A survey performed by hitched.co.uk in 2017, across 4,000 brides showed that the average cost of a UK wedding is £27,161, but what exactly does that include? Understanding what a wedding really entails in order to determine the basic costs prior to the actual planning of a wedding is important to ensure that you are completely prepared to host the wedding of your dreams, within the budget you have set out. If you’re in the process of planning your wedding and you are hit with a financial emergency that your budget can’t quite cover, then you may want to consider applying for a payday loan, but when it comes to your wedding, it is important that you have your budget set in stone. Here, we’re taking a closer look at how much it really costs to get married.
The Basic Fees
There are a number of basic fees to consider when getting married which you will need to pay in order for the wedding to be truly legitimate. To be legally married, the costs sit at approximately £120, and this will cover a brief registry office service booked for a weekday and the notice of marriage. This accumulates the very basics when it comes to getting married, and if you’re looking to wed somewhere away from a registry office, or you want to book your wedding for a weekend so more guests can attend, you can be certain that the basic fees will be a lot higher than this.
According to the bridal magazine You & Your Wedding, a bride will spend £1,098 on average on their wedding dress, but there are many different options out there to make the wedding dress cheaper or more expensive, depending on preference. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, then there are plenty of second-hand wedding dress stores on the market in which you can find your perfect dress, at half the price. Alternatively, turn to Oxfam’s bridal departments, or even find one for free on one of the many clothes recycling websites on the internet. If you really want to personalise your dress, or you have an idea in mind that you simply cannot recreate under a budget, then you may want to consider finding the right fabric and hiring a seamstress to make your dress from scratch.
The very best venues across the UK are often booked up for summery Saturdays, and this is what helps these venues to push their prices up higher during the peak wedding months. If you’re looking to beat this hike in prices, then you may want to consider an off-peak date, choose to get married on a Sunday, or turn to a winter wedding. Alternatively, you may want to choose a local community centre or hall, or maybe even have a garden party for your wedding reception. If you’re looking to get married in a church however, then the prices are likely to be much higher. There is a required fee for marrying in a church set by the Church of England. In 2018, this is set at £474 if you marry in your home parish, or £517 if you choose to marry away from where you live. This will include the cost of the vicar’s time, hiring the church itself, calling your banns, the banns certificate, the marriage certificate, lighting and all administration costs included. There will be a number of optional extras which can also be included, depending on budget, such as the support of a verger, additional heating, church flowers, organist, choir or bell ringers, extra copies of the marriage certificate, and even a professional performing rights fee if you are having your wedding filmed and any musicians at the wedding requests this.
Food & Drink
Food and drink is often one of the most expensive parts of a wedding, with research by VoucherCodes.co.uk showing that couples will spend approximately £1449 on wedding food and drink. There are a number of ways to cut the costs of food and drink at a wedding, such as buying food from a local restaurant, or even cooking it yourself. You may even want to consider asking your guests to bring food along to the wedding reception if you so choose.
There are a number of other costs that you will need to consider when it comes to your wedding, and the costs listed above are only the very basics. Thinking about invites, table décor, photographers, flower arrangements, bridesmaid dresses, the groom’s suit and all other little additions can quickly add up when arranging a wedding. All of the points listed above do not cover the transport or even the honeymoon, either!
Making sure to budget proficiently and plan out all costs in advance can truly help to ensure that your wedding stays within budget. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have the wedding of your dreams, as long as you plan in advance and are prepared to be frugal on some of the smaller areas of your wedding.