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Going to weddings will cost us £1,300 each this year

Hull Live logo Hull Live 20/05/2022 Neil Shaw

Brits are set to spend almost £1,500 each attending weddings this year according to research by savings site, VoucherCodes.co.uk. The data reveals that the average person is set to be welcomed to 1.3 weddings this year, spending on average £1,138 on all the bells and whistles for each individual event. This comes to a whopping total annual spend of £1,479 to watch their loved ones say their vows in holy matri-money, at a time when living costs are through the roof.

From drinks to babysitters, wedding-goers have an array of costs to account for as part of their guest duties. However, accommodation takes the top spot for the biggest expense, with the average person spending £139 for somewhere to crash after the festivities.

Coming in as the second most expensive item on guests’ shopping lists is their outfits at an average of £137, so it’s no wonder one in 10 people now resort to borrowing clothes from a friend to save money (10%). Looking sharp also takes precedence over hen, stag and sten parties, as people spend on average 10% more on their outfits compared to the bride or groom’s big night out (£123.68).

Analysis of the data shows that men spend 34% more than women, splashing out £1,310 on average per wedding compared to £977 for women. Research shows that this is partly due to splurging on suits. When it comes to kitting themselves out for the ceremony, men are also willing to spend 38% more than women on their outfits, setting themselves back £159 and £115 respectively.

With the happy couple’s nearest and dearest spending copious amounts on attending their big day, it’s no surprise that many guests are feeling considerable strain on their bank accounts. In fact, particularly since the cost-of-living crisis began, almost half (47%) of guests say going to a wedding puts them under more pressure financially. Since everyday prices began increasing this year, more than two-fifths (45%) say they’ve recently noticed that costs associated with weddings have increased significantly, and more than a quarter (26%) also say they get financial anxiety thinking about how they’ll afford everything they need for wedding season.

Some have even decided to opt out of attending any weddings abroad due to the cost (7%). Over one in 10 (11%) frugal Brits have also said they’ll spend less on a wedding gift if they’ve only been invited to the reception, and the same number claim they’ll only go to a wedding if they’d invite the couple to their own.

When it comes to stag, hen and sten parties, there are several cities that go hand in hand with bachelor and bachelorette celebrations. Many of those painting the town white this year are set to make their mark in London (21%), with Manchester (11%) and Liverpool (9%) following closely behind. Those travelling further afield, are set to hit the streets of Dublin (5%) and Ibiza (4%).

Despite such glam locations making it to the list of most popular destinations, a third of disgruntled guests say costs have now gotten out of hand. Almost one in three (32%) say the cost of a UK party is almost the same as going abroad, while 24% feel an expectation from the happy couple to go overseas.

Anita Naik, Lifestyle Editor at VoucherCodes.co.uk said: "There’s no getting away from the fact that weddings can be expensive occasions but there are ways to lower costs and still make it to your favourite friends’ nuptials. Team up with friends for wedding gifts, shop around for deals as soon as you know the date to save money on everything from travel to party shoes, and even rent a designer outfit for as little as £13 a day.

"Above all remember you are free to choose what events you attend! Never feel obligated to attend every celebration up to the wedding, no one (especially the bride and groom) wants you to break the bank just because they are getting married."

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