Wedding guests' true feelings uncovered

08 Dec 2016

Hen party specialist GoHen has revealed the results of its 2016 Wedding Guest Survey

A recent study has lifted the lid on what guests really think about the weddings that they have been invited to.

GoHen's Wedding Guest Survey took into account the views of 2,500 female respondents, 66% of which had attended at least one wedding in 2016.

A shocking 23% of guests admitted to wishing they could have turned down a wedding invitation, while 52% of guests confessed to spending more on a gift than they wanted to. 

Meeting friends and family was the favourite aspect of the wedding day for most guests (39%), yet 1 in 10 felt this was the worst part. Wedding freebies also proved popular, with  'free food' the thing that 12% of guests looked forward to. 

The biggest wedding turn offs included travelling too far (27%), people having too much to drink (23%) and a bad DJ (18%).

Respondents of the survey also shared their best, weird and worst wedding stories which included:

  • A wedding close to the Bournemouth air show and the Red Arrows flew overhead on the "I dos"
  • A cardboard cut-out of the couple's cat at the altar
  • The bride and groom leaving after just two hours and saying: "Enjoy the rest of your day"

GoHen's Poppy Ratcliffe said: "Our survey showed most people think it's great to be able to attend the happiest day of someone's life, even if occasionally it causes the odd dilemma. We did uncover some lovely stories though including the groom who learnt to play the guitar in secret just so he could sing to his bride on their wedding day."

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