Wedding guests are ‘thinking creatively’ about ways to save on costs

Staying up all night, traveling on public transport and wearing the same outfit repeatedly were among the ways people planned to save on weddings this year, a survey found.

Almost a quarter (24%) of people said they couldn’t afford to accept all of their wedding invitations, according to research by credit-checking firm Experian.

Three in 10 (31%) respondents said they had turned down an invitation to a wedding, bachelorette party or bachelorette party due to the cost of living crisis.

The research said the average cost of attending a wedding was now £567 per person, with around £116 typically spent on accommodation.

To cut costs, people said they were exploring new ways to save, with some saying they plan to stay up all night so they don’t have to pay for a room and others saying they don’t. would only attend if the wedding did not require an overnight stay. stay.

Some interviewees said they only plan to attend weddings they can get to by public transport.

Other popular ways guests considered cutting costs included wearing the same outfit to multiple weddings and cutting back on other expenses such as dining out, to save for the big day.

Many wedding guests interviewed also felt sensitive to the costs the happy couple would incur.

More than half (57%) of wedding guests agreed that it has become more acceptable to pay for drinks and food at the reception as costs have skyrocketed.

More than half (52%) also agreed that society pressured couples into offering a free bar, which they felt was unfair.

Some people put wedding plans on hold due to coronavirus restrictions, which meant some guests had a backlog of previously postponed events to attend.

James Jones, Head of Consumer Affairs at Experian, said: “We all look forward to celebrating the reunion of friends or family, but it can be a costly occasion for guests as well as the lucky couple.

“With soaring daily living costs adding pressure to household budgets, many guests are thinking carefully, and sometimes creatively, about how they can manage the cost of attending the party.

“Our research found that more than a quarter (26%) of people attending a bachelor or bachelorette party or wedding plan to use credit to help spread the costs.

“People should obviously be careful never to borrow more than they can comfortably afford to repay and have a clear plan in place for how they will pay off any debt.

“Anyone with outstanding balances on credit should also consider researching and upgrading to better offers, such as a 0% balance transfer card, which may help reduce costs and speed up repayment.”

Opinium researchers surveyed 1,000 UK adults in May who were attending a wedding this year or had attended a wedding last year.

Here are the top ways wedding guests planned to save money, according to Experian:

1. Wear the same outfit to multiple weddings.

2. Cut back on luxuries like vacations and meals to save money.

3. Share a hotel room with someone to cut costs in half.

4. Only attend weddings that do not require overnight stays.

5. Make a wedding gift instead of buying a couple a present.

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