Average Cost Of A UK Wedding in 2023

I thought I would share some insights into the Average Cost Of A UK Wedding In 2023. The price list is based around using high quality wedding vendors and suppliers delivering an excellent service and products to their clients. To be clear, this is not a definitive price range, it’s simply a ballpark to give you a realistic idea of costs when it comes to your wedding planning and setting a budget for your big day. For every element of weddings there are more expensive options, and cheaper options. It is up to you how you choose to spend extravagantly or save. Everyone has their own priorities when it comes to their wedding budget.

The numbers below are a starting point to work off, but the actual cost of any service or supplier will depend on your wedding, your guest numbers and your requirements. Please be aware that suppliers set their rates based on various factors, so these price ranges should help you work out what you want to spend on and what you would prefer to cut and save money on and with the ever rising costs be sure to check your prices remain the same when booking a year or two in advance.

Venue Rental: £2000 – £12,000

Food & Drink: £5000 – £8000

Entertainment (DJ): £300 – £500

Entertainment (Live Band): £1000 – £2500

Wedding Dress and Accessories: £1500 – £5000

Photography: £1000 – £3000

Videography: £1000 – £2000

Flowers: £1000 – £3000

Wedding Rings: £500 – £2000

Ceremony Music: £300 – £700

Groom’s Suit (To buy): £300 – £2000

Wedding Cake: £300 – £700

Stationery: £400 – £1000

Wedding Styling. & Room Decor: £750 – £3000

Bridesmaids: £300 – £1000

Groomsmen: £500 – £2000

Hair & Makeup: £500 – £1200

Wedding Transport: £500 – £1000

Fees: £50

Unaccounted for: £3000 Factor in 10% of your budget to account for miscellaneous wedding purchases along the way.

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The average age of couples getting married

According to the report the average age of an engaged bride on her wedding day is 31.4, while her partner is 33.3 years old. The vast majority of couples are aged between 25-33.

How long are couples staying engaged for, before they get married?

The length of time a couple is engaged for before getting married has been increasing for a several years now. The average length of time a couple is engaged for in the U.K has again risen to an average of 23.5 months versus last year’s average of 22.3 months. 24% of couples are engaged for more than 2 years before their wedding compared to only 19% in 2017. The most popular month of the year for couples to get engaged is December with an average of 19% of all couples getting engaged over the Christmas period.

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How many guests are couples inviting to their wedding?

On average 78 guests are invited to a wedding, last year’s average was 79. There has been an increase in the amount of evening guests invited though, with an average of 98 people invited versus last year’s average of 90.

Choosing a date for your wedding

August is still the most popular month of the year to get married. 18% of the weddings that took place in the U.K in 2021 where in August and the second Saturday in August was the most popular date overall. Based on our own bookings for 2021 & 2022 this is a trend that is likely to continue. We have more bookings for August in 2022 & 2023 than in any other month. According to the report he most expensive month of the year to get married in is June with January being the cheapest. On average there was a £7,300 difference in the cost between getting married in June or January.

Marriage ceremony location

Every year it seems that having the wedding ceremony at the same location as the wedding reception becomes more popular and this is now far and away the most popular option with 63% of couples choosing to have their wedding ceremony at their reception venue. We can understand why, this can often make for a less stressful day. When everything happens at the same venue a lot of the time pressures disappear, due to not needing to travel. Only 28% of couples chose to have their wedding ceremony at a place of worship.

How UK couples find a photographer for their wedding

Obviously as Northern Ireland wedding photographers this part of the report is interesting to us. According to the report 35% of couples found their wedding photographers based on a recommendation from a family member or a friend and 22% found their wedding photographers online. Only 15% found their wedding photographer at a wedding fair. This is good news for us as we don’t attend wedding fairs at all. Every wedding photographer will have their own way of doing things and we found that wedding fairs just weren’t a good fit for us.

How couples contact wedding vendors

On average a huge 76% of couples make first contact with wedding vendors by email. We don’t keep records of how our couples contact us, although email is the most popular option along with messages sent to us via our Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Most popular wedding UK venue types

The report states that the most popular choice for a wedding venue in 2021 was a Country or Manor house with 26% of couples choosing this option, this has been the case for a few years now. A barn style wedding was the second most popular choice and this option seen the biggest increase with many industry experts expecting this type of venue to soon become the most popular choice. Garden/Outdoor weddings saw a good increase in popularity, which is great because we love outdoor weddings.

What was the most important reason for choosing a particular wedding venue?

Half of all couples chose their wedding venue because it had beautiful grounds. This very much fits in with the current trend of having everything for your wedding in on place as mentioned previously. Choosing a venue that can accommodate your ceremony, your wedding reception and that has an area available to use for your wedding photographs can make for a much more relaxed wedding day.

Wedding D.I.Y

Weddings are expensive so it’s only natural that couples would try and find ways of cutting costs to make the best use of their wedding budget. There are so many things that couples can now do themselves to help save on cost. These personal touches can also very much add to the memories of your wedding and are now an important part of the majority of U.K weddings. The most popular thing to D.I.Y based on the report was table numbers, place cards and the seating chart with 63% of couples choosing to make these themselves. 53% of couples also chose to D.I.Y their wedding invitations and save the date cards.

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The average cost of a U.K wedding in 2021

The data in the report shows that the current average cost of a wedding in the U.K is now 16,005, compared to last year’s average cost of £15,171. If the costs of both the engagement ring and honeymoon are also included the average cost of a U.K wedding is £20,731 which is also an increase on last year’s average of £19,893. The report also provides a little more information, including that of the couples they surveyed, some had weddings costing less than £5,000 and some had weddings costing over £40,000. More than half of all the couples surveyed spent between £10,000 – £25,000 on their wedding. A huge 40% of couples spent more than their initial budget with only 4% being under budget.

Honeymoon destinations

15% of couples stayed in the U.K for their honeymoon with 21% visiting continental Europe. Some of the most popular destinations included Southeast Asia, Italy, Greece, Spain and the Maldives. The average cost for a honeymoon in the Maldives was £8,000. Couples spent the least on honeymoons in the U.K, Spain and Portugal with an average cost of just under £2,000.

Other trends

2021 was the year of the Rustic wedding and this is very much expected to continue with couples now very much preferring a less formal, casual style of wedding.

Couples are increasingly finding new ways to personalise their wedding and making choices that can save them money. Weekday weddings are becoming increasingly more popular and on average couples save £4,000 by choosing not to get married on a Saturday or by choosing not to get married during the most popular months of the year like August and September.

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