9 Different Guests To Expect At Every Wedding This Year!




While weddings come in all shapes and sizes, the guests who attend them have a certain familiarity no matter where or how expensive the occasion.

In the UK this year, getting married will cost Britain around £5.6 billion in total.

And every wedding from John O’Groats to Lands End this year is likely to be attended by 9 archetypal wedding guests, according to leading online hotel bookers LateRooms.com.

LateRooms.com – who help more than 100,000 wedding guests in the UK find their post party hotels each year – has pinpointed these serial wedding invitees and their typical characteristics with help from 100 wedding planners from their hotels. 

With the average British wedding now costing £24,716, each wedding being attended by an average 92 guests and the reception venue alone costing £4,189 it is no wonder would-be brides and grooms are being more selective than ever over who they invite to their big day.

Fewer Brits may be getting married year on year - since 1981 the number of marriages conducted every year has fallen by a third – but there will still be circa 230,000 tying of knots in Britain in 2015. What’s more a huge number of those will happen this month with the upcoming bank holiday weekend having the largest number of weddings in May. According to the Office of National Statistics there are almost 27k weddings taking place this month, with an average of 92 guests resulting in 2.5M wedding guests all of whom have some distinguishing characteristics.

Here is the LateRooms.com guide to the Top 9 Archetypal Wedding Characters:


There he is, hiding in a corner in a borrowed, ill-fitting 1995-era suit he’s been forced to wear in lieu of his usual skinny jeans, Ramones t-shirt and scuffed Converse All-Stars. He’s not happy, at least until the bridesmaids show themselves, and they remind him that the occasion is perhaps not as bleak as it at first seemed. If only he could muster enough courage to speak to a real girl…

MOST LIKELY: To spend the whole day wishing he had a tattoo and dodging the drunken auntie



Everyone, including her, thought she’d be first. And yet, for the first time in their lives, her sibling has beaten her to something. She feels the tick-tock of time as her younger sister proves finding ‘Mister Right’ isn’t about how far up the career-ladder you’ve clambered. She’s genuinely delighted for her sister but, right now, would swap any of her qualifications to be the one standing at the altar not standing in the pews, pipped at the post.

MOST LIKELY: To win at all costs in anything competitive, even a family Monopoly game.



This wedding guest firmly believes they’re outsmarting wedding etiquette but, in reality, sticks out like a sore, and rather selfish, sore thumb. They’re always rushing to get their rounds in while the free bar’s still in full swing and almost certain to keep a bottle of gin in their hotel room to sneak a crafty top up when the bar till is operational. Will be the one waving their glass vigorously at waiters in the hope of two or three refills during the wedding toasts.

MOST LIKELY: To suggest after hours drinking – from your hotel room mini-bar.



They’re always the last on the dance floor and can usually be found at the end of the night, on their knees, begging the DJ not to stop the Party Anthems CD from looping one more time. Once the pumping party tunes are over they will undoubtedly invite everyone back to their hotel room to continue the celebrations, regardless of what ungodly hour they have to be up in the morning.

MOST LIKELY: To be taken of advantage of by The Cheapskate.



Almost certainly the groom’s best-mate, the bad-boy who’s considered by everyone who knows him to be too unreliable to be best-man. He’s never had a relationship last longer than three weeks but is never short of female attention. He’s brought some random girl as his wedding guest but barely says two words to her throughout the day – possibly because he’s too busy chasing the attention of every other female in the venue.

MOST LIKELY: To set his sights on the chief bridesmaid but wake up the morning after alone with a red hand-mark on his cheek.



Often called ‘Nora’ or ‘Agnes’, our drunken auntie sees every wedding as her chance to make family headlines. She’ll wear an unwieldy oversized dress that demolishes entire tables of expensive wine as she whisks past, desperately trying to start a conga. She’ll be the first to leave, though not of her own accord – carried out by two groomsmen as she wheels between conscious and passed-out but insists she’s good for at least one more large glass of red.

MOST LIKELY: To appear on a ‘You’ve Been Framed’ Wedding Fails Compilation.



Uncle Bob knows his Straight Outta Compton from his Physical Graffiti. He loves classic 70s rock but pretends he totally understands the intricacies of Dubstep and Grime. He even has a Chase & Status t-shirt ironed for the morning after breakfast. He’ll happily regale you with tales of how he was the first teenager in the quintessential English village of Upper Plebsworth to own a pair of authentic Adidas Sambas back in the day. He’s still got them, and wears them every Friday night when he hosts the Rappers Delight Beer Club at the community centre.

MOST LIKELY: To insist that the DJ plugs his iPod into the PA system so that he can educate him on why the East Anglian Hip Hop scene is a thing.



Why do people always travel from Australia for every British wedding? Just when you thought you were making a massive concession driving all the way from Essex to your cousin’s big day in Newcastle, this outbacker steals your ‘furthest travelled, biggest effort’ trophy seconds from you claiming all the wedding glory. Bride & groom have never met the globetrotting relative – they’re a distant cousin of the mother-in-law. And no-one ever sees them or hears from them again.

MOST LIKELY: To be wearing a perma-smug smile and asking for extra helpings of wedding cake.



Why? You’ve never even been to Scotland, never mind have relatives there. Why does someone always turn up in a kilt? It’s almost like the Scots have a permanent wedding party radar and dispatch a citizen to each and every occasion to keep an eye on the celebrations. The kilt-wearing wedding guest can always be found next to a line of animated bridesmaids… you know… just in the event they ask THAT question.

MOST LIKELY: To be asked “Is it true what they say…?”


LateRooms.com has recently launched Weddingguestrooms.com – a new wedding hotel service that promises to take the pain out of booking rooms for Wedding Day guests.

The site creates a bespoke page of nearby wedding day accommodation options for would-be bride and grooms who can then share it with their guests.

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