Wedding guests expected to spend hundreds this summer

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - When wedding guests receive an invitation to those always popular June weddings, they'll be expected to fork over hundreds of dollars to attend the ceremony. Sure, you're excited for the happy couple. But if money is tight, that invitation might give you heart burn.

The latest American Express survey on weddings shows about 30% of adults will be attending one or more marriage ceremonies this year. Guests will spend an average of $539 to attend, up 59% from last year.

A majority of the out-of-pocket costs go toward travel, clothes, and that all-important gift.

If you'd like to save money, consider driving rather than flying. Staying with friends or family rather than renting a hotel room will save you a lot of cash, too.