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Usually known as the best day of the bride and groom's life, a wedding day is a celebration packed full of food, drink and of course, love...
However, as much as attendees arrive to celebrate the happy couple, whether it be a close friend or family member, there are undeniably a few things that get under their skin leading up to the event. We surveyed sixty people to discover their attitudes towards attending weddings to find out what their biggest gripes and bugbears are.
Waiting for food
24% people surveyed revealed they find that waiting on food is the most taxing part of attending someone else's wedding day. Often at weddings, guests can arrive mid-morning, sit through the ceremony, head over to the venue and wait around a while whilst traditions are adhered to and small talk is made. If guests are lucky, canapes will be passed around to settle the hunger but, according to our survey, this unfortunately, is an all too rare occurrence.
14% of wedding guests surveyed said that an inconvenient date is their biggest gripe about weddings. Most weddings take place during the busy summer months a time when a lot of us already have important dates in our diary. If the wedding of a close friend or even a family member comes to light, a guest might feel obliged to rearrange plans. Location Of course, there's no pleasing everyone, but if guests are attending a wedding located in a different city or even country from their home, they have to factor in travel as well as everything else. Whether that's unreliable public transport, a long drive and often a hotel or b n b stay thrown in for good measure.
The day is too expensive
Our survey discovered that the biggest gripe for wedding guests was in fact the day being too expensive. It's no secret that weddings come with a hefty price tag for the bride and groom, but what about those in attendance? From getting suited and booted to travelling to the venue and in some cases, paying accommodation, wedding days are a pretty extravagant expense for all involved. Of course, you can't show up to the event empty handed, so will splash the cash on gifts or vouchers as well. Celebrations on the day itself can also rack up a bill, as rarely can a couple afford to provide a free bar that will tick over throughout the day and into the night and in most wedding venues, a drink doesn't come up cheap. Lastly, if you're close to the newly-weds, you'll also be paying out for hen do's and stag do's and according to our survey, it seems a lot of guests do so a little begrudgingly.
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