A recent survey by American Express explored the rising cost of weddings. But, the bride and groom were not the subject of the article, surveyors examined the expenses of the guests. According to the report, wedding guests spend an average of $600 to attend each ceremony. This amount includes the cost of purchasing outfits, travel arrangements and hotel stays. Did you notice that the price of the gift has not been mentioned? Believe it or not, that's an extra cost. According to a CBS news report, wedding etiquette experts suggest that guests spend between $75 - $100 for a wedding gift. If you are a family member, the suggested amount increases to $146.
But these extra expenses are being reciprocated. Couples are making extra efforts to provide their guests with unforgettable experiences. They are making their weddings more extravagant or providing their guests with unexpected surprises, like massages or pillow presents in their hotel rooms. Your guests spend their time, energy and money to be a part of your wedding. Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate their presence.