It’s the day of your dreams. A celebration of love, before your friends and family. A special day you’ll remember forever.
It’s also the beginning of a new start together: one that’s not helped by money worries, regrets or recriminations.
Finding the right balance is a challenge.
So how much should you spend on your wedding?
According to Bridebook‘s 2018 survey, getting married now costs more than ever.
The average UK couple spends a whopping £30,355. That’s a 12% rise from the previous year.
It’s not all down to extravagance: suppliers, especially of food and drink, have all raised prices during that time. The cost of marquee hire has also increased significantly.
But it’s not just universal inflation that’s impacting on wedding spend. It’s also about the kind of wedding couples are choosing to hold.
Hey, big spender
33 per cent of UK couples say they overspent most on food and drink, with an average total spend of over £5000. Choosing a free bar is a quick way to ramp up the cost – especially if you don’t provide a cap, or are tempted to lift it on the day.
Entertainment also takes up a sizeable chunk of the average high-end wedding budget. String quartets to welcome guests or accompany the ceremony; live music from a professional ceilidh band; top DJs. Whatever you choose, unless it’s an amp and a Spotfiy playlist, they’ll need to be paid for the day.
Your wedding photographer will also come at a price: even more so if you choose a video package too.
And, of course, location matters too. London weddings are by far the most expensive, with venue and supplier prices both inflated by demand.
Spending where it counts
Only you know what’s most important to you.
Some couples really want it to be a riotous party, and to make sure everyone else has a fabulous time. For others, it will be the memories of you cutting your spectacular cake in your beautiful clothes, captured pefectly in a wedding album. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of getting hitched in a particular place. Perhaps all you care about is it feeling special to you.
When it comes to planning your wedding budget, it’s important to remember it’s your day. Most couples get financial support from one or both parents – but that doesn’t give them the right to dictate plans which go against your instinct. Don’t be afraid to stand your ground if you feel things are getting out of hand; call on the support of your bridesmaids and/or groomsmen to intervene if you need to.
If in doubt, spend on the things that will last.
So: how much should you spend on your wedding?
There’s no single answer, of course. Every couple is unique.
What matters is that you both feel in control of your budget, and happy with your decisions.
The easiest way to keep track of your spending is to choose a venue with a wedding package: one that clearly lays out everything that’s included, and gives you the options to add those personal extra touches where you feel they matter most.
At Edgbaston Park Hotel, you’ll find a supportive team, two stunning wedding venues in a leafy corner of Birmingham, and wedding packages guaranteed to start your big day’s budget in a comfortable place. View the wedding brochure now.