The biggest annual report of UK wedding trends and spend – hitched.co.uk’s 21st Century Bride – surveyed 4,000 brides, to reveal the top five wedding spends. The single biggest wedding expenditure is venue hire, costing an average of £4,354. The honeymoon is the second biggest outlay for the wedding, an average of £3,630, followed by food at £3,353.
- Average cost of a wedding in 2017 is £27,161- the highest it’s ever been and up to 9.6% from last year.
- British brides are getting married younger- the average age of the bride has dropped from 33 to 31
The study also showed that Londoners spend the most on their wedding with an average cost of £33,884 while couples from the Midlands proved the canniest, spending an average of £25,915 on their wedding.
The average cost of an engagement ring is now £2,084, up 17.6% from three years ago. Londoners shelled out the most on their engagement rings spending £3,133, while couples from Midlands, were the most prudent, spending £1,810 on their engagement rings.
The survey reveals that parents are no longer the sole financial contributors for the big day; 51% pay for it themselves with a little help from family contribution, whilst 32% of couples are funding it themselves.
Sarah Allard, Editor, hitched.co.uk, says:
“It’s clear to see that the venue really is the most important part of a bride’s big day, with couples opting to spend 16% of their total budget on their favoured place to say ‘I do’.
“It seems most couples are paying for their big day with a little family contribution, and inviting more guests to their day and evening celebrations too – both of which could account for an increase in total spend compared to last year. Perhaps less surprising that the average cost of an engagement ring is now the highest it’s ever been with 1 in 3 brides now involved in choosing their ring too!”