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How Much Does A Wedding Cost? (in the UK)

See our detailed breakdown by clicking here.

Welcome to the ultimate wedding budget guide.

Mel Yates

You’re just engaged? Congratulations! After the excitement settles, don’t be overwhelmed by wedding budget dread. Take charge and make sure you have a clear idea of your wedding budget to ensure you get the most out of your big day. First step? Read on to find out how much the average wedding costs.

WEDDING PLANNING ESSENTIALS

Average wedding budget breakdown:

Wedding venue: £2,790

Once you have a good idea of the head count and date, snap up your wedding venue early. Check out our edit of the best wedding venues in the UK and abroad. Fancy something unusual? Here are 3 quirky venues to try.

Reception venue: £3,919

Secure your reception venue if you’re having the ceremony at a separate location. Some venues have recommended suppliers, from florists to caterers, so make sure each element is right for you. Stuck for inspiration? Get creative with a reception theme and steal styling ideas from these brides and their dreamy real weddings: from the all-out glamorous to the prettiest garden dos. If saving pennies is top of your list, be inspired by these real brides who saved on a venue by saying ‘I do’ at home.

Catering: £3,959

Hosting a plentiful wedding breakfast? Check to see if the catering can be reduced for your evening do to save on budget. A keen foodie? Peruse wed-ready food and drink trends to impress guests. A mobile bar or food truck can be a good way to slash costs.

Photography/video: £1,046

From budget to style, there’s lots to consider when you pick your photographer. Read the top questions to ask yourself before you settle on your wedding photographer and how pick the perfect photographer who will make you look amazing. For more tips browse our wedding photography section and why not try these cool new ways to capture your wedding?

Flowers: £638

Find your dream wedding bouquet among our top 50 favourite big day blooms and then get the look for less with our 3 clever ways to slash your flower budget.

Cake: £300

The most fabulous wedding cakes to serve now – and our favourite real wedding cakes – are the best place to start your research (but don’t forget to check out these cakes you won’t believe are real). Then, get tasting!

Entertainment: £773

What does your dream party look like? Make it a reality with one of these bands or DJs.

Dress: £1,378

Find The One in our wedding dress gallery of over 27,500 gowns and keep an eye on sample sales in our Win Save Book section. Plus, browse our 11 favourite budget bridal brands – for seriously savvy style.

Shoes: £161

Hands up all you shoe-aholics! We are slightly obsessed with shoes here at Brides HQ – join in the fun and pin your favourites from our shoe gallery.

Stationery: £271

From invitations to escort cards and menus, get the details just right with our inspiring stationery section. Want to save the pennies? Get advice on how to make your own invitations.

Headdress/veil: £138

The cherry on the cake! Complete a romantic look with one of these elegant veils or headpieces.

Attendants’ outfits: £436

Will you pay for your ‘maids dresses and cover suit hire? Find out what this etiquette expert had to say…

Mother-of-the-bride outfit: £349

Show her how much you care and take her for a shopping trip to find her a chic big day outfit. Start with our mother-of-the-bride gallery and take a look at these style tips for mum from Caroline Burstein of Browns Bride.

Groom’s outfit: £439

Find dapper inspiration aplenty in our groom style gallery, and check out our top tips for the suavest sartorial style.

Beauty: £301

Click through these red carpet beauty moments for endless wedinspo then take a look at our Brides Beauty Awards gallery to find our what’s worth spending your pennies on. Want to go all out? See what happened when deputy editor Claudia Waterson had a £5,000 bridal makeover.

Engagement ring: £3,037

From the most dazzling celebrity engagement rings to how to take the perfect engagement ring selfie, we’ve got all things bling-related covered!

Wedding rings: £809

Not sure how to shop for your wedding bands? Read our quick-click guide!

Other wedding jewellery: £176

Don’t forget the finishing touches – from the prettiest earrings to stunning headwear.

Honeymoon: £4,413

Get the lowdown on where to visit (and when!), be inspired by our round-up of the most jaw-dropping destinations from our first-ever Brides Honeymoon Awards – and even see the world for £500!

Gift list: £2,400

What is at the top of your wish list? Here are some ideas to get you started.

Total: £30,111

PLANNING YOUR WEDDING? START HERE…

First off, sit down with your fiancé, or with your parents if they’re going to contribute, and work out what you can afford to spend.

