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The Ultimate Wedding Budget Breakdown

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Don’t know what you should spend money on for your wedding? Luckily for you, Bridebook is home to the most powerful wedding budget planner available. Simply enter your total wedding funds, give us a few basic details and in one click, you’ll have your very own expert breakdown of your wedding costs.

You’ll know exactly where to spend your money for your special day — and the real fun of planning can begin!

Find out how you should allocate your wedding funds!

Want to get started with ballpark figures? Below you’ll find a complete wedding budget breakdown, based on the average total costs of UK wedding suppliers. The average amount spent by UK couples on their wedding in 2021 actually comes to £24,000. If you want to find out how to stay on budget, take a look at our other articles for some of our top wedding saving tips. We’ve got advice on how to save on entertainment, flowers, invitations and more.

Now, let’s break it down…

The Average Total Cost of a Wedding in 2021= £24,000

Wedding Venue: 

£4,000 – £5,000

Your wedding venue is easily the single most important part of your planning — so it’s no surprise that it’s also most expensive part of your wedding! Choosing your venue really is step one of your wedding planning journey, and it affects every aspect of your big day.

Not sure where to start? Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you! We don’t mean to brag, but we’ve the largest wedding venue directory in the UK.

With our wedding venue search tool, you and your partner can find your dream venue quicker than you can say, “I do!” If you know exactly what you’re looking for, you can kick things off by searching by name, location or style. If you’re just getting started, try using filters such as “barn” or “city” and “budget” or “luxury” to get an idea of what’s out there.

Catering:  

£5,000 (but varies on the number of guests)

As you might expect, the total cost of your catering will be 100% dependent on the number of guests you invite to your wedding. Your guest list will have a big impact on what you’ll spend on your wedding overall too, so we recommend making some rough decisions about the size of your guest list as early as possible in your planning.

Since caterers usually charge by the head, cutting some co-workers or +1s from your guest list might be your first move if you’re looking to save a few hundred pounds on your wedding. Another easy way to cut costs is to go for food trucks, sharing plates or a buffet over a set menu. Not only is this a great option for couples planning a budget wedding, but it’s also ideal for those wanting a more relaxed atmosphere on their big day.

For even more ways to save on your wedding catering, check out our top tips on slashing the price of your wedding breakfast.

Wedding Photography: 

£1,000 

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so it’s important those memories last forever. That makes choosing the right wedding photographer one of your key decisions. After all, you’ll be looking at their photos for years to come!

Not sure where to start? We’ve pulled together some expert tips on choosing your wedding photographer, as well as some key questions to ask before booking them for your big day.

How much you pay will depend on the photographer, the service you want and the package you choose. If you want to cut costs, ordering a digital album instead of a hard copy can save you some serious cash.

Videography

£1,000

You might be asking yourself, “Why do I need a wedding videographer when I already have a photographer?” Well, while a photographer can capture the key moments, we’re betting you’ll want to remember every second of your wedding day — and having a wedding videographer will allow you to do just that.

As with photographers, some videographers cost more than others. If having an absolutely jaw-dropping video is a priority for you, consider cutting back on some of your other suppliers to make room in your budget.

If you don’t know where to find wedding videographers in your area, try using our wedding supplier search and selecting the “Videographer” category. And be sure to check out our top tips on choosing your wedding videography before you book!

Transport:

£400

Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you organise taxis for your entire guest list! But whether you’re thinking of making a low key arrival or planning on flying down the aisle (no, seriously, someone has done it before!), make sure you don’t overlook your own wedding transport.

When making decisions about your transport, a key considering is how far your ceremony is from your accommodation and the reception venue, so maybe don’t choose to make your entrance on a tandem bike if you’re getting married five miles away from your wedding breakfast! And if you’re looking to cut this cost completely, why not ask a friend or relative if you can borrow their super cool car? They’ll be flattered — and you’ll save some ££!

From vintage cars and carriages to tandem bikes and trucks, you’ll find the wedding transport to suit you on Bridebook.

Wedding Flowers:  

£700

How much do wedding flowers cost? Well, that depends on the type of flowers you want at your wedding. In our opinion, your best bet is to go with seasonal flowers. It’s a great aesthetic, can mean big savings, and even bags you some sustainability points! But whatever you do, never, ever underestimate how much flowers can transform your wedding!

If your heart’s still set on elaborate floral decorations but you’re worried about breaking the bank, check out our top wedding flowers penny-saving tips. You’ll be amazed how much you can save your wedding flowers without sacrificing the “wow” factor.

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Decoration & Hire:

£650

Decoration isn’t just about the flowers! Don’t forget that many venues require you to hire all your furniture. This might be from the venue itself, your caterer or a third party — but either way, at it’s an additional cost.

Something that can eat up a big chunk of your budget is marquee hire. If you’re hiring an outdoor venue for a winter wedding (or, let’s face it, probably for summer as well!), you’ll definitely need one. If marquee hire isn’t included, this extra cost will add a few hundred pounds to your budget.

Our top tip? Aim to book an all-inclusive venue which offers a decoration and hire package. That way, you won’t have to worry about extra costs later on!

Wedding Cake:

£500

The wedding cake is one of the best bits of any wedding (at least, we think so!). So, before you decide on your wedding cake, make sure to ask your cake maker these key questions.

