Pre-wedding parties seem to have gotten more extravagant since the pandemic – but over half say bachelor or bachelorette parties are bad for their bank accounts
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The average bachelorette party now costs each guest an average of £242 – 61 per cent more than a decade ago.
A survey of 1,200 adults who have attended or are about to have a bachelor or bachelorette party found that the average cost of attending one in 2012 was £150.
Today that number stands at £242 – with 42 per cent regretting parting with that much cash.
Just under half (47 percent) believe pre-wedding parties have become more extravagant in recent years.
Of these, 48 percent believe this is due to people making up for lost time during the pandemic, while 46 percent believe it is due to more savings.
And 44 percent believe travelers want to compare themselves to online influencers.
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It also emerged that before the pandemic, UK cities were the most likely candidates for a bachelorette party – with London, Liverpool and Manchester being the most visited.
But the British capital falls to 12th on the list of places people will visit next – with exotic places like Amsterdam, Marbella and even Miami being more likely destinations.
The survey was commissioned by Hotels.com, which coined the ‘stag doe’ – a mixed-gender (for stag and stag) celebration that kills two birds with one stone when it comes to celebrating before the big day.
Hotels.com spokeswoman Emma Tagg said: “It’s clear that hen and stag parties are on the rise and we even saw a 12 per cent increase in searches for group travel compared to 2019, with people clearly ready are to celebrate in style.
“Before the pandemic, one in four (24 percent) said they did not take a day off to attend a bachelor or bachelorette party.
“However, when asked how many days it would take people to complete their next task, the most popular answer was a whopping three days (21 percent).
“It’s clear Brits are getting taller than ever, taking more vacation days and spending more this year.”
Hotels.com booking data also revealed that the most-requested amenity for groups this year was a pool, as opposed to free breakfast in previous years.
The survey also found that of those who have regrets attending a bachelor or bachelorette party, four in 10 blame it on spending too much money.
Just under a third (32 percent) admitted they behaved “regrettably,” while an equal number claimed the entire trip was just a nightmare.
And 38 percent felt the event dragged on too long, meaning they had to take more time off work than they would have liked.
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Almost one in 10 people planning a premarital trip expects to take a full working week of annual leave to accommodate everything.
As a result, nearly two-thirds (64 percent) wish they didn’t have to take as much time to attend others’ celebrations.
And six in 10 say stag parties are just bad for their bank accounts, according to OnePoll data.
Still, 42 percent admitted that for their own bachelor or bachelorette party, they would like their friends to take them on an extravagant trip.
It also found that 31 percent attended a mixed-gender bachelor or bachelorette party in which both men and women were present.
The same amount was – or invited – to a money-saving event that combined bachelor and bachelorette parties into one.
Emma Tagg added: “The growing trend of combining bachelor and bachelorette parties into one is really interesting as it can save both money and valuable annual leave. Everyone hails the rise of the stag doe.
“An easy way to save money is to book through Hotels.com – for every ten nights you get one free night.”
Money-saving tips for managing bachelor or bachelorette parties:
- Be an early bird. Plan ahead – this way you can take advantage of any early booking discounts and have more time to save.
- Mate. When it comes to booking hotel rooms, speak to the main organizer to see if they can get you together instead of booking alone. This way, instead of paying the cost of an entire suite yourself, you can book a twin room and cut the price in half.
- Save on your themed outfit. The cost of dressing up like a giant hen can be surprisingly high – so try checking resale platforms for used costumes, or check your local charity shops for budget-friendly options.
- Divide and conquer. Rather than buying new outfits, toiletries, and extra luggage for a weekend getaway, work with other attendees to decide who’s bringing what and reduce overpacking. Discuss outfit swaps that you can coordinate over time to save space and money.
- WFH – “work from the hotel”. Whether it’s a short vacation or a sunny vacation by the sea, make the most of remote work wherever possible. Arrive early in the morning or overnight and work from the hotel so you don’t have to travel long days off work. Your annual leave is as valuable as your money.
- Flexible with your flight options. If you live the big life and are traveling abroad for a bachelor or bachelorette party, being open-minded about your departure airport and flight times can help expand the options available to you and provide you with cheap flight options that can yield significant savings To hum.
- Invite yourself to low-cost activities. There are endless possible activities for a bachelorette/bachelorette party and the costs can skyrocket. To keep the budget in check, opt for inexpensive entertainment like Mr & Mrs games, free tourist attractions or walking tours.
- Share the ride. Did someone say road trip? Whether you’re a driver or a passenger, if you’re heading to a location that’s less accessible by public transport or off the beaten path, share a car trip with a group of friends and split the gas and parking bills, um to cut costs down.
- Short and sweet. With the increasingly common week-long bachelorette and bachelorette parties, the days off and expenses can add up quickly. Instead of doing the full-length trip, see if you can do a long weekend instead and minimize annual leave and required expenses.
- Allow yourself to be rewarded. Take advantage of rewards programs when booking bachelor or bachelorette parties. Hotels.com earns you a stamp for every night you stay – collect 10 stamps and you will receive a reward night equal to the average of the last 10 stamps. An easy way to make savings, especially when booking in bulk.
The 20 best locations for a bachelor or bachelorette party without money:
- Las Vegas
- new York
- Bora Bora
https://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/sex-relationships/relationships/stag-hen-party-celebration-costs-26857946 The average bachelorette party now costs each guest nearly £250 - a 60% increase in 10 years