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Brits spend 1000s to jet to foreign weddings, Halifax reveals

08 June 2005
Research from Halifax Travel Insurance has revealed that more than 1.4 million British people are to jet off to attend a wedding overseas this year, spending a total of £1.8 billion.

Whilst attending a wedding in the UK can set guests back £300 in travel, accommodation, food, drink and presents, going abroad for the ceremony can cost an extra £1,000, Halifax found.

However, money is no object for most intrepid recipients of wedding invites, almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of whom would attend the ceremony, no matter where it was to take place.

"With weddings abroad becoming more common place you might expect that some guests would think twice about accepting an invitation, however it seems the vast majority of Brits would attend a wedding no matter where it was," commented Vicky Emmott, of Halifax Travel Insurance.

Whilst guests may need to spend more to attend a foreign wedding, getting hitched abroad can actually work out cheaper for the happy couple, the research discovered.

The average wedding in the UK now costs a major £16,000, while a Kuoni Benota Dream Beach wedding in Sri Lanka chimes in at just £540 per couple.

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