Average UK wedding cost

What does the average UK wedding cost.

Average UK wedding cost.

The average UK wedding cost is as you would expect up in 2019. So if you are planning your dream wedding what is it likely to cost?

Obviously, every wedding is different and we all want something different. 90% of my work is wedding photography and I love the way everybody puts their own unique stamp on their wedding day.

As well as individuals own taste there are some geographical differences around the UK, but not as much as you might think.


So where does all the money go?

wedding costs broken down into categories

The Survey.

Wedding photography average price

In a recent survey of over 4,000 brides, the total average Uk wedding cost around £28,000. As expected London based weddings had the highest average cost of £34,000. Weddings in the Midlands had the UK’s lowest average cost of around £26,000.

The single most significant expense is still the wedding venue hire at an average cost of £4,500. The honeymoon came in second at around £3,750 and the cost of feeding your wedding guests topped £3,250. Interestingly the average amount spent on an engagement ring was £2,000 but in London, it topped £3,000. Wedding photography average price is around £2,800 or about 10% of the wedding budget.

UK wedding costs

It seems the tradition of the parents picking up the tab on all the wedding costs is becoming less these days. More than 50% of the couples surveyed paid the bulk of the wedding cost with help from family. A surprising 33% of the couples paid the full wedding day costs.

These are average UK wedding costs, the ranges of what a wedding could cost are as individual as the couples themselves. Whatever budget you have to remember what the day is for and about. Have fun, make the day your own and celebrate with the people you love.


The wedding day in more detail.

The biggest chunk of this £12,000 is allocated to the venue.

  • Direct Venue Cost – £4,500 (16%)
  • Food – £3,250 (12%)
  • Decoration – £1,100 (4%)
  • Entertainment – £900 (3%)
  • Transport – £700 (3%)
  • Wedding favours and gifts – £650 (3%)
  • Stationary – £500 (2%)
  • Registrar fees £300 (1%)

A breakdown of what you wear.

Unsurprisingly the biggest cost of the wedding wardrobe is the wedding dress. Although I was recently the wedding photographer at a wedding where the bride had spent a whopping £3,000 on a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. They were incredible and it demonstrated that these figures are very general and may not reflect everybody’s priorities.

  • Wedding dress – £1,500 (5%)
  • Rings – £900 (3%)
  • Groom and ushers attire – £800 (3%)
  • Hair and makeup – £500 (2%)
  • Brides shoes – £200 (1%)

Wedding Suppliers Costs.

  • Wedding photography – £2,800 (10%)
  • Wedding flowers – £1,300 (5%)
  • Wedding videography – £1,100 (4%)
  • Wedding cake – £650 (2%)

I am often told that wedding photography should be 15% of the wedding budget and from my point of view I can live with that but again these are very general numbers and once you turn a lot of data into averages it can sometimes give odd results.

Full Breakdown.

Percentage and cost breakdown.

Again this is a guide and no two weddings are the same. Only you can decide what elements of your wedding are important to you and where to focus your budget.

wedding cost chart
  • 16% – Venue (£4,500).
  • 13% – Honeymoon (£3,750).
  • 12% – Food (£3,250).
  • 10% – Photography (£2,800).
  • 5% – Wedding Dress  (£1,500).
  • 5% – Flowers (£1,300).
  • 4% – Decoration (£1,100).
  • 4% – Videography (£1,100).
  • 3% – Rings (£900).
  • 3% – Entertainment (£900).
  • 3% – Groom & ushers attire (£800).
  • 3% – Transport (£700).
  • 2% – Wedding cake (£650).
  • 2% – Wedding favours and gifts (£650).
  • 2% – Stationary (£500).
  • 2% – Hair and makeup (£500).
  • 1% – Registrar fees (£300).
  • 1% – wedding shoes (£200).
  • 9% – Miscellaneous (£2,600).

So, what do you think?

I’d love to get some feedback from people out there. Does this represent your wedding? If not the figures how about the percentages? did they get it right?

Comment below and I’ll add notes to this with your comments.


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6 thoughts on “What does the average UK wedding cost.”

  1. Wondering how much the average wedding costs in the UK? We’ve got the answer (and a few ways to lower that number).

    If you’ve started crunching the numbers, you already know weddings are anything but inexpensive. In fact, the average UK wedding costs roughly £15,000 according to our Global Wedding Report – which is probably more than a few months rent for you. This shouldn’t be too surprising considering how many people you’re hiring and all the bells and whistles you need to buy to put together a truly epic celebration. If you’re looking to keep wedding costs down – which let’s be honest, who isn’t? – we’ve done the math and figured out what exactly UK couples are putting their funds toward and how you can cut back.

    Here are a few tips for keeping costs down at your UK wedding.
    Keep your guest list short and sweet
    While you may be tempted to invite every friend, family member and social media follower you have to your wedding, that’s not the way to go if you’re looking to keep your spending down. The average UK wedding cost is based on 104 guests, so shoot for a headcount below that. This means you’ll be able to book a smaller venue, spend less on food and favours and slash price tags in just about every other area of wedding planning.

