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The average cost of attending a wedding is £432, according to research by American Express, and with UK adults planning to attend on average four marriages in 2017 this totals £1,728.

Wedding guest blues

You might assume it’s the bride, groom and their families who foot the bill, but being a wedding guest isn’t cheap either.

The average cost of attending a wedding is £432, according to research by American Express, and with UK adults planning to attend on average four marriages in 2017 this totals £1,728.

It’s even worse if you’re a bridesmaid or groomsman, with costs going up to £650 and £900 respectively.

So how can you cut back on these costs?

Wedding gift

A gift for the newlyweds is the most expensive part of going to a wedding, with an average cost of £85.

You don’t want to turn up at a wedding empty handed, but neither do you want to empty your bank account.

The most important thing is to set (and keep to) a budget. This way you’re sure not to overspend.

You should also shop around to make sure you get the best price, or try making the gift yourself. This will not only be a lot cheaper, but will also be more personal.

Hotel accommodation

The second biggest expense is staying overnight, costing an average of £74.

Shopping around to find the cheapest room is an option, but if the wedding is out of town, there might not be many accommodation options. However, there are other alternatives.

Why not look for an Airbnb or renting a house and splitting the cost with other wedding guests.

Outfit

A wedding can seem like a great excuse to buy yourself a new outfit, but with an average cost of £71, you probably don’t want to be doing this for every wedding you go to.

Keeping the same outfit, but dressing it up with different accessories is one option, or why not see if you can pick up some new glad rags at a discount online or in a charity shop.

Share travel costs

Just getting to the wedding can set you back quite a bit, with average travel costs hitting £64.

Assuming you know about the wedding enough in advance, you can get a better deal on train tickets by buying them ahead of time.

If you’re going by car, why not try and find some other wedding guests who need a lift and split the cost of the fuel.

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