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