Consumer Watch: Rising wedding costs


by Andy Treinen

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – It’s not cheap to throw a wedding and it really never has been.

Being a guest at a wedding is becoming more costly as well.

American Express estimates more than 67 million Americans will attend at least one wedding in 2014.

They say the average guest will spend $592 on travel, gifts and attire which is up 10 percent since last year.

An early start can help guests trim costs on both gifts and travel.

Reasonably priced gifts tend to be the first items snagged on a wedding registry. Also consider sharing the cost of a big-ticket item with other guests.

Book plane tickets as soon as you RSVP and while a block of hotel rooms may be set aside for wedding guests, shop around to ensure it’s the best deal in town.

Few ladies want to be seen wearing the same outfit once, twice or three times to weddings, especially in the social media era.

Consider picking up dresses for each occasion from one of the designer rental site, rather than buying.

It’s an option bridges may want to consider for wedding attendants too, since bridesmaids dresses rarely get a second wear.

The increase in guests’ expenses also comes as the bride and groom pay more to create a fun experience for family and friends.

A survey of last year’s weddings by “The Knot” found the average couple spent $200 per guest on food, entertainment and more.