Your wedding day will be one of the biggest days of your life and it can be hard to know how much to save, what to do first and why you should prioritise certain tasks over the others.
It’s important to take your planning step by step and organise your wedding day by day. Your first stage will be the most vital – finance. You need to look at what you want from your big day and how much all that will cost.
The Average Wedding
In July 2018, a survey found that the average wedding in the United Kingdom cost £30,355, which was a dramatic increase from last year’s average spend of £26,989 – it was found to be up by 12%. This means this year the spend is set to increase even more.
However, is this rise in total money spent due to prices of things and activities getting more expensive, or because people are willing to spend more on their wedding day?
The same survey found that suppliers are actually increasing their fees and product prices by 12% every year, so even if couples wanted to spend less and cut costs, they may find themselves spending more money.
The wedding cake is a centrepiece in the wedding venue and is considered an essential prop in the big day, especially as couples are photographed cutting it together. Therefore, people are willing to spend more money on the dessert, with the average wedding cake costing couples £323.
Although the venue is considered an important part of the wedding day, it’s actually the location of the big day that can cost a fortune. London is considered the most expensive place to get married, with an average spend of £31,837, whereas couples in Northern Ireland only spend on average £12,783.
The venue, one of the most vital aspects of the wedding day, comes in at an average cost of £4,354. However, that price is at the more extravagant end of stately homes and there are options that can be a lot more cost effective.
Decorating the venue can make the price of your wedding rise dramatically. Venue dressing can start to increase the total, with things like marquees and wedding flowers, which can start from £250 from some florists, and £500 when table pieces are added in.
The Food and Drink
The cost of food and drink varies on the provider and if you go with the venue’s menu or not. For around 100 guests with a three-course meal, you could be looking at spending around £3,100. This will rise with the inclusion of an open bar.
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of the wedding day is the bridal dress, which can cost on average around £1,385 in the UK. If you’re shopping on the high street, then expect to pay £780, but if you’re looking for a bespoke wedding dress then expect to fork out around £2,083.
If you’re not lucky enough to have a good friend that does photography, then expect to pay around £1,480 for a wedding photographer. This total will vary on the service, the professionalism of the photographer and if you want them there for the whole day or only the wedding service itself.