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?

        

 

Testimonials

Karen and Martin

I would highly recommend Paradise Event Planner as a service. All our questions were answered promptly and honestly during the planning. We always felt in control of our own decisions and yet appreciated the experienced advice provided. The attention to small details really made the day special. Your calm approach to a potentially stressful time helped to keep the nerves at bay. I was pleased that you allowed us lots of flexibility in our choices and didn't try to persuade us into anything we didn't want/need but appreciated your opinion when requested.
5.0
2017-08-10T11:55:45+00:00
I would highly recommend Paradise Event Planner as a service. All our questions were answered promptly and honestly during the planning. We always felt in control of our own decisions and yet appreciated the experienced advice provided. The attention to small details really made the day special. Your calm approach to a potentially stressful time helped to keep the nerves at bay. I was pleased that you allowed us lots of flexibility in our choices and didn't try to persuade us into anything we didn't want/need but appreciated your opinion when requested.

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.

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.

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! 

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!

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. 

Family of Ricardo

We were extremely happy with all at Paradise Event Productions, both Rob, Swen and team helped along every step of the planning process and their support on the wedding day itself was second to none. We would strongly recommend them as they made the whole day run smoothly and this meant we could enjoy every minute without the stress of worrying about the little things. Thank you so much to all at Paradise Event Productions for helping make our day so so special.
5.0
2016-10-09T10:33:38+00:00
We were extremely happy with all at Paradise Event Productions, both Rob, Swen and team helped along every step of the planning process and their support on the wedding day itself was second to none. We would strongly recommend them as they made the whole day run smoothly and this meant we could enjoy every minute without the stress of worrying about the little things. Thank you so much to all at Paradise Event Productions for helping make our day so so special.

Richard & Kathryn

Hi Paradise Event Productions,

Just wanted to drop a line to say thank you so much for helping us to have the best day we could possibly have hoped for! We really enjoyed the whole week but of course most of all our wedding day. We have lots of very happy memories and can’t stop talking about it to whoever will listen!! Thanks again for helping us to make it happen.


 Love & best wishes,


Richard & Kathryn
5.0
2017-08-11T11:34:41+00:00
Hi Paradise Event Productions, Just wanted to drop a line to say thank you so much for helping us to have the best day we could possibly have hoped for! We really enjoyed the whole week but of course most of all our wedding day. We have lots of very happy memories and can’t stop talking about it to whoever will listen!! Thanks again for helping us to make it happen.  Love & best wishes, Richard & Kathryn

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!

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

Matt & Laura

For a year and a half you guys helped us immensely with every aspect of our planning for our big day. No question was too silly or small and if you were busy, your lovely assistant Rob was always on hand and just as helpful. Swen helped us create exactly what we wanted from the smallest details to the really big! Even a month on, our guests are still talking about how amazing everything was and that it was the best wedding they've ever attended! As Swen has lots of experience he can really advise you of the best decisions etc. Swen has helped us make our dream a reality and we cant thank him enough for this.
5.0
2017-08-11T11:44:39+00:00
For a year and a half you guys helped us immensely with every aspect of our planning for our big day. No question was too silly or small and if you were busy, your lovely assistant Rob was always on hand and just as helpful. Swen helped us create exactly what we wanted from the smallest details to the really big! Even a month on, our guests are still talking about how amazing everything was and that it was the best wedding they've ever attended! As Swen has lots of experience he can really advise you of the best decisions etc. Swen has helped us make our dream a reality and we cant thank him enough for this.

Johnny & Nicola

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

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!

Eduardo & Lauriel

Dear Paradise Event Productions,
The holidays were busy, and so wonderful.  Now we're back to the real world and so happy.  What a perfect Wedding.  Thank you so much for all you did to help us coordinate everything and to make the day run just as we'd planned so that we could just relax and enjoy every moment.  You are fabulous, and we are so happy and grateful for all that you did for us.  Thank you!
5.0
2017-08-11T10:39:21+00:00
Dear Paradise Event Productions, The holidays were busy, and so wonderful.  Now we're back to the real world and so happy.  What a perfect Wedding.  Thank you so much for all you did to help us coordinate everything and to make the day run just as we'd planned so that we could just relax and enjoy every moment.  You are fabulous, and we are so happy and grateful for all that you did for us.  Thank you!

Adam & Louise

Hi guys,
I just arrived back in New York Yesterday after an absolutely fantastic few weeks. Adam and I want to thank you so very much for organizing and coordinating such a fantastic wedding... It really was (without sounding too dramatic!) the wedding of our dreams... Everything ran so smoothly and we can't thank you enough for all of your support, suggestions, organisation in the months before hand and co ordination on the day...


Our friends and family have not stopped talking about it and many have said that they doubt they'll ever attend a wedding quite like it again!! Many thanks! 
5.0
2017-08-11T10:33:10+00:00
Hi guys, I just arrived back in New York Yesterday after an absolutely fantastic few weeks. Adam and I want to thank you so very much for organizing and coordinating such a fantastic wedding... It really was (without sounding too dramatic!) the wedding of our dreams... Everything ran so smoothly and we can't thank you enough for all of your support, suggestions, organisation in the months before hand and co ordination on the day... Our friends and family have not stopped talking about it and many have said that they doubt they'll ever attend a wedding quite like it again!! Many thanks! 
5.0
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