Throwing a wedding is an expensive affair, but so is attending one. There's the airfare, the clothes and don't forget the gift.
The average guest expects to spend $703 per wedding this year, 5 percent more than last year, according to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker.
But you can be a guest without going broke, it just requires a little creative thinking.
One of the easiest ways to save money is by planning. Here's how to reduce the major costs of being a wedding guest: