Brits spend almost a week’s salary to attend weddings

13 Jul 2016

New research has revealed that UK wedding guests will spend an average of £479 on each wedding they attend

In a recent survey of over 2,000 adults, American Express has found that wedding guests will spend nearly a week’s salary on every wedding they attend.

Splashing the cash on everything from gifts to accommodation, the costs can amount to £479 - £24 less than the UK average weekly salary.

A breakdown of the costs can be found below:

  • Gifts - £102
  • Travel - £94
  • Outfit - £75
  • Hotel / accommodation - £74
  • Hen / stag dos - £58
  • Drinks - £48
  • Hair & beauty - £28 

But it seems that the nation are aware of these costs, attempting to manage their budgets with 52% looking to shop in the sales for their outfit, 59% looking to recycle old outfits and a further 46% using rewards or loyalty cards on their pre-wedding purchases.

Jenny Cheung, director at American Express said: "While a wedding was once considered extremely costly for the bride's father, our study shows that guests face a significant bill. With this in mind, it's never been more important to get your finances in order so you can have fun when it comes to the big day.”

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