Average Wedding Cost in the UK Revealed

The average total cost of a wedding in 2019 was £31,974, which is actually £299 less than last year. However, don’t go celebrating your costs going down year on year just yet. That figure doesn’t include beauty-related spends which came to £612 in 2018. It’s still nearly a sobering £5k up on the average wedding cost in 2017. Unsurprisingly, more than half of couples needed financial help from their families to pay.

Average Wedding Cost in the UK Revealed

The top 10 spends were the same as last year, but your priorities have changed. More money was spent on your dream venue, bucket-list honeymoon and jetting off on a minimoon – which after all that planning stress is very needed! But you saved on the food, engagement ring and drinks.

Here are the top 10 wedding spends for 2019:

  • Venue hire – £5,406
  • Honeymoon – £4,645
  • Food – £3,887
  • Engagement ring – £2,419
  • Drink – £1,587
  • Wedding dress/outfit – £1,313
  • Photography – £1,155
  • Mini-moon – £1,135
  • Entertainment/music – £1,005
  • Video – £968

It’s outside of the top 10 spends that the most interesting changes are going on – and it’s all about the pre-wedding parties.

Couples are now spending over £100 more on their hen and stag parties than in 2018 – with hens costing £472 and stags a whopping £552. Your engagement party has snuck up 29% to £875, which is more than you spent combined on bridesmaid dresses, the wedding cake and your stationery. Accommodation came in as your 12th biggest cost at £820.

Average Wedding Cost in the UK Revealed

Speaking of bridesmaid dresses, you shelled out £199 more this year despite having an average of one less bridesmaid, taking your budget to £340. But boy, did you make that saving elsewhere! You spent £190 less on bridesmaids’ gifts, at just £147. The dress was enough of a gift, then?

Getting the right outfits for the big day was a big priority this year. Grooms splashed out £452 on their suits, which is a fifth more than in 2018.

How much should you start saving? To find out the average cost of a UK wedding in 2019, read the annual National Wedding Survey.


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