Being a wedding guest costs around £391 in 2019

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Being a wedding guest costs around £391 in 2019



Although celebrating a wedding is great fun, it can be expensive (Picture: Getty)It’s wedding season and if you have a big day every weekend, you are probably feeling pretty broke by now.
Being a wedding guest isn’t cheap.
According to the American Express annual study, it now costs an average of £391 to go to a wedding – between travel and accommodation, outfits, gifts and not forgetting the hen or stag do.
It’s increased by £88 from an average spend of £303 in 2018.
The biggest cost is the hotel (£72), followed by outfits (£68), the wedding present (£66) and then hen and stag dos (£58).
Travel costs an average of £57, drinks £45 and hair and beauty £25.
If you have lots of weddings coming up, there are some things you can do to cut costs.
Planning ahead is important – you might be able to cut travel costs by booking in advance and hotels could be cheaper. Try to book what you can as soon as the couple have confirmed a date. If other guests you know are driving, try to team up to share the cost of getting there.
Gifts are a big cost, especially if you want to buy the happy couple something special. Try to team up with other guests to club together and pick one of the more expensive items on the wedding list.

The average spend for a wedding guest

Item

2019 average spend

2018 average spend

Hotel

£72

£54

Outfit

£68

£50

Gift

£66

£57

Hen/stag do

£58

£42

Travel

£57

£42

Drinks

£45

£36

Hair and beauty

£25

£22

TOTAL

£391

£303

When it comes to your outfit, sign up for sales notifications in advance and think about picking something up long before the wedding day. Buying at the end of this summer for a wedding next summer can really cut costs.
Don’t be afraid to re wear an outfit, especially if it’s a completely different set of guests. Pick up new accessories to make it feel fresher.
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When it comes to the hen or stag do, try to opt for activities you can afford. You can support the bride and groom without having to take part in everything.
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