Everyone loves a wedding, but we all know how the time and costs of being a member of the wedding party can rapidly add up.
We surveyed 1,003 UK adults to find out how much being a member of a wedding party is costing us as a nation and it was interesting to see the results.
According to the research, the average Brit is a member of a wedding party four times in their life, spending an average of £2,809 and almost a full month (27.8 days) planning and celebrating their loved one’s special day!
Those closest to the bride and groom tend to spend over a week of their time helping to plan and organise the wedding, while spending a whopping £776, almost double the average wedding guest who spends on average £391 [i].
While looking at the most time-consuming tasks, we found that bridesmaids, ushers and parents of the lucky couple volunteer the most time while helping plan the big day (18 hours 34 minutes), followed planning and participating in the engagement party celebrations (10 hours 11 minutes) and hen and stag parties (18 hours).
It may be a honour for loved ones to ask you to be a member of their party, but the research also revealed that 71% of wedding party members were asked to cough up £104 on average for their own outfits and 65% of people had to pay for their travel and accommodation at the wedding, spending an average of £99.
It wasn’t so surprising after seeing this data to find that more than 1 in 10 people (11%) decided to decline the offer of being a member of a wedding party because of the cost involved. 7% of people even admitted to regretting being a member of a wedding party!
On the other hand - despite the huge investment - the research found that most Brits (93%) enjoyed being a member of the wedding party and more than 1 in 3 (34%) thought being asked to be a member of the wedding party was a huge privilege.
Following the big day, it was nice to see that newlyweds would make sure the wedding party knew their time and effort hadn’t gone unnoticed with 90% of the bridal party surveyed having received a thank you gift. Gift cards and vouchers (44%) were found to be the most popular thank you gifts to receive, followed by something homemade (30%) and jewellery (27%).
Overall, being a member of the wedding party may be costly but it’s normally worthwhile as it’s not often you get to share in someone’s special day!