Some of the priciest wedding gifts for couples can actually be the most expensive, a new study shows.
The research, which looked at the cost of honey from honey vendors around the country, found that wedding brides can be expected to pay a combined total of $9,500 more for honey than they would pay for the same honey elsewhere.
The study also found that brides pay twice as much for honey that comes from farms than from a single-origin source, such as from a vineyard.
“The average wedding guest, for example, would pay about $3,000 for a 10-ounce jar of honey, and they would also pay more for 10 ounces of it,” said Michael Stapleton, the study’s lead author.
The researchers also found a price discrepancy between honey from the same source and from farmers that is nearly $1,000.
“That’s an average wedding gift of about $7,000,” Stapley said.
“But the difference between what the honey is being sold for and what it is being sent for is about $2,500.”
A honey company declined to comment for this article.
But the researchers said the disparity may not be as significant as the authors thought.
“We did not test the validity of the difference,” Stavlin said.
The authors of the new study, published in the journal Social Science Research, looked at honey from two different honey suppliers.
The first was a large, multi-generational farm, which supplies a wide variety of honey products, including honey from a variety of varieties of flowers.
The second supplier was a single, small family farm that only sells to weddings.
The farmers are farmers in Minnesota, Vermont, Iowa, and Illinois.
They sell their honey to weddings for a combined annual average of $3.2 million.
The honey vendors sell their products to weddings through multiple sources, such a grocery store, restaurant, or grocery store convenience store.
“If you want to buy honey for your wedding, you might want to go to a farm or a grocery shop and see if there are some farmers or a lot of farmers selling their product to you,” Stappleton said.
If you do decide to go that route, Staplin said it’s important to make sure that you’re buying from the vendor who has the best reputation.
The report also found some big price differences for honey from farms and farmers.
“When you’re getting honey from farmers, the prices are going to be pretty similar,” Stapper said.
In fact, some farmers and vendors charge a premium for their honey.
In one case, the vendor charged an extra $600 to get a large sample of the honey to send to weddings, the report said.
That honey is the product of a single farmer, and the price difference may be even larger, the authors said.
But when you buy the honey directly from the vendors, the difference is usually about $100 or less, Stapper added.
For more information, read the full study here.
A previous version of this story misstated the average price of honey sold by a single farm and honey vendor in Vermont.
It is $3 per ounce.