EDT As weddings become more elaborate, guests send more regrets The real reason guests are declining your wedding invite The average cost per guest of attending a wedding hit $703 last year. When it comes to your wedding day, its not all about you. If a lot of invited wedding guests are ducking out before your big day, there may be a simple reason: Its not that they dont like you, its that they dont like your budget. Friends and family of marrying couples are increasingly put off by the rising costs of weddings. Some 40% of wedding guests have skipped out on attending a ceremony due to its cost, a survey by travel website Priceline found. The site, which obviously has a vested interest in people booking trips, surveyed around 1,000 millennials in February. The cost of weddings has dramatically risen each year since the recession. In 2016, the average cost per guest of attending a wedding hit $703, up from $673 in 2015 and more than double what guests spent in 2012, according to the 2016 American Express Spending & Saving Tracker . Most people attend three weddings a year on average, it found, and millennials planned to spend 27% more than the general population at $893 per wedding. The average ceremony excluding a honeymoon now cost an average of $35,329, up from $32,641, according to the most recent data from TheKnot.com wedding website.
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Weve all had those years, when everyone in our circle of friends seems to be getting hitched and the concept of wedding season seems to encompass a good 20 months. This guest dared to wear the same outfit to three of those weddings and received an unpleasant surprise afterward. My cousin, who was at both family same-outfit weddings, sent me a load of photographs yesterday and said in the email, Its a shame you couldnt be bothered to wear something different,’ GameOldBirdz wrote the joking reply, Im sorry if I offended you [by] recycling my outfit, Im cheap. Instead of laughing it off, the cousin sent a massive paragraph saying I was disrespectful, that it was very bad show, it was rude and that if I didnt want to go I should have declined the invitation rather than turn up inappropriately dressed (her words). When GameOldBirdz turned to her mother for support in the matter, she too said that recycling her outfit was inappropriate. Judging by the 360 comments (and counting) this post has received, the cousin and mother are in the minority there. Disrespectful to whom? asked Mumsnet user brassbrass. Would the bride and groom have noticed you were wearing the same dress? Would they have cared? Lets face it, if they had time to care about your dress it would signal they were having a really s*** wedding. Others pointed out that men usually wear the same suits to every wedding they attend. There were also several who agreed that wearing the same outfit was a great money-saving tactic. Your cousin is totally out of order! Wedding outfits are expensive and add massively to the cost of going to a wedding, wrote user HellonHeels.
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