SEE THE WORLD FOR £500!

To keep track of your big day spending, write down the estimated costs in a budget planner and then regularly review the costs as you confirm with suppliers to ensure you stay on track.

50 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY AT YOUR WEDDING

As a guide, here are the average amounts that Brides readers spend. Make this your starting point and then ask yourself, which elements are important to you and your fiancé? Then adjust these average weddings costs to suit your needs – don’t forget, it’s completely up to you where you decide to save or splurge!

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE: £50 VS £500 BOUQUET

Top tip: Pick one area that will make the day extra special for you. Love the latest floral trends? Then set aside a little bit more for  your dream wedding dress and cut back on other areas, such as flowers. It’s all about getting a balance across the different areas.

BE INSPIRED BY REAL-LIFE WEDDINGS

If budgeting is a big concern, get more tips for setting your wedding budget and advice from the best wedding planners out there?

        

 

Testimonials

Mark & Ciara

Thanks so much for the well wishes, we had an absolute ball, a big part down to your amazing work. Everything went off without a hitch, our friends are still talking about ‘the best wedding they’ve ever been to’!! Everything ran so smoothly and it was such a relaxing day knowing that Joan had everything sorted in advance, so reassuring. 
5.0
2017-08-11T11:39:32+00:00
Thanks so much for the well wishes, we had an absolute ball, a big part down to your amazing work. Everything went off without a hitch, our friends are still talking about ‘the best wedding they’ve ever been to’!! Everything ran so smoothly and it was such a relaxing day knowing that Joan had everything sorted in advance, so reassuring. 

Johnny & Nicola

Thanks a million, it was brilliant!
5.0
2017-08-11T08:10:52+00:00
Thanks a million, it was brilliant!

David-Willetts-Smith

I'd like to say me and my wife highly recommend Swen and his team at Paradise Wedding Spain. We used his services for our wedding day and can highly recommend him. The red Auburn added to our perfect day in Espana!
Also his 4x4 off road day trip was great!
5.0
2017-08-22T08:57:13+00:00
I'd like to say me and my wife highly recommend Swen and his team at Paradise Wedding Spain. We used his services for our wedding day and can highly recommend him. The red Auburn added to our perfect day in Espana! Also his 4x4 off road day trip was great!

David & Hilary

Thanks very much for all you did to make our wedding day perfect, ceremony, food, music, everything! Everyone had a ball.
5.0
2017-08-11T07:46:35+00:00
Thanks very much for all you did to make our wedding day perfect, ceremony, food, music, everything! Everyone had a ball.

Kevin

5.0
2017-08-11T07:44:05+00:00
I have been to many weddings and this is by far the best ever!

Mark & Gráinne

We just wanted to e-mail you to say thank you.  I don't know where to start but from our first meeting back in October you have been excellent.  You really helped to make our special day extra special - it was like a fairy tale to us.  We are finding it hard to come back down to earth now after it all!

 

 You couldn't have been any more helpful and everything ran so smoothly on the day. Everyone commented on how hard you worked on the wedding day no-one could believe it - thank you.  The church was excellent, Casa, food, flowers, cars, music - there is nothing we would change.  It was just magical.  

 

Thanks a million!

 Gráinne and Mark
5.0
2017-08-11T11:52:50+00:00
We just wanted to e-mail you to say thank you.  I don't know where to start but from our first meeting back in October you have been excellent.  You really helped to make our special day extra special - it was like a fairy tale to us.  We are finding it hard to come back down to earth now after it all!    You couldn't have been any more helpful and everything ran so smoothly on the day. Everyone commented on how hard you worked on the wedding day no-one could believe it - thank you.  The church was excellent, Casa, food, flowers, cars, music - there is nothing we would change.  It was just magical.     Thanks a million!  Gráinne and Mark

Simon & Claire

5.0
2017-08-11T07:54:27+00:00
We've just got back from our honeymoon and we wanted to thank you very much for all your hard work and professionalism arranging our wedding. It was exactly as we'd hoped and more - we loved everything.

