The hidden costs of being a wedding guest revealed

24 Aug 2021

Research shows that each wedding guest spends over £200 per wedding 

Wedding season is back in full swing after the disappointments of 2020, and while weddings are joyful, happy occasions, they can also be expensive ones too, and not just for the bride and groom. New research from released today reveals the true costs of being a wedding guest – an eye watering amount in many cases.

According to the data, over three quarters (76%) of wedding guests have spent at least £200 per person on attending a wedding in the last five years, with the bills made up of a new outfit, an overnight stay and a wedding gift. 

A shocking 17% of guests have spent a whopping £1,000 each on the wedding, when you include stag and hen parties and travelling abroad to attend the event itself.  

Just 6% of those surveyed said that a wedding cost them less than £100 to attend, and many couples admitted to disagreeing when it comes to money and weddings – with over a third (34%) of people having argued with their partner about the amount of money to put in the wedding card, or to spend on a gift. 

The research also found that the average stag or hen do now cost a guest £365 each, covering travel, accommodation and new outfits. 

A new outfit for a wedding costs a female guest an average of £121, comprising new shoes, dress and bag - with the average gift amounting to £55. 

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