“The most recently the wedding of my best friend was in Dubai so that was quite expensive...the wedding before that was in Jamaica and that was even more expensive.”
Danielle Dash, a writer from London, hasn’t been to many weddings – four, to be precise – but despite being choosy about which ones she goes to, they still end up being costly. She has spent roughly £2500 in total.
“I don’t find that pressure to perhaps go to every wedding I’m invited to, but I think when I do go I try to put my best foot forward for the happy couple.”
From buying an outfit to finding the perfect present, what sorts of costs are wedding guests shouldering to attend their loved one’s big day?
In the UK, a survey found that on average guests would spend £400 ($532) in 2017, while in the US another report put the figure at £497 ($628) or more if you are part of the wedding party. The figures vary slightly depending on which survey you look at, but one thing they all have in common is that it’s far from cheap!