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High cost of weddings causing guests to decline invite

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Posted at 7:13 AM, Apr 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 10:26:03-04

Friends and family are increasingly put off by the rising cost of weddings.

A recent Priceline survey says 40 percent skipped a ceremony because of money.

In 2016, the average cost per guest of attending a wedding hit upwards of $700 --up from $673 the year before and double what got spent in 2012.

Fueling the rise was travel. 15 percent said they'd spent more than a $1,000 getting to and staying for a wedding.

Part of the issue- destination weddings that can make it hard for guests to come up with the cash to attend.

One financial analyst suggests millennials should have a separate dedicated savings account just for wedding-related costs.

Weddings themselves aren't getting any cheaper: the average ceremony including honeymoon is just over $35,000.

WTMJ Radio discussed this topic. To listen, click in the SoundCloud player below.