30 September 2015

A Wedding Lunch At Duck & Waffle With Experian

With Summer actually over, one might think that means the end of the enormous amount of summer weddings when in fact, you should also take into account that Winter weddings are also becoming increasingly popular. This summer alone, my boyfriend and I were invited to three weddings...all in one week! In fact, they were three days in a row -Thursday, Friday and Saturday! Not only did I burst into flames thinking about the three separate outfits I'd have to plan and purchase (if necessary) but we also had to take into consideration how much this was going to cost up simply to attend as guests! Travel, accommodation, time off of work and general welfare expenses like food etc.
Above - A few photos from the weddings (and wedding prepping) me & the BF attended this summer alone!
Coincidentally, right after our Summer wedding fiasco I was invited by the lovely team over at Experian (you know, the major credit checkers) to a leisurely blogger lunch with an array of wonderful Lifestyle & newlywed (and soon-to-be-wed) bloggers at Duck & Waffle to enjoy the amazing courses of experiential food whilst chatting weddings. I had so much fun and enjoyed my lunch so much but I couldn't help being 'bamboozled' by the cost of weddings not only for the bride/groom and they're respective families but also the cost effect it has on invited and RSVP'ing guests.
Here are a few (financially crippling & shocking) facts I discovered thanks to Experian:
  • 1 in 6 people (17%) who are in a relationship miss the nuptials of loved ones because they cannot afford to attend. This equates to more than one guest at each table, which is double the number of single people (8%), who have declined invitations.
  • More than 1 in 10 people in relationships (11%) have spent over £800 each on attending weddings, compared to just 6% of single people.
  • 4% (almost a million Brits) report having spent more than £2,000 participating in other people’s weddings over the last year.
  • 1 in 20 (5%) guests have had to borrow money in order to attend a wedding. Of those, a huge 78% of people have formally borrowed funds, including:
  • 44% have had to use their credit card, increasing to a surprising 62% amongst 45-54 year olds
  • 17% took out a formal loan, rising to 41% for those aged 25-34 years old
  • 17% extended their overdraft
  • 12% have tapped into their savings

Experian are so helpful, they even created a dedicated Money & Relationships Guide to demystify credit referencing and help people understand – in jargon-free, easy-to-understand language - how to get their heads around how credit referencing works, and the good, the bad and the surprising when it comes to managing your finances to get what you want in life.

Have you had a summer full of wedding chaos or dwindling bank balances? 
 The Duck & Waffle (minus the egg - I don't eat egg!)
Co-Ord Outfit - ASOS | Shoe - ASOS | Handbag - Warehouse 

1 comment

  1. My husband and I had our wedding reception at this place. It was absolutely perfect! The manager and his staff from wedding venue in Los Angeles were excellent and wonderful to work with. You won't be able to find more for your money.


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