How To Attend a Wedding for Less

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There's plenty of advice out there about how to throw a wedding on a budget. But what about how to attend one?

When you're in your twenties and thirties, you may be invited to dozens of weddings. Attending each one has a cost, and those costs can seriously add up. At a time in life when most people don't have a lot of financial breathing room, it can actually become burdensome.No bride or groom wants it to be expensive or difficult for their guests to attend, though.

That being said, weddings are also expensive to host—the bride and groom or their families probably spent at least $100 for you to attend. So if you do attend, keep in mind that there's a difference between watching your wallet because you have to and being stingy. If you think you’ll save money and no one will know what you spent if you go off the registry, think again—when the couple tries to return that thing they don’t want, they’ll find out exactly how much it’s worth (or that you received it for your own wedding 10 years ago and are regifting it!).

For some tips on managing these costs when you're an invited guest, read my Financial Edge article for Investopedia, How to Attend a Wedding for Less.

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