Gift cards, an all expenses paid honeymoon, cash and a washing machine topped the list of the best wedding presents while his & her towels, bedding, canteens of cutlery and a kitchen clock were voted the worst
They say there’s nothing like a good wedding but a new survey by the seriously smart gift card company One4all reveals that attending a wedding can be an expensive business. According to the One4all wedding spending survey 72% of the 2,558 people polled plan to attend a wedding this year and a third (31%) will go to a minimum of two weddings in 2014. However, 41% of those questioned admit to having declined a wedding invitation in the past due to the overall cost of the day.
The gift of generosity
When it comes to buying a gift for the happy couple, it seems that we are a generous nation with 67% saying that they give the bride and groom a gift even if they don’t attend the wedding. Over half (57%) give cash while a gift card is the second most popular choice for 1 in 4. Two thirds (65%) spend up to €150 on a gift for the happy couple while a generous 1 in 4 say they usually spend €150-€200 on a wedding present.
A change of a dress
Over a third of those polled (38%) admit to always purchasing a new outfit for a wedding while a thrifty 22% say they tend to recycle something that’s already in their wardrobe. An image conscious 40% say that they’re more likely to buy a new outfit if they know that someone attending the wedding has already seen them wearing the outfit previously. 60% spend up to €150 on a new outfit while 17% say they spend €150-€200 while a further 9% claim to splash €200-€250.
Unsurprisingly weddings are most costly for women with 1 in 5 women polled saying they tend to get their hair and make-up done professionally for the big day while 40% say they just get their hair done. A price conscious 19% of women polled say they tend to do both themselves to save money.
An overnight stay
Almost a third (30%) say they always book into a hotel and B&B when attending a wedding and 45% of those staying over spend €100-€150 on accommodation. However, the majority only stay over for one night with 64% admitting to skipping the second night of celebrations. Almost half of people polled who have a partner (40%) say they tend to split all wedding costs 50:50.
Best & worst gifts
Of those polled, the 52% of respondents that were married provided details of their best and worst wedding gifts. Gift cards, an all expenses paid honeymoon, cash and a washing machine topped the list of the best wedding presents while his & her towels, bedding, canteens of cutlery and a kitchen clock were voted the worst wedding presents that those questioned received on their big day.
Commenting on the results, Aoife Davey, group marketing manager, One4all said “Our findings show that we are extremely generous nation when it comes to weddings with 1 in 4 spending €150-€200 on a wedding gift alone. It was also interesting to see from the results that many of the married couples polled received gifts they did not want or indeed have not used!
For anyone attending a wedding this year, a One4all gift card is the seriously smart option as not only are you giving them the gift of choice but this year you can also create your own personalised card online. Our new personalise my card service means you can upload a favourite picture of the happy couple online and create a greeting card to match – adding a genuine personal touch to your card.
To create a One4all personalised card visit www.one4all.ie The One4all is also available at your local Post Office and in selected PostPoint and Topaz Service Stations nationwide.
1. 72% of Irish people plan to attend a wedding this year with almost a third (31%) saying they will go to two weddings this year
2. 41% admit to declining an invitation due to the cost of the day
3. Over two thirds (67%) give the happy couple a gift even they don’t attend
4. 1 in 4 spend €150 - €200 on a wedding present
5. Almost half (40%) say they always buy a new outfit for a wedding
6. 60% spend up to €150 on a new outfit for a wedding
7. 30% splash the cash on a hotel or B&B when attending with 44% spending €100-€150 on accommodation
8. 1 in 5 women get their hair and make-up professionally done
9. Cash is the most popular wedding gift (57%) followed by 1 in 4 giving the happy couple a gift card