Thanks for sharing this! I’ve been thinking about the similar costs of friendships that are so important to us recently. Mr. Branches and I are going to a wedding in October for the person who more or less brought us together. It’s going to cost $210 + taxes for our hotel room, $529 for our plane tickets (that’s the total for the both of us) and I’ve yet to figure out the other costs ahead like our gift, transportation from the airport to the hotel which is a solid 45–60 minutes away, and so on. But, we would not miss this wedding for the world.