Getting invited to someone's wedding often requires new clothes, a gift that doesn't suck, and in some cases, travel before you RSVP. But getting asked to be IN a wedding can actually turn into a enough credit card debt to send someone on a nice honeymoon. And while you'd think bridesmaids handily outspend groomsmen, the results of a new survey suggest the opposite: men pay more. A lot more.
A firm called GOBankingRates surveyed more than 1,000 recent bridesmaids and groomsmen and found that the average cost of being part of either group easily tops $1,000, when you add up things like clothing, bachelor and bachelorette parties, gifts, and other expenses. And while bridesmaids were found to spend about $214 on their attire for the wedding, groomsmen were shown to shell out about $245 for their tuxes. Additionally, groomsmen tend to vastly outspend bridesmaids when it comes to "pre-wedding festivities, with the average bachelor party setting them back $681.13 versus the average bachelorette party cost of $437.31 -- a difference of about $244.