With pancake day passing recently, and the nights getting longer, it does mean that wedding season is not too far away. But according to a recent survey, attending a hen or a stag party prior to your big day could seriously leave you out of pocket.
A poll of 2,000 UK adults and found that the average pre-wedding bash abroad costs a total of £998.
Taking into account pre- and post-celebration additions, the data revealed that most attendees pay on average £136 for flights, £125 for accommodation, £78 for taxis and £64 for trains.
Refreshments, such as food and drink was found to cost each stag/hen attendee £220, whilst now its not uncommon for a stag/hen to be hit with a bill for £67 for fancy dress.
Around a third of party goers admitted that they had to make financial sacrifices elsewhere, including not socialising with friends, going on holiday or buying clothes.
However, while 80% said that the rising cost of hen or stag dos abroad was “staggering”, only 29 per cent refused the invitation to attend.
The survey also revealed what the perfect hen or stag do would involve after almost half said they had become “too similar.”
Participants elected paintballing, go-karting, fancy dress a trip to the casino as “musts” for a stag do, while hen celebrations were expected to include cocktail making, afternoon tea, karaoke and spa treatments.
These recent findings come after an earlier survey found that wedding guests were paying an average of £1,015 to attend someone else’s nuptials, and twice as much it was abroad.
The study, commissioned by Provident, for Hotels.com found that bridesmaids are spending £1,058 to attend the average wedding while best men and women fork out £1,211.
However, the price skyrockets if the happy couple choose to get married overseas, which research has found one in six do.
In this case, guests at abroad weddings are spending an extra £1,035 on flights, hotels, insurance and luggage totalling a shocking £2,050 on average.
If you’re on a budget for your big day, talk to the Elite Marquees team. Our expert experience will allow us to come up with a solution that is right for you. Meaning style wont be compromised due to budget.