Wedding planning – how much does the average wedding cost?

It’s no big secret that planning a wedding can be very costly.  So how much does the average wedding cost?

When The Wedding Report 2017 compiled by landed in our inbox last week we couldn’t wait to read about the current wedding trends and costs.  The report was produced from the data from data supplied by almost 4,000 recently married couples to gain insights into wedding planning, spending and behaviours across the UK.

When you are planning your wedding you will want it to be unique to you, but our naturally inquisitive nature means that most of us like compare notes with others.  Here’s a small selection of the facts and figures from the report that we thought we would share with you.

uk wedding report 2017

As professional wedding photographers, we were pleased to read that 76% of those questioned indicated that they had booked a full-time professional photographer, with only 6% saying that they were using the free services of a friend to take their wedding photos.  Your wedding day is likely to be one of the most important days of your life. So saddens us when, all too often, we hear from couples who have taken a friend up on the offer of photographing their wedding only to be very disappointed by the resulting set of wedding images.   While the offers are no doubt sincere and obviously will save you money entrusting such a stressful task to an untrained friend can be a risky business.  We also were also pleased to see that almost a quarter of those surveyed hired photographers with a second shooter.  We feel that working as a husband and wife team definitely adds value for couples who book our wedding photography services.  It allows us to capture all angles of their wedding day, for example during the ceremony Stuart will usually at the front of the church/room capturing the vows and the bride and groom’s emotions, leaving Nicola to capture the reactions & emotions of the rest of the guests together with full-length shots of the bride & groom from the back of the room.

The average wedding cost just under £17,000, without taking into account the cost of the honeymoon.  39% of those who took part in the survey said they had gone over their original budget.  The top 4 things that pushed them over budget were food & drink, the number of guests, honeymoon & wedding dress.

When setting a wedding budget it’s a good idea to sit down and discuss your ideas, wishes and plans with your partner and then draw up an agreed list of the most important items to you both.  Set a budget for each of the main items, for example, wedding venue, photography, wedding dress etc and then begin researching for suppliers within your agreed budget. Once you have found and booked you main wedding suppliers you will be able to work how much of your overall wedding budget is remaining for the items that are less importance to you both.

Get in touch if you would like to find out how Bay Images Photography can help with your wedding photography – contact us

Wedding Report 2017


Engagement news – social media sharing

Engagement news

Engagement news what to share

The question has been popped, you’ve said YES what do you do next?

In this era of 24/7 communication the temptation will be to head straight to social media to share your engagement news with your family, friends and indeed the world.

After the initial news post STOP AND CONSIDER  THE FOLLOWING  – it may be worth not over sharing your wedding plans or even sharing them at all on social media.

Couples that do over share run the risk of receiving unsolicited advice, the possibility of hurting the feelings of those friends or family that don’t make the wedding day guest list and even finding that they have self invited guests.

5 Tips for booking your wedding photographer

tips for booking wedding photographer

With some many weddings to choose from where should you begin?  Here’s a few tips we have put together for booking your photographer.

  1. Set a budget – bear in mind your wedding photos will be something to treasure forever.
  2. Book as soon as possible – popular wedding photographers are usually booked a year or more in advance so make sure you book in plenty of time to secure your chosen wedding photographer.
  3. Arrange to see several wedding photographers before you make your choice  – your wedding photographer is likely to be with you all day so it’s important that you feel at ease with them.
  4. Make sure any sample images you are shown were taken by the photographer – also ask to see full weddings not just the highlights.
  5. Check that you chosen photographer is insured – also check that they carry back up equipment.

If you would like any further advice please don’t hesitate to contact us 

Happy New Year – 2016 weddings review

Happy New Year to all the couples and families we have had the pleasure of working with to date and those whose weddings we will be capturing in 2017.

2016 was a fantastic year for Bay Images we captured many weddings at beautiful wedding venues in Kent and across the South East.  We returned to some old favourites such as Marleybrook House, East Quay and the Marine Hotel and added some new ones to our list The Blue Pigeons at Worth & Ye Olde Plough, Bulphan to name a few.

