Wedding season is one big battle of the sexes. Wedding decisions are being made and send-away parties are being attended. We’ve already brought you the controversial study that says groomsmen spend more on weddings than bridesmaids do, and I won’t even touch on the female necessities that aforementioned study left out (hair, nails, whatever else girls do that guys don’t). But now there’s even more information coming out regarding the pre-wedding antics of bachelor and bachelorette party expenses.
Per Bloomberg and Priceline, “32 percent of 1,020 people polled had spent $850 or more on hotel and airfare to attend a bachelor or bachelorette party.” And honestly, that feels low just based on what I know about bachelor parties. In addition to those numbers, the study also says that men spend an average of $681.13 on other bachelor party expenses whereas women spend a modest $437.31. I’d say that the additional $250 that men spend is because we’re paying for our own drinks, but that’s neither here nor there (and besides, it’s probably on strippers and blackjack).
While the study goes on to say that men view it more as a “go-big-or-go-home mentality” as opposed to a nice send-off, they also clarify that there’s a large amount of drama surrounding both affairs which causes 45% of people to skip the events altogether. All of this “drama” is chalked up to the costs, which are broken down as follows: 28% Food/Drink, 19% Entertainment, 18% Airfare, 16% Hotels. No word on what “entertainment” actually means, but I’m going to call a spade a spade here and say that it’s not Cirque du Soleil.
Whatever the costs are, though, don’t tell your girlfriend that you’re probably spending more than she is or else she might make you pay for those manicures and hair appointments that these studies aren’t accounting for. .
Thirsty for more info on bachelor parties? Listen to Episode 11 of our podcast on iTunes, Touching Base, where we discuss how to throw a money bachelor party. Or listen below if you’re more of a Soundcloud person.