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Facts, Figures & Trends from The UK Wedding Report 2017

  • By Jackie Fussell
  • 06 Apr, 2017

By Bridebook.co.uk & TWIA

Bridebook.co.uk have analysed data from nearly 4,000 recently married couples to gain insights into wedding planning, spending and behaviours across the UK. The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) is the UK’s leading industry awards and from its survey we bring you the most comprehensive study and report of UK weddings.

Recently married couples who voted in The Wedding Industry Awards 2017 were asked to complete a survey about their wedding. 3,928 respondents completed the 51-question survey (Comprised of 86% Brides, 12% Groom, and 2% One of
Same Sex Married Couple)

I wanted to share some of the results with you:
  • Couples are engaged for an average of 20 months
  • The average wedding size is 77 guests for the wedding breakfast, 83 guests for evening, and 78 guests for the ceremony
  • The most popular wedding season is Summer (49%), followed by Spring (27%) and Autumn (15%)
  • The most popular wedding months are August (18%), July (16%) and September (14%)
  • The least popular months for weddings in January (1%), February (3%) and November (3%)
  • The most popular day of the week for weddings is Saturday (54%) , followed by Friday (17%), Sunday (11%) and Thursday (8%). 26% of weddings take place on a Saturday in Summer
  • The most popular regions in the UK for weddings are South East England (21%), South West England (15%) and North West England (15%)
  • The most popular honeymoon destinations are Europe (23%), UK (14%) and the USA (10%)
  • Venues: Country/Manor House (27%) is the most popular venue type, followed by Place of Worship (16%), Barn (16%), City hotel/Venue (10%), and Garden/Outdoor (5%)

Wedding Costs & Savings for brides and grooms

As costs increase, couples are finding creative ways to reduce weddings costs

·    The average couple hires professionals for only 13 of the 18 categories

·    38% couples report having their wedding cake homemade/from a friend

·    29% couples say they didn’t use printed stationery (eg. menu, invitations)

·    65% couples offer a paid bar (guest paid) versus to 21% open bar (couple paid)

·    71% couples hire lower cost DJs (£513) versus to 44% Live Bands (£1,411)

·    5% brides have vintage/second-hand dresses

·    46% weddings are held on a day other than Saturday

39% of couples spend over budget. Of those who overspend, most go over by 30% or less


Couples who overspend are more likely to do so on Food & Drink (34% of couples), # of Guests (30% couples), Honeymoon (30% of couples) and Bride’s Dress (27% couples)

The average cost of a wedding in The South West is £15,957 (excluding honeymoon)

- The most expensive regions in the UK to get married are London & South East England.

- The least expensive regions to get married are Scotland and East Midlands

I have been lucky to have done the hair and makeup for so many lovely brides over recent years, all whose weddings were so unique to the happy couple!
Big, small, city, country, however you decide to tie the knot - its easy to run away with all the planning and extras - just remember the picture that will be on your wall for years to come is of the happy couple, which I why I honestly believe the most important thing is to ensure on the big day is you both look and feel truly amazing with a great photographer who is going to make you feel comfortable and capture the image perfectly.

Jackie x
Photos by Lee Lou Wedding Photography of the lovely Sham & her husband who married on 5th September 2015
Hair & Makeup by me ( Jackie, Jax-Glam Beauty. )

Thanks to Bridebook & TWIA for the information produced in the report.

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Bridebook.co.uk have analysed data from nearly 4,000 recently married couples to gain insights into wedding planning, spending and behaviours across the UK. The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) is the UK’s leading industry awards and from its survey we bring you the most comprehensive study and report of UK weddings.

Recently married couples who voted in The Wedding Industry Awards 2017 were asked to complete a survey about their wedding. 3,928 respondents completed the 51-question survey (Comprised of 86% Brides, 12% Groom, and 2% One of
Same Sex Married Couple)

I wanted to share some of the results with you:
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I can honestly say I have really enjoyed meeting everyone I have shared their wedding day with, and I really hope my brides enjoyed their day as much as I enjoyed the morning.

After being a regional finalist in 2016, I was delighted to be nominated in 2017 and would like to thank each and every one who voted for me.  However unfortunately I didn't get through this year :-(

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Your wedding day starts as soon as you wake up, so the main thing is for you to have a lovely and special morning, think about;
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  • Who you want to spend it - your mum, dad, bridesmaids, pets, partner? A wedding morning can be quiet emotional so make sure you have people who will be there for you.
  • Logistically will your love ones be staying with you the evening before?  If so - remember to factor in some time during the evening before to socialise or have a pre-wedding pamper party so you all have your nails done ready for the big day.   If not - bear in mind where your wedding party lives or if they have children which may effect what time they can join you on the wedding morning. 
  • How far from the wedding venue are you staying? Research any local events taking place on your wedding date, which may effect traffic on the morning of your wedding. 
  • If you are having a photographer, Will they be able to take photos of both your and your partners wedding preparations easily? Will they be able to be present and capture the look on your parents or friends faces when they see you in your dress, before they have to leave to get to the venue? 
  • Is there parking for your wedding car, wedding party, forest, photographer and hair / makeup artist?
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