Overall the weather gods were fairly kind to us and we didn’t have any weddings when it rained persistently.  Although we did experience extremely heavy rain and hailstones the size 10 pence pieces for part of a wedding we photographed at the end of June, where the reception was held in a huge teepee.  Mind you as one of the guests commented “It is Glastonbury weekend so what can you expect?!” Nevertheless in between the downpours we did manage to capture all the images we had planned to and the couple had a fantastic day.

2016 saw a huge range of wedding themes, from rustic to movie set glamour. We continued to be amazed by the creativity and personal touches we saw last year with many of our brides choosing to make a lot of their wedding decorations themselves.

2016 was the first full year that we flew our UAV (aerial drone) with Stuart having achieved his CAA licence towards the end of the previous year.  The drone allows us to offer an extra angle to our images and has been very well received.  We are looking forward to continue to use it to over that extra twist at our weddings in 2017.

We worked with and met some amazing people throughout the year and have been truly touched by the kind words we have received from both our couples and their families.  We are looking forward to photographing many more weddings in 2017.

If you would like more information about our wedding photography packages or to check availability please call 07881 588802.

Click on the image below to review some our highlights from 2016.

Sarah & Dan’s Wedding at East Quay Wedding Venue Whitstable

East Quay Wedding Photography

Back in the summer we were delighted to capture Sarah’s & Dan’s  East Quay wedding in Whitstable.  The bridal preparations took place at Sarah’s mum’s where Lydia Rae worked here magic providing flawless make up for the bridal party.

bridal make up Lydia Rae

Sarah & Dan’s very intimate ceremony was conducted by a family friend at All Saints Church, Birchington, after which they made their way in a beautiful VW Camper to one of our favourite local venues, East Quay Venue, Whitstable (or The Lobster Shack as it is also known as).  The venue had been beautifully decorated by Thanetian Events & Jane at Graham Greener.All Saints Birchington wedding

East Quay wedding

East Quay Wedding Whitstable

The day was full of love and laughter which was especially evident during the wedding speeches and the wedding marryoke which BBV Wedding Productions were creating through the day as part of the video package the couple had booked.

The evening’s entertainment was provided by the fantastic jazz-swing band, Hullabaloo and disco by Celebration Sounds

Sarah and Dan have kindly agreed share the story behind their special day and some wedding tips to help others planning their wedding day.

How did you guys meet?
We first met in 2003 when we were both at secondary school, Dan was 15 and I was 13, he was a friend of my brothers and we met at band practice!

How did you get engaged? Is there a cool story?
We got engaged on the 18th June 2013, we had gone on holiday to Tenerife with my brother, his partner and my niece. Me and Dan booked a trip called Teide by Night, the evening started with a three course meal, we then got to watch the sun set over Mount Teide. While we were wrapped up in a blanket, drinking champagne and watching the sunset, Dan got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, this was then followed by star gazing before heading back down the mountain.

What made you choose your wedding venue?
We always knew we wanted a traditional church wedding and Dan had family links with All Saints Church in Birchington and so it felt right to choose that church. We wanted a venue that was relaxed, by the sea and something a bit rustic/quirky that could also fit a large number of guests. We immediately feel in the love with East Quay Venue and did not hesitate in booking our wedding after meeting with Clare and being shown around.

What was the inspiration/theme of your wedding?
We wanted a relaxed atmosphere for the venue, me and Dan had our first date at the beach and due to the location of the venue we chose to following a seaside theme, with beach huts, VW campers and a royal blue colour theme.

What was your first song and why?
Our first song was LOVE by Nat King Cole, we chose this song because the singer was a favourite of my grandparents who had passed away prior to our wedding and therefore it had a lot of meaning to us. The band for our wedding were a jazz band and therefore this also fitted in well as they could sing this for us rather than it being played. We wanted a song that was more upbeat that we could learn a routine to.

Do you have any tips you would like to share with other planning their big day?

  • Make sure you are organised, my mum’s spreadsheets were a life safer for us!
  • Take it one step at and time – try not to take on too much too fast
  • Try and make the day personal to you, for example we asked a family friend to conduct the service and Dan’s uncle played music while we signed the register
  • Try not to get too hung up on the little details
  • Take 5 minutes away on the day to look around at everyone enjoying themselves, everyone says it but the day really does go before you know it!