Being a Bridesmaid or Groomsman Is Forcing Millennials into Debt

Being a Bridesmaid or Groomsman Is Forcing Millennials into Debt

Parties, showers, formal wear, travel, gifts — it all adds up.

By Marianne Garvey
Brittany Cartwright Bachelorette

As Jax Taylor puts it, what's with the $300 mashed potato bar?

It's true  — millennials are going into debt over the cost of being a bridesmaid or groomsman in a friend’s wedding.

35 percent of bridesmaids and 30 percent of groomsmen shelled out so much cash leading up to the wedding, they fell into debt, reports a new survey.

The survey asked over 700 Americans between the ages of 18 and 53, both men and women, about their spending habits around weddings.

According to the findings, 58 percent of bridesmaids and 43 percent of groomsmen said that when they began to do the math for the upcoming wedding, they felt physically sick.

For the bridesmaids, the cost and the stress of spending too much often led to fights with the bride.

If you're asked to be a maid-of-honor or best man, it gets even worse. Nearly half (43 percent) of maids-of-honor and 38 percent of best men said they were forced to spend money they did not have on the bride or groom.

Most of the cash went to bachelor and bachelorette parties, travel, bridal showers, formal attire, gifts, and more. 37 percent of those asked said they've turned down an invite to be in a wedding because of the cost.

The study found the average cost of an American wedding to be $33,391.

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