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Wedding costs 'overlooked'

Britons spend £340 every time they attend a wedding as a guest, a survey shows.Research from home insurance provider Churchill reveals that the cost of being a good wedding guest is cumulatively reaching an enormous £13.8 billion every year.Unsurprisingly choosing a decent gift is important, but this takes up only £60.31 of the average wedding expense.More substantial are the transport costs: getting to and from the church on time takes up £82.40.But the biggest impact on the credit card of all is the hen or stag night, which costs an average of over £90. Whether it be a nice meal, a big night out or even a weekend break, this pushes costs up further and further.Additional expenditure on peripheral matters like babysitters, reception drinks and wedding clothes also take their toll."Weddings are a costly business for all concerned - including guests - and this can often be overlooked," author Abi Clark commented."The research shows that as a nation we like to make an effort at weddings. This is often reflected in the costs associated with the big day," she explained.

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