One in four resent going abroad for a wedding

It’s that sinking feeling when the gilt-edged card drops through the letter box and you realise that relative’s wedding is actually taking place on a tropical beach or Mediterranean village.

Almost one in four admit to feelings of resentment at having to take annual leave to travel aboard for a wedding, it has emerged.

However, only one in 10 thought it was inconsiderate of friends and family to have a wedding abroad.

Research from hotels.com found that over a third (38%) are happy to pack a suitcase to attend a wedding ceremony in another country and over half (54%) have done so in the past.

However, 35% said they would only travel abroad for the nuptials of a close friend or family member.

The study found 38% of people have travelled abroad for a friend’s wedding, 11% for a partner’s relation, and 19% for a cousin.

Half of the people surveyed have used annual leave to attend a wedding ceremony in another country, with one in five taking between three and four days of their annual holiday.

Most (95%) said they would stay longer in the place where the wedding was held to make it more of a holiday.

Unsurprisingly, cost (92%) was the biggest worry when it comes to travelling for a wedding, followed by taking time off work (38%), and not liking the destination (16%).

Three out of four of respondents said they would travel anywhere in the world for a wedding, with Australia, Italy, and France the top three favourite wedding destinations.

A quarter said they would limit travel to a three- to four-hour flight.

Earlier this year, a survey from weddingsonline.ie found 10% of those surveyed got married abroad.

Six out of 10 opted for the more traditional hotel wedding while one in five chose a country house. Fewer than one in 10 (8%) chose a castle.

Some of the regrets expressed by the brides and grooms included letting budgets spiral and having too many bridesmaids or groomsmen.


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