Double that if abroad and more if a bridesmaid!
Recent research by Provident reveals just how much attending a wedding is costing guests each time.
A nationwide survey of 1040 Brits reveals how much people are spending to attend a wedding as a guest both in the UK or abroad.
The research found that 1 in 6 UK couples now get married overseas, which significantly increases the amount a guest must spend in order to be able to attend the celebration.
Wedding guests could be forking out £2,000
The average UK wedding guest spends £1015 spread across hotels, wedding gifts, an outfit and the hen/stag do. The total amount includes pre-wedding celebrations such as celebratory drinks, meals and engagement party outfits.
However, guests at abroad weddings are forking out an extra £1035 more for flights, hotels, insurance and luggage totaling £2050 on average.
Provident have mapped out exactly what the difference between attending a wedding abroad is compared to a wedding in the UK to help guests plan their budget:
|Description||UK Wedding Cost £||Abroad Wedding Cost (total party) £|
|Airport Car Parking||N/A||£149|
However, the price of attending a wedding varies by the guest type.
Bridesmaids are spending on average £1058 out of their own pocket to attend the big day but it’s parents of the bride that must fork out the most.
Parents of the bride are spending on average £1450 to attend their daughter’s wedding.
Wedding cost by guest type:
|Description||Parents of the bride||Parents of the groom||Best man/woman||Bridesmaid/groomsman|
There is a significant difference between the cost of a UK wedding and a wedding abroad but there are ways that you can save money and keep the costs down for both.
Provident have offered some tips on how to do this:
- Book flights in advance if you can
- Look into staying in budget accommodation and stay at the wedding venue for the main evening
- Try to pack light and only have hand luggage or share a hold bag between friends and family
- Re-wear something you already have and use accessories to change the look
- Buy a smaller wedding present that can easily fit into your hand luggage