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Wedding Costs: Hosting the Engagement Party and Dinner for the Bridal Couple

A friend of the bridal couple is charged with hosting — and paying for — the engagement party

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One of the biggest complaints that I get from friends and family of the bridal couple is that everything is so expensive. Attending a wedding used to be simple thing: You looked at the registry and picked a gift. If there was a shower, a small gift was expected. Today, expenses for the non-bridal couple can run into hundreds upon hundreds of dollars. Here’s one friend’s predicament:

A friend of the bride asks: “It’s my pleasure to host an engagement party for a close friend. I don’t mind doing all the work, but my budget just won’t allow me to foot the whole restaurant bill. How can I let the guests know that they’ll have to cover their own dinners?”

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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