This is why people are declining your wedding invitations

Weddings are becoming increasingly expensive for the bride and groom — and the guests.

Wedding guests in the Northeast are more than twice as likely as the rest of the country to spend at least $200 on a wedding gift for a close friend or family member, according to a survey of 1,000 U.S. adults by personal finance website Bankrate.com. What’s more, people in the Northeast and Midwest most often give cash, while those in the South and the West are more likely to give an actual gift from the wedding registry.

But the expense of attending a wedding is too much of a financial strain for some: 21% of would-be guests indicate that they have declined a wedding invitation because they felt they couldn’t afford to go, including 27% of women and 16% of men.

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