There are two main things that will affect the cost of your wedding cake. The first one is the number of tiers you go for. This comes down to how many people you’re trying to feed and what kind of look you want. At the end of the day, more cake means more money… But one sneaky way to cheat the system is to order a cake that uses dummy layers.

The second factor is whether you want a traditional fruit cake or a more modern sponge with fresh fruit. While the former can be made further in advance, the latter will need to be baked the night before or even the day of the wedding, which makes them that bit more expensive.

If you have a baker in the family, why not ask them to bake your wedding cake? They might offer you “mates rates” or even make it for free as their wedding gift to you. Then you can use the money you save to invite a couple more guests… or put it towards your honeymoon!

Entertainment and Music:

£900

With a million-and-one options to choose from, deciding on your wedding entertainment is no easy decision.You’ll want to think carefully clearly about three things. Firstly, what do you and your partner want? Secondly, what will your guests enjoy? And finally, what will fit in with the style of your wedding? Do you see yourself and your partner swaying to a romantic live band? Or is techno not something you’re giving up on your day?

When it comes to pricing, the first question is whether or not you have your heart set on live music. A DJ is almost always cheaper than a live band and can be just as good.

But before you agree to have your third-cousin-twice-removed play his banjo all night, take a look through Bridebook’s fantastic range of entertainment and music suppliers!

Wedding Dress:  

£1,000 – £2,000

There’s a beautiful wedding dress out there for everyone — and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg! Our list of wedding dress saving tips will help you find that dress of your dreams…  even if you’re trying to avoid the ( shockingly large) average dress cost of £1,000!

Not included in this total are your bridesmaids dresses! Whether you’re  taking the hit yourself, splitting the cost or asking your main girls to pay, you can find our favourite places to buy your bridesmaid dresses here. From budget to luxury, your girls will look fabulous no matter the choice!

Shoes:  

£200

Don’t overlook the shoes! You want to look fabulous  *and* comfortable —  and that comes at a price. Some brides will go with simple ballet flats so they can take the dance floor by storm, while others are comfortable in  stiletto heels for all  eight hours of their wedding day.

If you want to save  on shoes, just go with your favourite ones in your wardrobe. I But if that perfect pair  is something you’ve been dreaming of since your engagement, why not step into Jimmy Choo’s wonderful world of weddings shoes here on Bridebook.com?

Wedding Stationery:

£500

You may feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to choosing your wedding stationery. After all, when there’s everything from save-the-dates and invitations to programmes and place cards to consider, it’s not easy to know where to start. Luckily for us, Papeterie Eugenie  (who did George Clooney’s wedding stationery) provided us with their insider knowledge to help make the process a piece of (wedding) cake!  

Do also keep in mind that this figure can vary widely depending on your needs and preferences. While DIY or online invitations (such as those from Paperless Post) can cost next to nothing , bespoke and handcrafted stationery can cost closer to £800 or more.

Grooms and Ushers Attire:  

£800

When it comes to figuring out how much you should spend on each part of your wedding, most couples overlook the groom’s attire. But grooms are going to want to look handsome on their W-Day just as much as brides will, so why not let Bridebook help you decide on the perfect grooms and ushers attire for your wedding day?

Our top tip? Communication. Make sure both your ushers and your bride are comfortable with what you choose to wear. You don’t have to be all “matchy-matchy”, but when your wedding comes together as a whole, the groom will be one of its central pieces… so keep that in mind!

Beauty:

£500

The way a bride envisions her wedding is simple: she looks drop-dead gorgeous next to her prince or princess. And who makes all of this possible? Trick question! All you need to look absolutely stunning is a beautiful, happy smile… But yeah, a little hair and makeup will help too!

With thousands of fantastic hair and makeup artists all over the UK, we can help you find your dream wedding make-up artist and hair stylist on a budget.

Wedding Rings:

£900

As small as they are, your wedding rings might just be the most  significant detail of your wedding. After all, they’re a lasting symbol of your love and commitment, and will  be with you for the rest of your lives.  They’re also an added cost to your overall wedding budget… but definitely one you shouldn’t cut!

Having trouble deciding on which metal and design to go for? We’ve put together a guide to the different types of wedding bands available and their pricing.

Registrar Fees: 

£300

Yes, we know… Organising your registrar isn’t exactly the most exciting part of your wedding, but it is one of the most crucial.  Despite that, they’re an often overlooked expense that can come as a bit of  a shock if you’re not ready for them! Even the royals have to pay their registrar fees, and it’s the one cost on this list where there are no sneaky loopholes or cost-cutting measures.

Favours & Gifts:

£600 – £700

Who doesn’t like wedding favours? It’s a great way of giving  your guests something to remember your special day by.  Here, we’ve kept the number on the lower side (check out our ideas for affordable wedding favours here), but favours can be as big or as small as you like.

And remember, you don’t have to give them at all! A lot of couples wonder whether or not wedding favours are a necessary cost — and honestly, it  depends! For many of your guests, attending your big day will have been enough of a gift. But if you have the money left in your budget, go for it!

We actually get this question a lot on our Instagram page, which you should go follow immediately if you want wedding tips, inspiration and a little bit of Bridebook silliness.

So, that’s how it breaks down for the average couple in 2021. Now it’s time to find out what your personalised budget breakdown will be — and then you can get cracking with your planning!

See your personalised wedding budget breakdown now! 

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