The True Cost of Being a Wedding Guest [Infographic]


Wedding celebrations can make for truly joyous nights as we share in the happiness of a friend or family member who’s tying the knot, but such festivities rarely come cheap. Indeed, if you have a wedding coming up, it’s a good idea to set aside at least €200-€250 for all the costs associated with the day.

There’s a gift to be purchased for the bride and groom. You’ll need an elegant outfit worthy of the occasion. You’ll almost certainly buy a few drinks on the night. Then there’s the expense of travelling to and from the wedding and, in some cases, the need to book into a hotel or alternative accommodation overnight. Add all those up and it’s easy to see why €200 is the bare minimum you’ll most likely spend.

If you’re quite close to the person getting married, you’ll probably attend their stag or hen party as well, in which case you can tack on another €200-€250 to the overall wedding costs. The division of the costs tends to vary between stags and hens, but the expected totals are broadly similar. If you’ve been chosen as a bridesmaid or groomsman, you might be able to suggest activities that are inexpensive yet very enjoyable.

To give you a clearer picture of what you can expect to spend the next time you go to a wedding, Gear Jewellers  have created this neat infographic which outlines the individual costs for attending a wedding, based on a survey from Nationwide Current Accounts. Let’s see where your money is likely to go and how you can legitimately shave a few quid off the cost.