Engaged? You should expect a bumper guest list, as new research has revealed Scottish wedding guests are more than happy to go the extra mile for loved ones’ nuptials, both in distance and financially.
I would walk 500 miles…
A survey of 2,000 UK adults carried out by One4all, the Post Office gift card, revealed Scottish guests would be willing to travel an astonishing 1,435 miles – more than the distance from Glasgow to Barcelona or Edinburgh to Milan – to be at a loved one’s wedding.
The data also revealed Scottish newlyweds-to-be debating saying ˜I do’ overseas shouldn’t be put off by what guests will think, as just 11% consider weddings being held abroad selfish and more than a third (34%) even welcomed the idea of travelling to a wedding abroad – sunny climates, here we come!
Splashing the cash
Us Scots are willing to spend £855.60 on average when attending a loved one’s wedding. This includes travel, accommodation, gifts for the newlyweds, an outfit, beauty treatments and drinks at the reception “ almost half of the average monthly take home pay in the UK* and more than what’s spent by residents of England (£814.67), Ireland (£738.48) and Wales (£717.82).
When quizzed on the costs, 29% of Scottish residents said they do not mind splashing the cash as it’s a special occasion.
Edinburgh locals are willing to travel the furthest to attend a loved one’s wedding, clocking up 1,575 miles compared with 1,308 miles for the residents of Glasgow.
The research also revealed wedding guests in Edinburgh are willing to splash out the most (£899.82), followed by those in Glasgow, (£866.37).