What is the Average Cost for a Wedding?

Although every wedding is different, and therefore the prices vary considerably, it is helpful to have an idea of some average wedding costs when planning your dream day.

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So onto the topic at hand…….average costs. With the recent pandemic, it is hard to gauge the costs from 2020 and so we will be considering the average costs from the previous year. You could always add 3% onto the costs to accommodate for inflation.

Total Average Spend

This is of course the primary number that you will want to know first. Hitched and their sister magazine You and Your Wedding carried a survey on 2800 couples, with the average wedding cost coming in at £31,974. Money Saving Expert say that ‘experts estimate the average weddings costs' anywhere from £18,000 to £32,000’. NimbleFins also record in their blog that the average wedding costs £30,000. They also state in their FAQ that a wedding can cost anywhere from a few hundred pounds to £100,000 or more.

The reality is we all have to live within our means and every couple needs to decide what they can afford to spend on their day. Some are happy to save up for a couple of years and then start to book everything up and work within the budget they have whilst knowing that they can stretch a little more if need be, whilst others would rather get married as soon as possible and work with the disposable cash they have available. The choice is completely yours and you can work well below or well above the average UK wedding costs.

A Few things to think about….

A Little Help From My Friends

For the traditionalists, your budget may be set by the bride's parents who are paying for the wedding. Even the more contemporary couples often have support from family and loved ones. So for example, if your parents have said that they will buy the suits and bridal dresses, and perhaps your grandparents say they want to pay for the flowers or the photographer, you can now spread your budget across the remaining suppliers, which means you can spend a little more on those certain luxuries that you really want - although I would suggest you find out what budget the family are working from so that you can decide whether you want/need to add some of your budget to theirs so that you can get what you truly want.


It is not just about living within your means that you have to consider. It is also about your priorities. Some people are set on getting married on a particular date such as New Year's Eve which comes at a cost. Others prioritise the number of guests as they want to spend the day with as many people as possible, which can either mean that your wedding is going to cost a bomb, or that it is going to be on a much lower budget because you are not going have a sit-down 3-course meal.

Have you already got your dream dress in mind, does a honeymoon have to come within the budget and is the cost of the engagement ring coming out of the overall budget as well? Maybe ladies you have your heart set on arriving in a horse and carriage, or you both might want to leave in a classic car. The size of the bridal party will have an impact on the cost (especially if you want them in matching outfits). If a large bridal party in matching outfits is one of your priorities then you will have to accommodate that one way or another. Some on a tighter budget may decide that the bridesmaids are the priority along with