What do the groom, best man and male guests really think of weddings?

20 Jul 2017

Find out the real thoughts and worries of the groom, best man and male wedding guests

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StagWeb.co.uk polled more than 1,000 grooms, best men and male wedding guests to find out what they really think about weddings. 

The groom

While the groom's biggest worry was giving a speech (58%), the cost of the wedding proved similarly terrifying (56%). Surprisingly, grooms were more worried about what they were going to wear (15%) than about making such a big commitment (11%). Not concerned with getting emotional, only 5% were most worried about not crying during the ceremony. And what about their input into the wedding planning? The majority of grooms only 'answered when asked' (28%), 26% 'planned it all together 50/50', and 10% claimed it was 'not my job'. 

The best man

As expected, 63% of men consider the best man's speech the scariest part of the role, yet their prioritisation is questionable - with best men spending more time planning the stag weekend than writing their speech, on average. Just 62% of best men buy a gift for the newlyweds, while 47% spend out on a new pair of shoes for the day. 

The guest

Of the 65% of men who attend a wedding each year, 22% said the best thing about the day was the free food. The biggest wedding turn off is a bad DJ according to 21% of those polled, and it seems generosity doesn't come naturally to some with 13% saying the worst cost of being a guest is having to buy a gift. 

StagWeb's director of operations, Steve Roddy, said, "We were really amazed at some of the results. It seems perhaps us men are much keener on weddings than we like to admit."

See the full poll results of the survey at StagWeb.co.uk.

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