They say that love is priceless and at Atlanta Jewish & Interfaith Weddings, we would have to agree with that sentiment, but weddings on the other hand…well…those cost a nice chunk of change. We all expect weddings to cost some money; that is a give-in, but according to this Bustle article, the cost has gone up astronomically.
Lucia Peters writes, “It costs the average guest $673 just to attend a wedding. That is almost $100 more than it cost last year, which was already awful at $592. Do you have a wedding to go to this summer? I’m sorry. Do you have, like five weddings to go this summer? I’m so, so sorry. You have my deepest sympathies, and I really, really wish there was something I could do to make it better for you.”
When it comes to wedding season and going to one, it seems more like a job or that you are paying tuition to take part in the festivities. Weddings should be a fun experience, but for many guests, it feels more like a pyramid scheme; that the couple inviting you and your plus one is more interested in the money or gift they will receive from you than actually seeing your smiling faces – and let’s be honest, that doesn’t really make you feel good now, does it?
What it comes down to is that you shouldn’t travel out of town for a wedding if you have credit card debt or money problems in general. Whatever money you drop down on a wedding might be worth a lot more in the bank than the “experience” of going to an acquaintance’s wedding. This could be a blow to romantics everywhere, but a wedding shouldn’t be about money, about a couple inviting everyone just to get some extra bit of cash. It should be about love; it’s not a pyramid scheme. Remember, you don’t have to go to EVERY wedding you get invited to; it’s okay to say no.