Weddings are meant to be times of joy and celebration but they seem to have been hijacked by financial fornication. There is nothing affordable about them anymore, not for the couple, not for their families and not even for the guests.
We’ve all heard the stories of lavish weddings with stellar price tags. But what about the guests? How much is too much to spend to attend SOMEONE ELSE’S big day?
It costs an average of $1192.40 for a guest to attend a wedding these days, according to a study by PolicyExpert.co.uk. That’s just for one wedding.
As we all know, weddings seem to happen in clusters so feel free to multiply that figure by however many friends you know who are currently in serious relationships. Then add acquaintances who, for some reason you cannot fathom, invite you to their wedding. Then add obligation invites. You know, your parents were best friends 30 years ago and their daughter is getting married and you were invited to her 21st for some reason and now she’s getting married. Congratulations Emily. I mean Emma.
It’s not just those unfortunate enough to be asked to be on the bridal party who are suffering financial loss, it’s everyone who receives an invite and has to fork out for all the gifts, the cost of the Buck’s Night and Hen’s Night, outfits to wear to all of the the different events – because one celebration is never enough – and then any travel associated with their attendance.
Destination weddings? Death to all of them.
We asked the Mamamia team what their biggest wedding regret is. While “I spent too much money on it” didn’t feature as many times as I expected, it’s still pretty telling. Post continues after this video…
As a woman of Italian origin I can only shake my head at how weddings are organised these days. In Italian families the bridesmaids don’t have to pay for their own dresses and expenses and guests don’t have to pay for anything other than gifts. Still, this can be costly as three gifts – engagement, kitchen tea and wedding – are required but it’s much less than the thousands upon thousands of dollars some bridal parties are expected to part with. Not to mention the lucky guests invited to destinations (plane tickets, accommodation, time off work anyone?).