(WHAS11) -- Here comes the bride and the bills. It's not just the happy couple that has to worry about the cost of weddings. Guests are often asked to shell out big bucks just for the honor of attending.
Good Morning Kentuckiana’s Andy Treinen has a look at ways wedding guests can save in today’s Consumer Watch.
When wedding guests receive an invitation, they're excited for the happy couple, but also, often concerned about the costs.
The latest American Express spending and saving tracker survey found 30% of adults will be attending one or more weddings this year and that means one or more occasions for celebrating and spending.
Wedding guests plan to spend an average of $539 per wedding, up 59% from last year. A majority of out of pocket costs will go towards travel, attire, and of course, a gift. But, there are a few things you can do to cut down on the cost of being a guest.
1. Consider driving to the destination, rather than flying. It may cost you more time, but could save you some cash.
2. If you have friends or family in the area, skip the hotel and crash on a couch.
3. Don't be afraid to give a less-expensive or possibly even homemade gift.
The etiquette experts at Emily Post say while before or on the big day is best, a late gift is better than never. If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org