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Wedding Costs - How much is enough?

Wedding Costs - How much is Enough?

Industry sources state that the average cost of a wedding in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since it peaked at over £20k in 2008 and is now estimated to be £15,541 (that includes £3k for a honeymoon). The problem with the industry estimates is that it can be off putting to the newly engaged couple but we say it doesn't have to.

You don't have to spend a fortune though to have the wedding you want, many get wed for much less than £10k and we have met couples who did it for £5K! The mere fact of contemplating a wedding with all its unknown and associated costs, can be enough to put the idea on hold. When we started Wedding Whispers in 2005 we knew then, as we do now, that many of you were getting wed for much less with the help of careful planning, family and friends and of course a bit of guidance from Wedding Whispers! So we know that you can have the day you want without breaking the bank.

As couples get savvy with their cash, it is often not always discounts they are looking for, but a bit of guidance, a few tips and hints on what to do, and what is the 'norm' these days? The truth is anything goes these days and we have found that there's no set figure and it's a question of priorities, but as most couples now pay for their own wedding it can be useful to know how the costs can stack up and what you can do about it.

The vast majority of the cost of a wedding is spent on food and drink and the hire of the wedding venue, though not all venues charge room hire. The easiest areas to cut costs are to reduce the number of guests, get married midweek and take advantage of late deals offered by UK wedding venues, or to become a DIY Bride and hire a village or church hall for next to nothing and do it (well most of it) yourself! There are simple areas where savings can be made, and no-one need even notice!

Cover graphic courtesy of John Lewis.

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