Wedding guests spend £470 on the big day

Published by Hannah Nemeth on 04 June 2014.
Last updated on 04 June 2014

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UK wedding guests will spend an average of £470 per wedding they attend this year, according to new research.

Splashing out on travel, accommodation, an outfit and a gift adds up to £470 for each wedding, which is 30% of the UK average monthly salary, a survey by American Express revealed.

People who live in Northern Ireland spend the most, with an average of £826 per wedding, compared to just £314 spent by those living in the South West.

However, when it comes to being generous with the gift for the happy couple, Londoners topped the poll, spending £95 on a present.

It's not surprising to find that more than half of wedding guests resented paying large sums to attend a wedding and just over a third said they wouldn't accept invitations because of the costs involved.

Two-thirds admitted they wouldn't go to a wedding overseas unless it was for close family.

Heather Laverne, vice president of Consumer Cards UK at American Express, said: "Attending a wedding can be a costly affair and can quickly add up to a large sum of money.

"There are ways, however, that money can be saved and it's important to plan ahead so that spending for the special day doesn't become a financial headache. Using rewards or points that have been accrued on credit cards or loyalty programmes is a good way to cut the cost of travel, gifts and outfits."

Average spend per wedding by region

East Anglia - £398
East Midlands - £542
London - £561
North East - £379
North West - £453
Northern Ireland - £826
Scotland - £491
South East - £442
South West - £314
Wales - £429
West Midlands - £496
Yorkshire & Humberside - £397

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