wedding costs

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

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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?

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Testimonials

Malcolm & Lynne

Malcolm and I had a fabulous time at our wedding. Everything went according to plan. They did not only made the whole day run smoothly but it was the extra effort they made for us that we really appreciated.
The flowers were amazing. I was totally overwhelmed by them. It was the only thing i really didn't want to compromise on and my choice of flowers were not available locally. They sourced them for me and they came all the way from South Africa!
It was a stress free experience for us and we would recommend any of our friends to get married with your help!
5.0
2017-08-10T11:33:22+00:00
Malcolm and I had a fabulous time at our wedding. Everything went according to plan. They did not only made the whole day run smoothly but it was the extra effort they made for us that we really appreciated. The flowers were amazing. I was totally overwhelmed by them. It was the only thing i really didn't want to compromise on and my choice of flowers were not available locally. They sourced them for me and they came all the way from South Africa! It was a stress free experience for us and we would recommend any of our friends to get married with your help!

Ted & Karen

I just wanted to say how fantastic everything was and I could never have imagined that I could have had such a lovely, relaxed wedding day filled with so many wonderful things. It felt very surreal being in the pool with my friends before the ceremony, without a care in the world! The whole day just kept getting better and better and was truly magical, and if asked for a highlight, I would not be able to make up my mind between the settings, the food or the flamenco....all absolutely amazing! I have so many lovely memories and I can't thank you enough for all your hard work and vision!
5.0
2017-08-11T08:19:26+00:00
I just wanted to say how fantastic everything was and I could never have imagined that I could have had such a lovely, relaxed wedding day filled with so many wonderful things. It felt very surreal being in the pool with my friends before the ceremony, without a care in the world! The whole day just kept getting better and better and was truly magical, and if asked for a highlight, I would not be able to make up my mind between the settings, the food or the flamenco....all absolutely amazing! I have so many lovely memories and I can't thank you enough for all your hard work and vision!

Mick & Louise

I just had to thank you once again for being a wonderful wedding planner, fairy godmother and friend - we had such a fabulous time and everyone was thrilled to be there. All of your contacts were lovely and helped to make the day the special occasion that it certainly was. We shall never forget it and loved the fact that you just appeared whenever we needed you as if by magic, but we were unaware of the behind the scenes activities going on whilst enjoying our day - the flowers were perfect, the food delicious and music certainly got everyone up dancing - thank you so much!
5.0
2017-08-11T08:52:53+00:00
I just had to thank you once again for being a wonderful wedding planner, fairy godmother and friend - we had such a fabulous time and everyone was thrilled to be there. All of your contacts were lovely and helped to make the day the special occasion that it certainly was. We shall never forget it and loved the fact that you just appeared whenever we needed you as if by magic, but we were unaware of the behind the scenes activities going on whilst enjoying our day - the flowers were perfect, the food delicious and music certainly got everyone up dancing - thank you so much!

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!

Oliver & Alexandra

Thank you and all your team for helping make Alex and Oliver wedding day absolutely PERFECT!!!!!!

They had the best day ever and so did we, all the guests did too J

We will post a testimonial on your website but wanted to thank you ladies personally.

All the very best for the future and take care.
5.0
2016-11-01T11:51:25+00:00
Thank you and all your team for helping make Alex and Oliver wedding day absolutely PERFECT!!!!!! They had the best day ever and so did we, all the guests did too J We will post a testimonial on your website but wanted to thank you ladies personally. All the very best for the future and take care.

Leon & Stephanie

We just wanted to say thank you very much for the enormous amount of help we had from you both in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself. It turned out to be a perfect day in every way. We know that it wouldn't have been so perfect without your help so a million thanks from us both.

From the first meeting you understood us as a couple and exactly what we wanted the day to be like, which was the most important thing. You then provided us with the guidance we needed through the whole planning process and supported us with the best services we could have asked for. 


Thank you! 
5.0
2017-08-11T09:47:28+00:00
We just wanted to say thank you very much for the enormous amount of help we had from you both in the run up to the wedding and on the day itself. It turned out to be a perfect day in every way. We know that it wouldn't have been so perfect without your help so a million thanks from us both. From the first meeting you understood us as a couple and exactly what we wanted the day to be like, which was the most important thing. You then provided us with the guidance we needed through the whole planning process and supported us with the best services we could have asked for.  Thank you! 

Steven & Martha

Our day was truly magical and stress free with thanks to Paradise Event Productions. Everything was so efficient and ran like clock work. The venue was perfect, food was excellent and service was impeccable. We never once worried or stressed over any of the arrangements because they were both so helpful and understanding. HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you and continue with your miracle work 🙂 love Martha and Stephen
5.0
2017-08-10T10:52:18+00:00
Our day was truly magical and stress free with thanks to Paradise Event Productions. Everything was so efficient and ran like clock work. The venue was perfect, food was excellent and service was impeccable. We never once worried or stressed over any of the arrangements because they were both so helpful and understanding. HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you and continue with your miracle work 🙂 love Martha and Stephen

Ellen & Kathy

So, we just wanted to say thanks so much for everything. We had such an amazing week in Nerja and a wonderful wedding day. Everything was absolutely perfect!!! The wedding in Mojacar was gorgeous and the hotel, that was the was spot on with everything. The horse and carriage was also amazing, the guests were very impressed, some even a little obsessed! There are lots of photos floating around of them! it was a lovely touch to the day!! I don't think we could have asked for anything more! 
5.0
2017-08-09T10:39:10+00:00
So, we just wanted to say thanks so much for everything. We had such an amazing week in Nerja and a wonderful wedding day. Everything was absolutely perfect!!! The wedding in Mojacar was gorgeous and the hotel, that was the was spot on with everything. The horse and carriage was also amazing, the guests were very impressed, some even a little obsessed! There are lots of photos floating around of them! it was a lovely touch to the day!! I don't think we could have asked for anything more! 

