‘Save’ the date - Wedding guests spend an average of £400 on each wedding they attend

12th July 2023

  • Railcard reveals the eye-watering costs of attending weddings this season, with Brits spending more than £80 on clothes and nearly £70 each on travel  
  • The 48% of Brits who have been to seven or more weddings in their lifetime are likely to have spent upwards of £2,800 
  • Whether travelling solo this wedding season, as Two Together or with Family & Friends, take advantage of 1/3 off rail fares to ease wedding travel costs with a Railcard from National Rail 


12th July 2023, London: Brace yourselves, lovebirds! Now that wedding season is upon us, a recent survey by Railcard.co.uk* has revealed that wedding guests spend on average a whopping £402.90 on each wedding they attend. With 31% of Brits having attended between one and three weddings in the past two years, these sometimes-overlooked expenses can quickly rack up. 

In fact, 59% of those surveyed admit that they would decline a wedding invitation if the costs of attending were too high, showing that cost-savings to any wedding expense can really make the difference for those who RSVP ‘Yes’ or a regretful ‘No’.  

On average, wedding attendees spend the following on each wedding they attend: 

  • £84.40 on accommodation 
  • £83.30 on clothes 
  • £79.60 on gifts 
  • £68 on travel 
  • £50 on drinks 
  • £37.60 on food and snacks 

Regardless of their relationship to the couple getting married, Brits are willing to travel the distance to be there on the special day, with 1 in 5 stating that they would travel up to two hours for the wedding of a person they have never even met. In fact, on average, Brits have travelled up to just under five hours** for their longest trip to make it to the big day, and say they would travel just over nine hours*** for the wedding of a family member. These long journeys put travel costs at £68 per person on average per wedding they attend, according to the research commissioned by Railcard.co.uk. 

However, whether travelling solo this wedding season, as Two Together or with Family & Friends, at an annual cost of £30 (Disabled Persons Railcard is £20), a Railcard can be purchased online to save an average of £140 per year and will have paid for itself in just one or two trips. 

With 63% of Brits travelling to weddings with a partner, the Two Together Railcard can see more savings for those choosing to take the train, and for the 47% who are travelling with children, the Family & Friends Railcard is a great option, saving travellers ⅓ on their rail fares, and up to 60% off for kids aged 5-15. Say hello to discounted tickets that will leave you with more money in your pocket. Imagine what you could do with those extra pounds – upgrade your accommodation, indulge in a few extra cocktails at the reception, or treat the couple to a special gift. The choice is yours! 


For more great offers and to purchase your Railcard today, visit www.Railcard.co.uk 




Notes to Editors 

*Research conducted by Opinium of 2,000 UK Adults between 20th-23rd June 2023 (Please get in contact with rdgrailcard@goodrelations.co.uk for further research breakdowns) 

**four hours and fifty-four minutes 

***nine hours and six minutes 

For more information or any queries, please contact rdgrailcard@goodrelations.co.uk  

About Railcards  

With a Railcard, rail users can save 1/3 off most rail fares across Britain, saving an average of £142 a year on rail fares. At just £30 a year, most Railcard customers make the cost back in just one or two journeys, whether visiting family, making new memories with friends or just exploring somewhere new. Visiting Railcard.co.uk gives all the options available, whether you’re 16-25, 26-30, or 60+, and whether you travel solo, as a couple, or as a family, there is pretty much a Railcard for everyone. For more information visit www.Railcard.co.uk 

About National Rail 

Rail Delivery Group manages National Rail products and services on behalf of the rail industry. National Rail provides customers with journey planning, real time, fares and rail-related information. National Rail also helps customers save 1/3 on most rail journeys (and 60% on kids’ fares) with Railcards. The range of Railcards consists of 16-25, 26-30, Family & Friends, Two Together, Senior, Disabled Persons, Veterans and Network Railcard. There is also a 16-17 Saver that saves customers 50% off their rail journeys, including season tickets. For more information visit www.Railcard.co.uk. For more information on journey planning, fares and booking travel assistance visit www.NationalRail.co.uk