My best friend's (expensive) wedding

May 22, 2012, 4:03 PM GMT+0

1 in 5 UK adults would skip friend or family's wedding to save money; 25% would not visit relatives

Wedding season may be upon us, but our new survey by social sharing site Have You Seen has revealed a staggering one in five UK adults would ditch the wedding of a friend or family member to save a bit of extra money, while a quarter would put off visiting relatives, and over one in ten would even sell a family heirloom as a way of earning a bit of extra cash.

  • 21% of UK adults said that they would not go to a friend or family member's wedding in an attempt to save money
  • 25% would refrain from visiting relatives because the cost of travelling is so high
  • 13% would consider selling a family heirloom to raise funds

It seems that when it comes to a loved one's big day, in particular, women are the worst culprits when it comes to bailing out, with 23% saying they'd pass on the confetti and cake for financial reasons, compared to 18% of men.

Tightening belts?

Dan Pearce, director of Have You Seen, comments: "It’s not surprising that people are starting to tighten their belts now that the country is back in recession – but skipping the weddings of friends and family is quite a drastic way to save money, especially when there are easier ways to make a bit of extra cash.

"Using platforms like Have You Seen allows you to shop online while still earning money, so you can even earn money by recommending items on gift lists to fellow wedding guests! Shoppers also have the option of sharing commission with friends and family, which benefits everyone."

See the survey details and full results here

Have You Seen allows anyone with an online presence - be it email, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ - to share a product or service they like and would recommend to their network of friends and followers. If their recommendation leads to a purchase, commission is earned and can be shared between both parties.

Watch the ‘how it works video’ at