Great expectations? Ever wondered how much your guests are willing to spend to attend your big day? Wonder no more as we get stat happy…
Turns out, we would walk 500 miles, and 500 more… for love. Recent research from One4all Gift Card reveals some intriguing and surprising statistics about your beloved guests. If you’re in that too-often ‘is it rude to put a six-piece suit down on my gift list’ dilemma, then read on and get ready to get stat happy…
According to a survey of 2,000 UK adults carried out by One4all, the Post Office gift card, engaged brits should expect a bumper guest list, as new research has revealed wedding guests are more than happy to go the extra mile for loved ones’ nuptials, both in distance and financially. (Hurrah! We can hear you brides cry!)
How far do guest travel?
Incredibly, of those surveyed, guests would be willing to travel an astonishing 1,163 miles – more than the distance from London and Barcelona or Manchester to Nice – to be at a loved one’s wedding. The data also revealed newlyweds-to-be debating saying ‘I do’ overseas shouldn’t be put off my what guests will think, as just 16% consider weddings being held abroad selfish. A third (31%) even welcome the idea of travelling to a wedding abroad.
The overseas wedding trend is being fueled by celebrity couples who are jetting off abroad to tie the knot. In the last year, Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh and former Triple 8 member, Justin Scott said ‘I do’ in Barbados, while Hollywood actress Eva Longoria married successful business man Jose Baston in Mexico, and Glee star Dianna Agron and Mumford and Sons’ Winston Marshall tied the knot in Morocco.
Food for thought: Nottingham locals are willing to travel the furthest to attend a loved one’s wedding, clocking up 1,792 miles.
How much do guests spend?
Including travel, accommodation, gifts for the newlyweds, an outfit, beauty treatments and drinks at the reception, Brits are willing to spend £827.45 on average when attending a loved one’s wedding. Perhaps unsurprisingly, wedding guests in London are willing to splash out the most at £944, followed by those in Leeds, £891 and Edinburgh, £866. When quizzed on the costs, 28% of respondents said they do not mind splashing the cash as it’s a special occasion.
Aoife Davey, group marketing manager at One4all Gift Cards, commented: “It’s really heartwarming to see just how much British adults are willing to spend and how far they are willing to travel to be a part of their loved ones’ big day – 1,163 miles is a really long way and for many, £827 is a lot to spend on somebody else’s wedding.”
“I think it’s common for those planning their wedding to choose a location that will appease family and friends, but in fact, our data shows that Brits would happily travel long distances to see the couple tie the knot. It also appears that wedding guests in the UK are more than happy to splash out on accommodation, outfits, beauty treatments and gifts for the newlyweds, as they value a wedding as a special occasion – this will be welcome news for couples planning their big day who are concerned about keeping costs down for guests.”
Wonderful news for brides the country over! And feeling just a little bit Love Actually too… aren’t we all in love with celebrating love? Now that is something to celebrate!
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