A recent Nationwide survey* asked adults who attended a wedding how much it cost them, including the stag or hen party, buying gifts and clothes, and attending the ceremony. The figure came in at a whopping £400 each.
It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of an upcoming wedding but with many guests attending multiple ceremonies a year, saying yes could cost them much more. The significant cost is given as the reason why a quarter of people have declined a wedding invitation, while around one in six (16%) have become overdrawn or borrowed money to be able to attend.
We've taken a look at the costs involved, before the big day, for the ceremony itself and what you can do to prepare in advance.