A Royal Pain In The Wallet
With the royal wedding just days away, chances of receiving an invite are about as slim as the likelihood that Lady Gaga and the pope will hook up. But given the chance, would you be willing to pay for an invite?
A new survey reports three out of five Americans would fork over $600 to attend the royal wedding. American Express posed the hypothetical question and turned up some interesting results. Apparently, live YouTube coverage of the royal wedding is not enough. Fans want to see Prince William of Wales marry Kate Middleton in person.
"While very few will be able to see William and Kate tie the knot in person, millions of Americans are planning to splurge on weddings this year," said a representative of American Express. "Our data shows that Americans attend an average of two weddings per year and are spending nearly $1,000 on attire, transportation and other expenses -- not including the gift."
Where does all that money go? Here's the cost breakdown for guests and wedding participants:
Maybe that $600 royal wedding ticket isn't such a bad deal after all. Again, you could also stream the nuptials on YouTube for free. Just saying.
9 better ways to spend $600
Here's what we plan to do with the $600 we won't be spending on a royal wedding invitation:
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