Find out how much newlyweds net in wedding gifts...
15 Jul 2019
Recent research has revealed how much guests spend on the happy couple
A new study by Admiral Home Insurance has found that couples could receive almost £7,000 worth of gifts on their wedding day. On average, wedding guests will spend £85 per gift and £70 if they are invited to the evening party.
This value rises significantly if the bride or groom is an immediate family member, with guests spending an average of £137 on siblings and parents. Conversely, the average drops to £57 for gifts from wedding guests who are work colleagues.
Geographically, guests in Northern Ireland are the most generous with wedding gifts - spending £154, while guests in the East Midlands spend the least at £57. When it comes to evening guests, Londoners spend the most on the happy couple (£132), while guests in Yorkshire spend 68% less (£42).
However, the research also unearthed that 36% of wedding guests are more likely to give cash over gifts and only 29% claim they would choose something from the couple's gift list.
In tandem with this shift, a fifth of those surveyed who are already married said that they asked their guests for money over gifts - with donations towards honeymoons and charities also on the rise. A significant 42% didn't ask for anything from their guests.
Sarah Harris, digital editor of Bride magazine, says: "The wedding gift list service continues to evolve and larger, more expensive items are now readily available. Gift lists are also seeing a shift in the type of gifts available, with couples now able to opt for non-material gifts and ask for money towards their honeymoon, life experiences or donations towards their favourite charity.
"Wedding guests are increasingly generous and it is no surprise that couples are receiving gifts of such considerable value. For those couples fortunate enough to receive such expensive gifts, make sure your home insurance covers their worth - or take a look at Admiral's gold and platinum home insurance which includes Celebration Cover as standard."