Don't go broke to be a wedding guest

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Have you got a slew of wedding invitations for June? According to, this is the most popular month for weddings, and your wallet might be feeling the strain. So here are some tips on how to be a good guest without breaking your budget.

Depending on how close you are to the engaged couple, your financial involvement in their wedding can go deep from engagement parties straight through to the wedding. 

So what does that add up to? says if you’re planning to spend $200, here’s how to break it down: spend 20% on the engagement and shower gift ($40 for each),  and 60% or $120 on the wedding gift.

And when it comes to the wedding gift, don’t get creative: stick with the registry, don’t bring the gift to the wedding, and if you’re shopping last-minute, recommends to buy a gift card to one of the stores the couple registered with.

Keep in mind that if you can’t attend the reception –say you’re too strapped to travel to their wedding- you should still send the couple a gift. and Announce New 2011 Wedding Statistics -- Including Average Wedding Budget and Top Wedding Trends

XO Group Inc., a global media and technology leader and creator of the top two wedding websites, and, today released the results of its annual Real Weddings Survey, which surveyed nearly 18,000 US couples married in 2011. & 2011 Real Weddings Survey captures detailed information on wedding budget, style preferences, event characteristics and other key information related to the bridal demographic.

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