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Resentment grows regarding cost of attending a wedding

Emma Lunn
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Emma Lunn

Wedding guests are dipping into their savings and sacrificing holidays to attend weddings – and they’re not happy about it.

‘You and Your Wedding’ says July and August are peak wedding season with a third (32 per cent) of UK weddings taking place in these two months alone.

But a survey by the AA/Populus found one in five wedding guests (19 per cent) say they sometimes resent the amount it costs to attend a wedding, while one in six (15 per cent) said the same about the cost of attending hen and stag dos.

The research found one in 10 people have racked up more bills going to other people’s weddings than they spent on their own wedding. The high cost of attending weddings has caused resentment, and declined invitations, as guests sacrifice holidays and borrow money in order to be able to attend nuptials.

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The AA found 7 per cent of wedding guests have dipped into savings to attend a wedding and 2 per cent have borrowed money so they didn’t miss out on the big day.

Millennials (those aged 25 to 34) were the most likely to feel resentment at the cost of being a wedding guest (30 per cent) or attending at hen/stag do (34 per cent). This is perhaps unsurprising given they are also the most likely to have used savings (14 per cent), sacrificed a holiday or cut back on expenditure (22 per cent) or borrowed money (7 per cent) to attend a wedding.

Women were more likely than men to resent the costs of being a wedding guest (23 per cent compared to 17 per cent) and were also more likely to have declined a hen/stag do invitation because of the cost (17 per cent compared to 12 per cent).

David Searle, director of AA Financial Services, said: “Wedding season will be well and truly underway soon and the costs of being on the guest list can really add up. It’s amazing to think one in ten of us have spent more on being a wedding guest than our own wedding cost us – particularly given reports the average UK wedding now costs more than £30,000.

“Our research has shown that millennials in particular are bearing the financial brunt of attending weddings and it is causing resentment amongst this generation.”