Brits spend more than £2k attending weddings, report reveals

05 Apr 2019

A report has revealed that Britons will spend £2,151 attending up to three weddings in 2019

The research by hotel operator, Travelodge, revealed that 40% of Britons have been invited to three weddings this year and will be spending around £717 per wedding; equating to £2,151 for attending as a wedding guest in 2019. 

The largest expenditure was unveiled as accommodation and transport (£183), with further outlays including outfits (£174), beauty treatments (£98), wedding gifts (£153) and extra costs such as reception drinks (£109). 

A surprising 33% of the adults surveyed said that they would prefer to spend their hard earned cash on a holiday rather than attending a wedding. 

Travelodge spokesperson, Shakila Ahmed, says: “Nowadays, weddings are not just expensive and stressful for the bridal couple but they have become a budget-buster for guests too. With the average cost of attending a wedding being £717, which is the cost of a holiday, it’s not surprising that so many Britons are declining attending a family member or friend’s big day."

The report also revealed the regions where guests would spend the most attending weddings. It showed that Londoners are the UK’s most extravagant wedding guests spending a total of £740 per wedding. However, the nation’s most frugal wedding guests were Wolverhamptoners spending as little as £190. 

Shakila Ahmed says: “To help ensure brides and grooms are surrounded by their loved ones on their big day, we have launched the one-stop Wedding Service that eliminates the stress and reduces the accommodation cost for wedding guests. With a network of 563 UK hotels, there is always a Travelodge nearby.”     

The Travelodge Wedding Service has been designed in response to customer feedback and extensive consumer research and features the following:

  • A dedicated Travelodge expert who will design a bespoke wedding service
  • A low cost, tailored accommodation service close to the wedding venue
  • A personalised website, booking platform and helpline that the bride and groom can share with their wedding party

Click here for more information on the Travelodge bespoke Wedding Service.

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