Steven Stone Jewellers reveals its latest research

Wedding guests More than 350,000 weddings will take place in the UK this year with around £14.7 billion spent on these events globally. With so much money being invested in weddings, guests attending will no doubt have some expectations!

New research from Steven Stone Jewellers reveals that Bristol is in the top three cities whose residents get invited to the most weddings. The engagement ring specialists surveyed 2,000 Brits to find out exactly how much they’re spending on each element of a wedding, how they feel about forking out and what they expect in return. It materialised that the average cost of being a wedding guest in 2022 is up to a whopping £1,203, with the bill racked up by expenditure on an outfit, accommodation, transport, childcare, gifts and more! Of those surveyed in Bristol, 30.21 per cent will attend at least one wedding in 2022-23 and their list of expectations is topped by receiving a formal invitation and being served evening food. It may comfort you to know though that a mere six per cent said they expected a free bar, so you can save your pennies there! Finally, you may be surprised to hear that men spend more on their wedding guest outfit than women – £190 versus £121.

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