Here comes the bill! Brits spend 7,500 on weddings…and that"s just as a GUEST

Here comes the bill! Brits spend 7,500 on weddings…and that's just as a GUEST

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11:14 GMT, 22 March 2012

Marriage can be a costly experience for the bride and groom but it seems even wedding guests don't escape unscathed.

The average Brit spends 510 each time a family member or friend ties the knot.

And the costs can amount to more than 7,500 – as it is estimated most will attend 15 weddings in their lifetime.

Expensive affair: A survey found the average Brit spends 510 each time a family member or friend ties the knot

Expensive affair: A survey found the average Brit spends 510 each time a family member or friend ties the knot

A survey found that typical costs for wedding guests include 80 on clothing, 75 on a wedding gift and an average of 65 on accommodation for the night.

But hen and stag celebrations were the biggest outlay, with many spending 150 on lavish pre-wedding activities.

Michelle Dowdall, a spokesperson for Debenhams which commissioned the survey of 1,000 adults, said: 'There is no
doubt that all over the UK, we love nothing more than seeing our nearest
and dearest tie the knot, but the cost to do this can mount up without
us realising.'

THE COST OF BEING A WEDDING GUEST IN 2012

ITEM COST

Stag and Hen do 150

Outfit 80

Drinks 80

Wedding present 75

Accommodation 65

Travel 60

TOTAL 510

SOURCE: DEBENHAMS

Dublin came out on top of the style
stakes, with locals spending an average of 260 on their outfits, more than three times the average.

While Glaswegians and Londoners topped the list of how much guests spend on toasting the happy couple, admitting to splashing nearly 150 on liquid refreshments.

However he latest finding are lower than previous estimates.

A similar survey conducted by Premier Inn in 2010 found guests going to weddings would spend at least 547.

As a result CreditExpert.co.uk reported 1.6 million people go into debt in order to attend a wedding.

Credit Expert spokesperson Jim Hodgkins said: 'The cost of getting married and attending other people's weddings is often underestimated, but it's a significant outlay.'

Last week Debenhams reported the highest number of wedding registrations so far this
year and more than 65 per cent of those surveyed said they had at least one wedding to attend in 2012.