Larry & Caroline

Thank you so much for all you did to make our day and days so special. I cannot think of a single thing that did not go off like clockwork. It thoroughly vindicated our decision to get married abroad and every single guest has reiterated this to us.
5.0
2017-08-11T10:56:11+00:00
Thank you so much for all you did to make our day and days so special. I cannot think of a single thing that did not go off like clockwork. It thoroughly vindicated our decision to get married abroad and every single guest has reiterated this to us.

Johnny & Nicola

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

Martina & Shane

I just want to say thanks for all your help over the last year, everybody was so impressed with everything from the food to the villa to your calmness...I just really want to say thanks again from both of us.
5.0
2017-08-11T08:08:23+00:00
I just want to say thanks for all your help over the last year, everybody was so impressed with everything from the food to the villa to your calmness...I just really want to say thanks again from both of us.

Graham & Lynda

Well we are finally back in the land of the living after a wonderful honeymoon, but to be fair, nothing could top the amazing day we had on the 4th September!!!

We cannot thank you both enough for making it such a magical day, but most of all, we were overwhelmed by all the work and organisation you put into it – it meant that we had a hassle-free day that we enjoyed every minute of and our guests cannot stop raving about!!  From the Wally Trolley to the piper to the fairytale venue to the fireworks, everyone agreed it was the best wedding they had been to and Graham and I are convinced they are not just being polite!

Thanks again for everything you did for us, we are so very very appreciative and we wish you both the very best for everything in the future.
5.0
2017-08-11T10:10:37+00:00
Well we are finally back in the land of the living after a wonderful honeymoon, but to be fair, nothing could top the amazing day we had on the 4th September!!! We cannot thank you both enough for making it such a magical day, but most of all, we were overwhelmed by all the work and organisation you put into it – it meant that we had a hassle-free day that we enjoyed every minute of and our guests cannot stop raving about!!  From the Wally Trolley to the piper to the fairytale venue to the fireworks, everyone agreed it was the best wedding they had been to and Graham and I are convinced they are not just being polite! Thanks again for everything you did for us, we are so very very appreciative and we wish you both the very best for everything in the future.

Dave & Orla

We just wanted to say thank you for making our day, you were really
wonderful!  You took all the worry out of everything and left us free to
relax and enjoy the day.
5.0
2017-08-11T08:15:54+00:00
We just wanted to say thank you for making our day, you were really wonderful!  You took all the worry out of everything and left us free to relax and enjoy the day.

Dominic & Zoe

Hi Jennifer,

Wow WOW wow what a wonderful time we had. You did an incredible job. It was an amazing day and so so well organised. I didn't have to think about a thing.

The band where brilliant everyone is still talking about how good they where. The DJ was great and very chilled out. and the FLAMENCO was AMAZING!!! Well Dominic is now saying it was the best wedding present and one of the highlights of the day. I cannot believe then Dance until they are in pain, it adds to the emotion on their faces.
Like you said it gives you goose pimples.

You looked wonderful and all the guests said how great you where. You made the day so relaxing and easy for us. Thank you thank you thank you.
5.0
2017-08-11T09:57:07+00:00
Hi Jennifer, Wow WOW wow what a wonderful time we had. You did an incredible job. It was an amazing day and so so well organised. I didn't have to think about a thing. The band where brilliant everyone is still talking about how good they where. The DJ was great and very chilled out. and the FLAMENCO was AMAZING!!! Well Dominic is now saying it was the best wedding present and one of the highlights of the day. I cannot believe then Dance until they are in pain, it adds to the emotion on their faces. Like you said it gives you goose pimples. You looked wonderful and all the guests said how great you where. You made the day so relaxing and easy for us. Thank you thank you thank you.

Shane & Aideen

We would just like to thank you so much for all your hard work and all the effort you
put into our beautiful wedding, the music, the hotel, the meal, organizing everyone which was a job in itself! You kept everyone, including myself so calm. We had such a great time and everyone loved the day from beginning till the end, and they all had wonderful things to say about you. How you looked after people in the hotel on the day. Thank you again for the wonderful memories and time we had. I have nothing but the highest of praise for both you and the hotel staff.
5.0
2017-08-11T08:38:11+00:00
We would just like to thank you so much for all your hard work and all the effort you put into our beautiful wedding, the music, the hotel, the meal, organizing everyone which was a job in itself! You kept everyone, including myself so calm. We had such a great time and everyone loved the day from beginning till the end, and they all had wonderful things to say about you. How you looked after people in the hotel on the day. Thank you again for the wonderful memories and time we had. I have nothing but the highest of praise for both you and the hotel staff.
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