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Financial Woes of Being a Wedding Guest


Pay Dirt brought you “Wedding Guest Fatigue: 5 Tips To Beat It” after the British royal wedding last April. Today, we are playing “The Wedding March” again. Our fellow bloggers at Speakeasy have posted an amusing essay by Jennifer Close, author of “Girls In White Dresses,” on the financial perils of being a perennial wedding guest.

She writes: “If you’re in your 20s or early 30s, it’s a familiar conversation. Sometimes it’s whispered in corners, and sometimes it’s shouted in bars. Even if you’ve never been a part of it, you’ve at least overheard it—the whisperings of figures, the listing of expenses, the resentment of buying another $300 dress.” (And that doesn’t include the next round of weddings in your 40s and 50s.)

Close says that attending a friend’s wedding can cost over $450: “Once this is out there, numbers start flying: $400 in airfare, $75 on the cute lingerie for the bachelorette party, $50 for the blow-up man for the bride-to-be to carry around all night (plus $100 for all of the pink boas), $80 for the shower present (a painted serving bowl), and well, you get the idea.”

Pay Dirt readers, how many weddings have you been to in the last year – and how much did you spend?


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