As we head towards peak wedding season, stag and hen party invites will be popping through the letterboxes of many of our homes. For some though, this might be more of a financial punishment than a treat.
With overseas mini-breaks, extravagant activities and luxury accommodation on the itinerary of many brides and grooms-to-be, the cost of pre-nuptial celebrations can soon add up. According to research recently carried out by Ocean loans*, the average UK stag or hen party costs £197 – a pretty hefty sum that your bank balance will no doubt miss.
While the majority of stag or hen attendees (5.9 million of us) spent £200 to be part of their latest pre-marriage celebration, more than 200,000 splashed out and spent over £1,000 to enjoy the occasion.
But these hefty price tags are putting many of us off, and nine million Brits admitted they’ve even chosen to decline a stag or hen invite.
Our research showed that women (21%) were more likely to have turned down the offer to join a hen or stag party than men (15%). 25 to 34-year-olds were more likely to reject an invite than any other age group, although as this is a popular age at which to tie the knot, this age group might have received more invites than others.
Those who had declined a hen or stag invite because of the cost were left with varied emotions. Two in five (42%) said they felt awkward, one in five (21%) felt guilty and slightly less (17%) were left feeling embarrassed.
Other emotions experienced after having to miss out on a pre-wedding bash included: annoyed, regretful, jealous, angry, relieved and sad.
Meals and drinks were the biggest expense guests had to fork out for on stag and hen dos, followed by accommodation, activities and flights or ferries.
Additional costs contributing to the overall bill included: other travel expenses, gifts for the bride or groom and getting extra time off work.
*Red Dot questioned a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults aged 18 and over between 14th March 2016 – 17th March 2016, of whom 636 were Scottish residents. Figures have been extrapolated to fit ONS 2013 population projections of 50,371,000 UK adults.
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