It’s such an honour being asked to be a bridesmaid – it is, after all, the biggest day of the bride’s life, and she wants you right by her side through all of it. But, taking on such a role can prove to be pricey…
New research from American Express has found that bridesmaids spend over £450 for the privilege of being a bridesmaid. This may seem like a ridiculous figure, but once you factor in the hen do, gifts, travel and accommodation for the big day, numbers can easily add up.
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It’s not only bridesmaid who have to fork out for the big day – ushers’ wallets will take even more of a hit at £553 per wedding. And you can double those figures if two of your besties are tying the knot in the same year.
What’s more, attending a wedding as a guest isn’t all that cheaper either; 32% of Brits will attend at least one wedding in 2018, spending an average of £303 on each event. And with UK adults planning to attend on average three weddings this year, the bill nears £1,000!
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For wedding guests, the largest expense is the wedding gift at £57, followed by hotels, outfits and travel. However, 68% say they plan to wear the same outfit at more than one wedding rather than forking out for a new look each time.
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