It's Getting Too Expensive To Attend A Wedding, Let Alone Stage One!

High angle view of bride and groom dancing at wedding reception

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We all know that weddings are expensive, but so is going to one ... According to wedding planning site Zola, the average cost of a wedding today is $29,000, up from $28,000 in 2022. But that depends largely on where you live. According to The Knot, a wedding costs an average of $46,000 in New York and $51,000 in New Jersey. But how much does it cost to attend a wedding? According to a survey by Bankrate, in between travel, hotel, gifts, clothes, and hair and makeup, the average wedding guest will spend roughly $611 per wedding this year, while people in the Northeast will spend an average of $774.

With that in mind, if you, as a guest, are asked to leave your children at home consider that a blessing. Your cost to attend would only be greater starting with a larger hotel room. You'll end up needing to order room service or hit up a near by fast food joint because the kids won't eat what is served at the reception. -Matt Appleby

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