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Top 5 Wedding Costs


I thought I'd follow up on my last post and highlight some of the biggest costs of getting married! Tying the knot is an expensive business and I imagine the top 5 expenses won't come as too much of a surprise.


Where exactly is your hard-earned cash going? Hitched crunched the numbers to find your top five spends. While the order hasn’t changed since 2018, how much you’re spending has, with couples prioritising their dough for the perfect venue and a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon.


Wedding Venue: Your first wedding planning task is to find your venue and it’ll be the biggest spend. This year you dropped £5,406 on that dream venue, a small but significant 3% more than in 2018.


The Honeymoon: Three quarters of you planned to go on a honeymoon and were willing to pay £4,645 for an unforgettable, bucket-list trip. Considering the popularity of honeymoon gift lists too, this is one holiday that means a lot to you.


Food: Whether it’s a three-course sit-down meal, buffet, hog roast or something unique, you generous lot made food a priority. You spent £3,887 on food for your wedding, and that’s not including the £292 on the cake!


The Engagement Ring: While you put down £238 less for an engagement ring this year, a gorgeous piece of bling was still your fourth biggest wedding spend. At £2,419, it’s undoubtedly one of the most precious pieces of jewellery you own.


Drink: From open bars to topping up the wine on the tables, alcohol, soft drinks and bubbles for your toast came in at £1,587. Savvy shoppers snapping up supermarket wine and Prosecco deals seems to saved you a little extra cash compared to 2018.


Well, the good news is that Wedding Photography isn't anywhere near the top of the list, with the UK average being around £1,150 - and a lot more in the South East. At least something remains good value for money!

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