wedding guest cost

This is how much it costs to go to your friend’s wedding

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  • Spoiler alert: it’s a lot

    While there’s much hoo-ha about how much it really costs to have a wedding, there’s not much talk about the problem here, which is how much you need to fork out as a wedding guest. Though recently it was recently it was revealed that this is how much you spend on a wedding gift (sorry what?).

    Because if you think about it, you’re going to be attending a lot more weddings than you will be getting married. Hopefully.

    Well now the average cost of going to a friend’s wedding has been revealed, and in a not so surprising twist, it’s a lot. In fact, it’s the equivalent of almost a full week’s pay.

    According to research by Paymentsense, who polled 2,000 people, Brits spend around £498 for every wedding they go to. That includes hen and stag dos, as well as travel and accommodation for the big day.

    Men tend to spend more, with an average of £573 per wedding (ouch), while it ends up costing women about £428. The hen do alone costs an average of £207.08, which makes sense considering the trend for get-togethers abroad.

    Given that towards your thirties, you’re probably going to about four weddings a year, that’s about a month’s salary. Or a holiday.

    Not that we’re feeling cynical here, but that little fact might be worth bearing in mind next time it comes to RSVP’ing…

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