Research reveals high price tag for 2017 wedding guests

10 May 2017

The average cost of being a wedding guest, bridesmaid, or usher has been revealed in new research from American Express

New research from American Express has revealed that the average cost for a wedding guest in 2017 will be £432, with the largest expense being the wedding gift, at an average of £85, followed by hotel accommodation, an outfit, and travel to attend the event. With UK adults planning to celebrate on average four weddings this year, the total cost may amount to up to £1,728 each.

Despite this seemingly large price tag, wedding guest expenditure is actually slightly down versus last year, when guests spent an average of £479 per wedding.

Ushers and bridesmaids, however, will spend significantly more than the other guests. Bridesmaids will spend up to £650 for each wedding, with the hen party being the costliest outlay at £140, whilst ushers will pay nearly £900 thanks to expensive pre-ceremony celebrations and lavish gifts. Despite this, 69% of ushers and bridesmaids have stated that they are happy to spend the money taking on the special role.

Weddings don’t have to cost you a fortune, though. Here are some money-saving tips for guests this wedding season from celebrity wedding planner Mark Niemierko.

Destination pre-planning

The moment you accept a wedding invite is the time to check travel prices; venues may be located at the other end of the country, or even abroad. By planning ahead, you can book your travel tickets in advance and get a better deal. You might even decide to make the most of the wedding destination and plan a holiday around the wedding.

Picking the perfect outfit

When you receive the invitation, do your research before heading to the high street for your outfit.  If you haven’t been to the wedding venue before – a quick internet search will help guide you on the suitable look for such a venue. Taking advantage of the sales and keeping an eye out for bargains is always a good idea, Consider shopping out of season to avoid being caught wearing the same outfit as someone else.

Get cashback on your spending 

Be savvy and put your wedding spend on a card that earns cashback so you can treat yourself or a loved one at a later date.

Finding that perfect gift 

Think ahead when buying a wedding gift. Look for sales and keep a gift closet (especially if you have a lot of weddings coming up this year.) That way you will always have something to hand when the next wedding invitation arrives in the post. 

Points make presents 

Check how many rewards points you have on your credit, charge or store card. You may well have enough to get a wedding gift with your points, which means you can give a gift without spending a penny.

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