Canadians are cheap wedding guests: Poll

Weddings aren't just expensive for the bride and groom -- guests are starting to feel the pinch,...

Weddings aren't just expensive for the bride and groom -- guests are starting to feel the pinch, too. (Fotolia)

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Weddings aren't just expensive for the bride and groom -- guests are starting to feel the pinch, too.

A new survey for RetailMeNot.ca found 54% of respondents thought a wedding was a financial burden for guests, and 18% have declined an invite because they cannot afford to go.

"The costs during wedding season can certainly strain budgets, especially if you're attending multiple events," Christy Rabil, director of public relations for RetailMeNot, Inc., said in a release.

When it comes to gifts, 10% said they spend more than $200 per person on a wedding gift, while 49% said they fork over $100 or less per person, and 17% admit they will spend $50 or less.

Additionally, 10% said they've re-gifted something to the new bride and groom.

Planning a lavish affair won't get you bigger gifts, with 66% of those polled saying the grandeur of the event won't affect what they give, while 20% said if you don't have an open bar, they will spend less on your gift.

Rabil suggested to help keep costs down, guests need to plan ahead of time. Start shopping for gifts early and watch for sales and order gifts online with standard shipping rather than going for a last-minute gift. Also, try finding online coupons.

"While there are plenty of deals to be had, our research shows that nearly half of Canadians pay full price for wedding gifts," she said.

All is not lost, though, grooms and brides to be. People do want to celebrate your big day -- 59% said they enjoy going to a wedding.

But for those still planning, make note: 46% of men and 34% of women said don't plan one for a long weekend in the summer.

The online poll was conducted May 23-25 and involved 1,506 Angus Reid Forum panelists. The margin of error is 2.5 percentage points.


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