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    Go with a less popular wedding date
    We surveyed real UK couples and found that most tie the knot in September (21%, to be specific). Because it’s so popular, wedding suppliers can be difficult to book and may even inflate their prices. If you’re looking to shave a few pounds off your final bill, think about choosing another wedding date, less hectic month in spring or autumn, when the weather is still amazing.

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    Be careful with boozy beverages
    95% of UK couples served alcohol at their wedding – while the majority have a pay bar, the champagne toast can get pretty pricey. You can cut wedding costs further by serving a less expensive prosecco and skipping a signature cocktail. Dry weddings may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you can take yours to the next level by putting together an alternative bar, like a coffee bar with all the fixings or mocktail station.

    Put the majority of your budget into your top priorities
    Everybody has their own wedding priorities. If you’re curious about what UK couples care most about, it’s their wedding photography, the dress and hair. If you share those sentiments, focus on putting your budget into those things and try your best to keep wedding costs down in other areas (like your favours and catering). Cheap wedding decorations and choosing a backyard wedding venue are also surefire ways to make sure you’re not putting too much cash into your big day. P.S. we have a budget planner tool that can help you manage your funds for every part of wedding planning.

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    Be smart when it comes to honeymoon planning
    78% of the real couples we polled (both in and out of the UK) choose to go on honeymoons. If you want to save a bit of cash do a minimoon, staycation honeymoon or simply wait a little while between your wedding and your honeymoon so you can earn a bit of cash before heading out on holiday. That way you’ll be able to spoil yourselves dream honeymoon destination and not have to settle for anything less than fabulous.

  2. AVERAGE UK WEDDING COST REACHES ALL-TIME HIGH

    The average wedding in the UK now costs £30,355, a new survey has revealed.

    According to Bridebook.co.uk’s National Wedding Survey 2018, the cost of getting hitched has hit an all-time high, up by £3,365 – or 12 per cent – from £26,989 the previous year.

    This isn’t necessarily because Brits are being more elaborate, though – the survey reveals that supplier costs have increased by an average of 12 per cent every year.

    These are the most overdone wedding trends of 2018
    Of course, there are ways to cut costs, but even when a wedding doesn’t include every type of supplier (such as videographers and entertainment), the average spend on UK weddings is still £17,913 per couple.

    The wedding features that have increased in price the most over the past year, however, are marquee hire (24 per cent), food and drink (23 per cent) and venue dressing (22 per cent).

    In fact, 33 per cent of brides and grooms say they overspend the most on food and drink, spending an average of £5,862. And the cake alone costs couples an average of £323.

    What’s more, 28 per cent of couples have an open bar (which is up from 21 per cent last year).

    When it comes to location, London is – perhaps unsurprisingly – the most expensive place in the UK to tie the knot, where the average wedding spend is £31,837. In second place comes Scotland, at £19,791.

    In contrast, Northern Ireland is the cheapest place to get married, with couples there spending £12,783 on average.

    As far as trends go, personalisation and sustainability are increasingly playing important roles for couples planning their big day.

    In fact, 39 per cent of couples consider the environmental impact on their wedding and 52 per cent opt for DIY decorations. And 16 per cent of brides choose a wedding dress they hope to wear again.

    When it comes to wedding traditions, modern couples are holding on to some while discarding others – while 56 per cent of people ask their loved one’s father’s permission before proposing, just 27 per cent of couples get married in a religious building.

    Meet the woman who planned a £220,000 marriage proposal
    A fifth of brides and grooms have no qualms with seeing each other the morning of the wedding, 23 per cent of brides make a speech and 82 per cent don’t use a traditional gift list, preferring to request honeymoon contributions or donations to charity.

    Nearly all (94 per cent) of couples both wear rings, but 80 per cent of people take their partner’s name.

    And the parents of the bride still cover more costs of the wedding – 62 per cent of couples tying the knot receive a contribution from the bride’s parents, compared to just 45 per cent from the groom’s.

    In some ways, however, today’s couples are bringing weddings into the present, with 25 per cent of couples having a wedding website and 24 per cent having a hashtag for the day. On the other hand, 13 per cent of couples ban social media at their wedding and 30 per cent ask guests to refrain from posting photos on social media on their wedding day.

    Hamish Shephard, Founder of Bridebook, said: “From the provenance of their menu to the sustainability of their fashion, to the personalisation of every detail, the millennial couple care more about every little detail of their wedding than any previous generation.

    “The hyper-personal wedding has arrived. The influence of inspirational social media is resulting in suppliers diversifying their offering in a bid to attract millennials. Personalisation and sustainability are becoming increasingly important, as couples look to do things their own way to reflect themselves as a couple.

    “Whether you want multi-coloured alpacas roaming with your guests or an animatronic velociraptor to join you on the dancefloor, the incredible diversity of wedding suppliers ensures that however wild your wedding dreams are, everything can now be made a reality.”

  3. you dont reasize what is involved until you start planning your own wedding. really helpful stuff and i think the figures are in the ball park

    1. I hear that all the time and also the time will pass so quickly, you’ll go from having 18 months to OMG it’s in two weeks!!!!!!

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