Did you know that the Christmas and new Year period is the most popular time to get engaged? A survey from Festive Lights saw that 33% of couples got engaged at the most magical time of year.

Congratulations to you and your significant other if you were one of those special couples. Now that a new year has begun it’s time to get your thinking caps on and plan. It doesn’t matter whether you have an 8 month engagement or 28 month engagement the key is to plan your wedding like a boss

Before getting carried away on Pintrest and Instagram, you and your beloved need to set a budget.Knowing how much you can afford to spend is critical in planning and executing it. The average UK wedding costs an eye-watering £25000, and if you can afford to splash out on the biggest party of your life then go for it.

I have compiled a list of the big day and an average of how much each part of your wedding will cost.

This is an estimate and plenty of couples, depending on their lifestyle, guests and theme can change the pricing.. Planning your wedding like a boss can keep people focused, happy and you’ll be feeling content and still giddy with excitement.
You can cut costs by reading 20 ways to save on your wedding.

  • Google Drive is your friend and creating a separate email folder to keep contacts and correspondence in one place is wise and will keep you organised.
  • Declaration of marriage: £70
    For most marriages or civil partnerships you must give at least 28 full days’ notice at your local register office.
  • You need to include details of where you intend to get married or form a civil partnership.
  • You will be asked questions together and separately to prove that your marriage is legal and true.
  • Your notice will be publicly displayed in the register office for 28 days.
  • You may also need to give notice here if you plan to marry or form a civil partnership abroad.

Venue : £6000

Whether it’s a beautiful barn or homely hotel, the majority of your budget is going on the venue. If you opt for a hotel; catering, accommodation and even entertainment can be included in your package.
At this stage it is very important to think about your guests, do any of them have disabilities or are there elderly relatives attending? Things like ramps, handrails, disabled bathrooms and hearing loops should be part of your venue considerations.

Ceremony Fees: £500

It doesn’t matter if you are throwing the most extravagant wedding of your dreams or having a registry office affair ceremony costs in the UK is an expensive you have to pay in order for it to be legal.

wedding bands: £400

Going to any jewellers and requesting a wedding band for you and your other half can be pricey and that’s without having personalised bands.


The Dress : £1500

Wedding dress shopping, especially in boutique stores can easily set you back £1000, just don’t forget to factor in the seamstress and any adjustments that will need to be made.

Shoes : £150

If you are wanting that perfect pair of heels to match your dress in a boutique shop be prepared for prices to start at £150.

Accessories : £150

You can go as glitzy or as sophisticated as you choose, and jewellery should always compliment the dress, not take away from it. Places such as Debenhams and Pandora do beautiful jewellery that can also be classed as your something new.

Bridesmaids : £350

The average wedding party will have 3 bridesmaids, as long as you are shopping savvy, high street stores such as ASOS and TopShop do beautful bridesmaid dresses for under £100 and you can spend the rest on accessorising your lovely ladies.

Grooms Wear : £600

Hiring suits in places such as Moss Bros can suit and boot the Groom and his men in matching attire for a reduced cost, hiring 4 suits and getting 1 free can go a long way to saving you than buying individually.

Hair and Makeup : £300

It’s the one day where you should feel pampered head to toe and getting your hair and make up done with your bridesmaids can be a great way for you to sit back and relax the morning of your big day.

Photographer : £1200

This will get you a good photographer and hopefully lots of extra bits included. This is the average cost for hiring a photographer for a full day.
Each photographer and client can discuss individual wants and requirements for the day.


Videographer: £1500

The photos and videos of your special day is all you’ll physically have after the day is over. Splashing out on a videographer for the day can be a worthwhile investment as it’s something you can treasure and keep forever.

Reception Décor : £250

If you are thrifty and love a bit of DIY you wouldn’t need to spend as much. But for those of you who are not DIY savvy or just don’t want the stress, decorating with fairy lights or candles can give your guests a perfect ambiance as well as those special touches.

Flowers : £500

Going to local florists, and recommended suppliers through your venue can see you having a beautiful bouquet, and smaller ones for your bridesmaids and grooms party too.

Stationery : £300

There are so many gorgeous stationary options, going online and buying from the same company can reduce your costs than buying invitations, orders or service and thank you cards separately.

Transport: £400

If you want to travel in style to your wedding, and making sure the cars can fit your entire wedding party then hiring those stretch limos could be the prefect option for you.

Cake : £500

A wedding cake is not a cheap purchase but it is something you can personalise to suit you both as a couple. A decent baker can create you a masterpiece that will also fill your guests sweet cravings.

Entertainment : £800

Music is what makes your wedding and whether it’s a band or DJ you are looking for to keep your guests on your feet all night, £800 is a healthy budget to have.

Favours: £150

Depending on the amount of guests you are having at your wedding you can opt for something personalised to give your guests that you and your other half can create or splash the cash on a piece that they can cherish.

Thank You Gifts : £150

If you have a supportive network of family and friends the thank you gifts may add up, however if you are wanting to keep it to only your wedding party you could buy them something individual that they can keep.

Honeymoon : £2000

A big holiday to relax after the chaos is over, and a way of you and your Husband/Wife to spend quality time together.

You can always ask your loved ones to contribute to your honeymoon fund, but it’s always best to save an amount you are both happy with just encase.

Your wedding budget should follow this formula:

  • 48 to 50 percent of total budget to reception;
  • 8 to 10 percent for flowers; 8 to 10 percent for attire;
  • 8 to 10 percent for entertainment/music;
  • 10 to 12 percent for photo/video;
  • 2 to 3 percent for invites;
  • 2 to 3 percent for gifts; and 8 percent for miscellaneous items like a wedding coordinator.
  • It’s essential to allocate an extra 5 to 10 percent of your money for surprise expenses like printing extra invites because of mistakes, additional tailoring needs, umbrellas for a rainy day and ribbons for the wedding programs.

***Are you engaged? Have you started wedding planning yet? Have you got any more tips or costs I can add to this list?

*Information by festive lights and ride mag

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