Whoever said love is free was never invited to a wedding. Credit: Colourbox
Even if you are already married or single and plan on staying that way, you might want to start a wedding fund; the cost of being a part of your friends' celebration of lifelong love is a costly one. Because we know you'll inevitably be at a brunch sometime in the near future where your friends are complaining about how expensive it is to go to a wedding, here are some stats you can casually contribute to the conversation:
$28,400: Average a couple spends on a wedding, not including the engagement ring and honeymoon, according to TheKnot.com.
$3,000: The average price of an open bar for a wedding, reports HowStuffWorks.com.
$592: Average cost a wedding guest spends (not including the gift), according to the results of an American Express survey.
$109: Average amount a person spends on a wedding gift for a friend, the same survey found.
$200: Average amount a person spends on a wedding gift for a family member, according to American Express.
$66: Average amount someone spends on a gift for a coworker getting married, the same survey found.