The key facts to consider when budgeting for your big day:
Researchers concluded the average cost of a wedding was £30,000 in 2019 – up from £26,000+ in 2018.
If this bill has taken your breath away, don’t panic, because we’ve got lots of ways you can keep fees down.
This is normally your biggest outgoing, with the average cost coming in somewhere between £5,000 to £6,000.
Choosing the right location can be incredibly fun, with lots of special trips to exciting locations.
For those that like to keep things simple, venues that offer everything in one place could be your best bet. They will arrange your food, DJ and even point you in the right direction of photographers.
From stunning weddings barns to hotels and everything in between, it’s best to call venues directly and talk to them about your budget to see if they can tailor their services to fit in with you. Discounts are normally offered for mid-week weddings, and off-season dates can also save you money.
Whether you’re wanting a small-scale do or a full-on celebration, catering is likely to be your next biggest outgoing.
Some venues will only allow you to eat their food, but others are flexible. This opens the door for you to hunt around for cheaper catering options, such as a pizza van for the evening snack.
Typically, food will cost you around £7,000, but this price is dependent on how many guests you invite.
Guests expect a lot of refreshments throughout the day, and merry guests often result in a fun wedding.
From champagne during the speeches to wine throughout the meal, the cost for drinks should always be factored into your big day.
It’s also becoming increasingly popular to welcome guests with cocktails after the official ceremony has finished.
It’s best to keep discussions open with your venue about what their cheapest options are for alcohol. Serving prosecco instead of champagne is an easy way to keep costs down.
Some venues might also be happy for you to provide the cocktails yourself at the start of the wedding.