Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Don't Say 'I Do' to a Large Bill; A Big Wedding Day Can Lead to Big Bills, Not Just for the Happy Couple, but for Guests as Well. VICKY SHAW Suggests Ways to Save

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Don't Say 'I Do' to a Large Bill; A Big Wedding Day Can Lead to Big Bills, Not Just for the Happy Couple, but for Guests as Well. VICKY SHAW Suggests Ways to Save

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ANY of us will attend a wedding this summer - but the cost of the big day can soon add up.

MGuests can expect to pay nearly PS500, while bridesmaids and ushers can find themselves spending more than PS1,000, according to research amongst 2,000 people.

For many guests, the outgoings can start way before the big day itself, with the typical cost of attending a stag or a hen do coming to PS58, according to a survey from American Express.

Choosing the perfect gift for the happy couple costs PS102 on average. A new outfit will come to PS75, while topping it off with hair and beauty treatments costs another PS28.

Guests typically spend PS94 travelling to a wedding and PS74 on a hotel, while a further PS48 is spent on average toasting the bride and groom. This brings the total cost for a wedding guest to PS479 on average, according to the findings.

If you're lucky enough to be asked to be a bridesmaid, you can expect to spend PS1,267, while an usher can expect to pay PS1,127.

In a bid to fund the cost of attending a wedding, 44% of guests plan to dip into their monthly salary, 26% will use their savings, while a further 22% expect to put their wedding costs on a credit card.

So if you're planning to attend a wedding this summer, how can you keep the costs down and enjoy the big day without worrying about how it will affect your bank balance? Here are some tips from American Express plus some bargain wedding buys to save you pounds on your outfit and gifts: PERSONAL TOUCH If your gift budget is limited, consider giving a present that has a personal touch. Video compilations or framed photo montages can be very meaningful. If you're creative, offer to make or design the wedding stationery for the happy couple as your gift to them.

PLAN AHEAD When gift lists are sent to guests, ensure you're one of the earlier purchasers. …

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