Siobhan & Craig

I would just like to thank you so much for all the hard work and the huge effort you put into our beautiful wedding, it was the most amazing day. Everything went perfect, from the venue, catering, minister, and the DJ was fantastic !  All our guests had a brilliant time.  Everyone commented on how hard you worked and how much they enjoyed it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend your service to anyone, our wedding was without a doubt even better than we ever hoped or dreamed it would be.
5.0
2017-08-11T09:53:07+00:00
I would just like to thank you so much for all the hard work and the huge effort you put into our beautiful wedding, it was the most amazing day. Everything went perfect, from the venue, catering, minister, and the DJ was fantastic !  All our guests had a brilliant time.  Everyone commented on how hard you worked and how much they enjoyed it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend your service to anyone, our wedding was without a doubt even better than we ever hoped or dreamed it would be.

Stuart & Lynne

Excellent support both before and on the day!
5.0
2017-08-10T12:02:00+00:00
Excellent support both before and on the day!

Colin & Sheena

A huge thanks to you again for such brilliant organisation, without you it would not have been the day it was. What can I say, you were great. 
5.0
2017-08-10T11:54:06+00:00
A huge thanks to you again for such brilliant organisation, without you it would not have been the day it was. What can I say, you were great. 

Bart & Frank

Thank you so so much for such a fantastic wedding. Our guests say it was one if not the best they were ever at. I really really want to thank you. I can't help talking about you, and your incredible cars. You are excellent at your jobs and we would have no hesitation in recommending you. Every thing we needed wanted and enquired about you went above and beyond to help us. Our wedding was a massive success thank you.
As for keeping in touch of course. We will miss your emails and the buzz attached when receiving them.  https://youtu.be/BKG7_dfpX08
5.0
2017-06-09T10:32:11+00:00
Thank you so so much for such a fantastic wedding. Our guests say it was one if not the best they were ever at. I really really want to thank you. I can't help talking about you, and your incredible cars. You are excellent at your jobs and we would have no hesitation in recommending you. Every thing we needed wanted and enquired about you went above and beyond to help us. Our wedding was a massive success thank you. As for keeping in touch of course. We will miss your emails and the buzz attached when receiving them.  https://youtu.be/BKG7_dfpX08

Jonny & Emma

Thank you for making our wedding in Andalusia such a wonderful experience. We would recommend Paradise Event Planner to anyone looking for a smoothly run, friendly and professional wedding planning service. A very big thank you to both Swen and Rob for all their efforts!! The attention to detail was second to none. Thank you!

5.0
2017-08-11T11:09:00+00:00
Thank you for making our wedding in Andalusia such a wonderful experience. We would recommend Paradise Event Planner to anyone looking for a smoothly run, friendly and professional wedding planning service. A very big thank you to both Swen and Rob for all their efforts!! The attention to detail was second to none. Thank you!

Jer & Lorraine

Thank you for all your efforts, everyone totally enjoyed the day!
5.0
2017-08-11T08:13:41+00:00
Thank you for all your efforts, everyone totally enjoyed the day!

Roy & Anne

Thank you so much to you and all the team for your help in celebrating the happiest day of our lives. It's been a whirlwind since the week before the wedding until now.

The wedding day was amazing, the food was out of this world (thank to your canape recommendations). the photography you provided was amazing and video, then the band was awesome and the DJ turned out to be a blast. The staff stayed well into the night so we could enjoy ourselves to the fullest 🙂
5.0
2017-08-09T10:37:53+00:00
Thank you so much to you and all the team for your help in celebrating the happiest day of our lives. It's been a whirlwind since the week before the wedding until now. The wedding day was amazing, the food was out of this world (thank to your canape recommendations). the photography you provided was amazing and video, then the band was awesome and the DJ turned out to be a blast. The staff stayed well into the night so we could enjoy ourselves to the fullest 🙂

John & Jenna

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Guys,

Hope ye are both well!!!
Just a quick note to say thanks sooooo much for all you're help over the past 2 years! ye were brilliant! Our wedding day went off without a hitch & we were very pleased with EVERYTHING on the day!!!
I can not believe its all over now & we are both back to work, back to normal life shall we say haha!!! Thanks a million again!!!!

Lots of Love XxXx
5.0
2013-02-09T11:55:57+00:00
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Guys, Hope ye are both well!!! Just a quick note to say thanks sooooo much for all you're help over the past 2 years! ye were brilliant! Our wedding day went off without a hitch & we were very pleased with EVERYTHING on the day!!! I can not believe its all over now & we are both back to work, back to normal life shall we say haha!!! Thanks a million again!!!! Lots of Love XxXx
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