(Closed) Typical cost of wedding for guest

posted 5 years ago in Money
  • poll: Average you spend on a wedding
    250 or less : (21 votes)
    44 %
    500 or less : (18 votes)
    38 %
    750 or less : (6 votes)
    13 %
    1000 or less : (3 votes)
    6 %
    1500 or less : (0 votes)
    1501 + : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    12068 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @BrookeBQ:  We are trying to keep costs down for our guests, but for my family, there’s potential for it to be around $1000 per person depending on flights.  We’re getting a great rate for people on hotels but flights from Newfounland average about $600 return unless you get lucky! Clearly I’m not expecting gifts from my family!

    Most weddings, even those that are ‘local’ I usually book a hotel.  Unless it’s less than a 10 minute drive I’m not taking a cab, it just gets too costly.  FH works for a hotel so we usually get our rooms for $49 (but that would typically be $150), $100 gift, $100 meals day of/day after, plus there’s usually a shower and a bachelorette I’ve gone to.  I’ve easily spent $500 on some weddings.  The one we’re going to in a couple weeks has cost us $1100 in airfare – but it’s in my hometown and we haven’t been back since we got engaged and I”ve been friends with this girl 17+ years.

    Post # 4
    8433 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    We probably spend $750 or less for an in town wedding but $500 of that is a cash gift to the couple. If the venue is within 3hrs drive we will drive home and not stay at a hotel.


    Post # 5
    3082 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    @BrookeBQ:  including a gift? Or just without one? Ours will be under $250, I think. If they decide to stay in the hotel

    That’s without gift 

    Post # 6
    2084 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I figured for the weekend stay in NYC, flights, and wedding gift will be $1000 or less for my family.

    Post # 7
    604 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Our hotel group rate is $100/night.  There are plenty of low cost food options nearby and the metro/buses really close so no one needs to rent a car.  For our guests who are traveling from other E coast areas and can drive or take the Amtrak train to the wedding, I’m guessing they’ll spend $300-400.  For our friends and family that are flying in, I’d say more like $700.

    Post # 8
    8387 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted $500 or less, but if it doesn’t require a hotel room it would be less than $250 I think.

    Post # 10
    233 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’m hoping it’s not too bad for our guests. Our hotels are $100-120/night, but most of my family has to fly. So I would hope it would be less than $1000 for them. On the other hand, most of FI’s family is driving, so they won’t be spending nearly as much. It’s an expensive endeavor for everyone, that’s for sure.

    Post # 11
    5966 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @BrookeBQ:  That sounds totally fine to me.  I’m from BC as well and would love the chance to attend an island wedding – so fun!  Guests will have the opportuntiy to wratched the costs/time committment as they so choose.  Some may take extra days off and make it a mini-vacation, some may take a sea plane, some may car-pool, some may not come at all.

    Unless your group tends to be really tight on time (ferry lines & drives) or really tight on cash, I think this is fine.

    Post # 12
    747 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @BrookeBQ:  I think that seems reasonable 🙂 plus people will probably turn the experience into a fun little mini trip and view it as such.  

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