How Much Does a Wedding Cost?

How Much Does a Wedding Cost?

Weddings are expensive, fact. Apart from a house deposit, your big day is likely to be the most expensive thing you ever pay for.

How much should you start saving? To find out the average cost of a UK wedding in 2019, we turned to Hitched’s annual National Wedding Survey.

It revealed some very interesting trends, including a slight drop in cost from 2018 (phew!). So what are we spending less on, and what made up the shortfall? From stage and hen parties to your venue, engagement party and even the bridesmaids’ gifts, Hitched has laid bare what you spend.

The average total cost of a wedding in 2019 was £31,974, which is actually £299 less than 2018. 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.

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
Chris Herbert