REVEALED: How expensive it *really* is to be a wedding guest

If you’re attending any weddings this year, you need to read this first…

It’s one of the most important days of their life - and, naturally, they want all their friends and family around them.

But what many brides and grooms fail to realise is that they are asking their loved ones to spend a LOT of money to attend their wedding.

And we mean a lot of money.

Yup, new research from Policy Expert has revealed that guests will be shelling out over £600 for each wedding they attend.


They broke down the data to show where the money all goes, explaining that the average UK wedding guest will be totting up a total spend of £644 on gifts, food, new clothes, accommodation and stag and hen dos.

And over a third of us even splash out on engagement presents, kicking off the spending spree long before the big day.

Aren’t we all lovely people, eh?

However, if you think you’ve got it rough, spare a thought for the poor parents of the couple; they reportedly spend over £700 on presents alone.

They’re closely followed by the grandparents, who spend around £245, followed by £144 for siblings, £78 from aunts and uncles and £57 for close friends.

Hmm - whatever happened to homemade gifts, eh?

Adam Powell, Head of Operations at Policy Expert commented: “If you or a family member is set to walk down the aisle this wedding season, it’s important to remember to check that the gifts received from generous guests as well as wedding rings and other valuables are covered in your home insurance policy.

“Policy Expert offers an additional 10% contents cover the month either side of your or your children’s wedding as standard, meaning you can cross the threshold on your return from honeymoon without any nasty surprises.”

Fair enough.

Are you surprised at how much it costs to be a wedding guest nowadays? And how many weddings will YOU be attending this year?

Let us know via Facebook or Twitter (@CloserOnline) now.

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