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When it comes to big ticket items in life, the cost of weddings can add up, including for bridesmaids and wedding guests.

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As of 2023, the average wedding cost — including both the ceremony and reception — was $35,000, according to 'The Knot.'

As of 2023, the average wedding cost — including both the ceremony and reception — was $35,000, according to ‘The Knot.’

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As of 2023, the average engagement ring cost was $5,500, according to 'The Knot.' As of 2023, popular wedding bands tend to range from $700 to $1,200, according to 'Brides.'

As of 2023, the average engagement ring cost was $5,500, according to ‘The Knot.’ As of 2023, popular wedding bands tend to range from $700 to $1,200, according to ‘Brides.’

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A recent BLUEPRINT study suggested that couples favored smaller weddings over larger ones, perhaps due to some lingering concerns after the pandemic. From 2021 to 2024, 44% percent of couples opted for intimate gatherings of fewer than 50 people.

A recent BLUEPRINT study suggested that couples favored smaller weddings over larger ones, perhaps due to some lingering concerns after the pandemic. From 2021 to 2024, 44% percent of couples opted for intimate gatherings of fewer than 50 people.

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As of 2023, couples spent an average of $5,700 on their honeymoon, according to 'The Knot.'

As of 2023, couples spent an average of $5,700 on their honeymoon, according to ‘The Knot.’

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These days, being a bridesmaid can get very expensive, especially if the ceremony and prenuptial festivities are out of town, adding even more costs on top of the bridal party attire and other expenses.

These days, being a bridesmaid can get very expensive, especially if the ceremony and prenuptial festivities are out of town, adding even more costs on top of the bridal party attire and other expenses.

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Costs for bridal showers include food, decorations and guests will need to buys gifts and factor in travel expenses if the shower is out of town.

Costs for bridal showers include food, decorations and guests will need to buys gifts and factor in travel expenses if the shower is out of town.

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According to 'The Knot,' the cost of a destination bachelorette party can cost an average of $1,300 per person.

According to ‘The Knot,’ the cost of a destination bachelorette party can cost an average of $1,300 per person.

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Despite the cost of bridesmaid's dresses and alterations, they often only get worn once, on the wedding day.

Despite the cost of bridesmaid’s dresses and alterations, they often only get worn once, on the wedding day.

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Bridal party members also need to plan on the salon expenses for hair and makeup.

Bridal party members also need to plan on the salon expenses for hair and makeup.

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While wedding registries can make it easier to choose wedding gifts, their cost is another item in a budget for wedding guests.

While wedding registries can make it easier to choose wedding gifts, their cost is another item in a budget for wedding guests.

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Destination weddings provide memorable locations for a bride and groom's big day. Airfare, hotel, car rides and excursions add to the cost of attending.

Destination weddings provide memorable locations for a bride and groom’s big day. Airfare, hotel, car rides and excursions add to the cost of attending.

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Air travel for bridal showers, bachelorette parties and destination weddings can cost bridesmaids over $1,000 alone.

Air travel for bridal showers, bachelorette parties and destination weddings can cost bridesmaids over $1,000 alone.

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Bridesmaids can share hotel rooms but they still need to factor that into their travel budgets.

Bridesmaids can share hotel rooms but they still need to factor that into their travel budgets.

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