Brides have tons of worries weighing on their minds as the big day approaches—from making sure the bridal party arrives on time to chasing down all those still-missing RSVPs, it's safe to say the road to "I do" is, at the very least, a bit stressful. But as wedding season reaches full swing, your nuptials can also be weighing just as heavily on your guests. Yes, oftentimes wedding guests only have to get dressed, show up, and eat a slice of cake—what could be stressful about that? Well, according to a new survey conducted by the financial folks over at the cash-back shopping site Rakuten, A LOT. Here are some of the specific worries guests face.
Obviously most wedding guests can eliminate white from their wardrobe choices when finding a wedding-worthy outfit for a friend's nuptials. (Unless of course, they're attending an all-white wedding, à la Christian Siriano's nuptials!) But finding something to wear still stresses out 44 percent of female wedding guests. Furthermore, 28 percent are worried about losing weight before a wedding, and another 28 percent are nervous about spending too much money—something that's already difficult when 24 percent are concerned about buying the perfect gift.
Another worry for female wedding guests? Running into other guests whom they dislike. Understandable—of course you don't want to run into your ex come the big day.
Women aren't exclusively susceptible to attendee anxiety, though. While the ladies are more concerned about slaying the outfit game, it sounds like the dudes are stressing about running into that bridesmaid they once slept with. According to the survey, 31 percent of men attending weddings are concerned about seeing people they don't like, while only 27 percent are concerned about finding the perfect outfit. (Hint: It's a suit. Duh.) Their wallets also serve as a stressful factor, with 29 percent of men worrying about spending too much money.
But surprisingly, while men worry more over breaking the bank, women actually end up spending less on wedding gifts than men. According to Ebates, women typically spend $25 to $100, while men shell out $50 to $250.