New research has found that the members of the wedding party in Nottingham spend an astounding £2,508 and four weeks helping to plan their loved ones wedding.

  • The average Nottingham resident will be a member of a wedding party four times in their lifetime
  • Wedding party members in Nottingham spend £2,508 and four weeks planning and celebrating the nuptials of their loved ones

UK couples typically spend £17,674[i] on their big day, but it’s not just the happy couple who fork out for their nuptials as new research reveals the true cost of being a member of the wedding party in Nottingham.

A survey of 1,003 UK adults carried out by One4all Gift Cards has found that the average Nottingham local is a member of a wedding party four times, spending an average of £2,508 and four weeks (28 days) hours planning and celebrating their loved ones special day.

The study, which examines the time and money invested by those closest to the couple found that the average wedding takes up a week of their time (7 days) and costs £627. This is more than (60%) the average spend for a wedding guest (£391) [ii].

The most time-consuming tasks for bridesmaids, ushers and parents of the bride and groom in Nottingham were revealed as assisting with the planning of the big day itself (18 hours 57 minutes) hen and stag parties (18 hours 47 minutes) and engagement party celebrations (16 hours 38 minutes).

The research revealed that 67% of wedding party members were asked to cough up for outfits costing £91 and 67% had to pay for their travel and accommodation, spending an average of £85. This was followed by 41% of wedding party members who funded the traditional hen and stag party, costing an average of £62.

The study also revealed that nearly 1 in 10 residents in Nottingham (5%) declined being a member of a wedding party due to the cost involved.

Despite the huge investment the research found that 95% of Nottingham locals enjoyed being a member of the wedding party while more than 1 in 5 (21%) stating that being asked to be a member of the wedding party is a huge privilege.

Time and effort planning a wedding does not go unnoticed by the newlyweds as 84% of the bridal party surveyed received a thank you gift from the newlyweds.

When asked which present wedding party members from Nottingham would most like to receive, gift cards or vouchers came first (27%) followed by something handmade (19%) and jewellery (11%).

Aoife Davey, group marketing manager at One4all Gift Cards, commented: “We all know that weddings are a costly celebration but it’s incredible to see the huge amount of time and money those closest to the bride and groom are dedicating, to ensure they have the best day possible.

“It’s encouraging to see the investment of time and money of the bridal party doesn’t go unnoticed, with so many receiving thank you gifts from the happy couple.”

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