Couples may bear the brunt of most of the wedding expenses, but they're not the only ones who have to shell out big bucks for their Big Day.
Wedding guests must deal with the costs of transportation, gifts, wedding-appropriate clothing, child-care, pre-wedding celebrations and more -- often several times a year.
As a result, guests are spending less on weddings, according to recent research conducted by Echo Research for American Express. In an online survey of 1,500 consumers, researchers found that guests expect to spend an average of $339 to attend nuptials.
Those who are asked to be in the wedding typically have to shell out more dough than the average guest. However, that cost is going down as well. People involved in wedding parties are expected to spend roughly $377, compared to a whopping $539 in 2011.
To see more interesting findings from the research, click through the slideshow below.
What do newlyweds really want? More than half of couples surveyed prefer cash from their guests instead of something from their registry.
If you're tying the knot, expect a good deal of your gifts to be from your registry. Thirty-four percent of consumers surveyed typically choose gifts from the list of items that a couple picks out.
Don't underestimate the importance of wedding food. Sixty-two percent of those surveyed agreed that couples should spend the biggest bucks when it comes to the meal.
Guests expect to spend an average of $339 on gifts, travel arrangements, clothing and pre-wedding celebrations this year, which is a drastic drop from the $490 they expected to spend in 2011.
Not surprisingly, wedding guests spend the most (an average of $166) on gifts for close family members who are getting married, compared to close friends ($105) or co-workers ($56).