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Average Budget Breakdown Spend

For this blog, I decided to do something slightly different and give you a breakdown of the average spend on suppliers for weddings in 2018 rather than advice and tips. It will also give you an idea of what to have on your checklist when you start planning your budget.

In May 2018, bridesmagazine.co.uk published an article that showed the average costs of weddings in the UK.

According to them, the average total cost of a wedding is £30,111. Below, we have given you quick overview of the breakdown.

Average Wedding Budget Breakdown

  • Wedding Venue = £2,790
  • Reception Venue = £3,919
  • Catering = £3,959
  • Photography/Videography = £1,046
  • Flowers = £638
  • Cake = £300
  • Entertainment = £773
  • Wedding Dress = £1,378
  • Shoes = £161
  • Headdress/Veil = £138
  • Stationary = £271
  • Attendants Outfits = £436
  • Mother of the Bride Outfit = £349
  • Grooms Outfit = £439
  • Beauty = £301
  • Engagement Ring = £3,037
  • Wedding Rings = £809
  • Other Wedding Jewellery = £176
  • Honeymoon = £4,413
  • Gift List = £2,400

Total = £30,111


The problem I found with these types of lists on the internet is that they don’t always cover everything you may need. Transport, insurance, hen and stag parties are just a few extras that you need to think about when planning your wedding.

If you have decided to plan your wedding yourself, I recommend using a website such as Bridebook.co.uk to help you determine what you will be spending money on. Even if you don’t use it for much, they can help you with your budget breakdown – making sure you include everything.  Below, I have tried to incorporate all major costs that you will need to think about when creating a checklist for your wedding.

  • Registrar Fees
  • Ceremony Fees
  • Insurance
  • Venue
  • Food/Catering
  • Entertainment
  • Stationary
  • Decorations
  • Bridal Wear (Dress, Shoes, Veil, Jewellery)
  • Beauty (Hair, make-up, perfume, treatments)
  • Groom Attire (Suit, shoes)
  • Bridesmaid/Flower Girl Attire
  • Groomsmen/Page Boys Attire
  • Cake
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Flowers
  • Transport
  • Rings
  • Honeymoon
  • Hen Party
  • Stag Party
  • Gifts (Wedding party, bride/groom)
  • Accommodation


In July 2018, Bridebook.co.uk conducted their National Wedding Survey which had shown that the cost of a wedding had gone up by 12% since last year. According to them, supplier’s costs go up on average by 12% each year. Even budget weddings don’t cost less than £17,000. Venue hire came out as one of the biggest costs, costing an average of £4,500. This was closely followed by the cost of the honeymoon.

With weddings getting more expensive every year, most couples are looking to save wherever possible. With the above list, you will be able to decide on where you want to put most of your budget and which suppliers you are least likely to need or want.

If you are looking for tips on how to save, look for our next blog Saving on your Wedding Budget. Or head to another blog about hidden wedding costs to see what else you may not be thinking about!

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