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Brits spend £1.8 billion each year attending overseas weddings. Are you? [poll]

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on March 31st, 2011 0 comments yet. Be the First

Planning your wedding overseas may just be as romantic as it comes, but have you thought about your wedding guests and the expenses they occur when they fly abroad to see you exchange vows?

New research by Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance has found that nearly 8 million Brits have travelled abroad to attend a wedding in the last five years, spending an average of £1,139 each on travel, accommodation, gifts and wedding outfits. This adds up to a staggering £1.8billion each year!

As the trend for weddings abroad appears to continue with nearly 500,000 Brits saying they have made plans to have their own wedding overseas in the near future and over 1.5 million people saying they’ve made plans to attend one as a guest.

Not surprisingly, Londoners are the most likely to go abroad for a wedding. Living in the capital means you do end up meeting people from all over the world, and if you’re lucky you get to celebrate their wedding day with them.

Oddly enough the same survey has found that despite the, to some, high costs of attend an overseas wedding, almost a third of those travelling do not take our travel insurance – sometimes even the bride and groom! Sure it does add a little more money to the total, but what if you suddenly fall ill or something stops you from travelling. What then? All the money you’ve spent on hotels and tickets will be lost. What would you do?

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