The second biggest question…

Written by Becks

The second biggest question (after the all important proposal) is ‘How much will our wedding cost?’ Defining your wedding budget will help determine your plans for your special day as well as creating the opportunity for lots of creative thinking and problem solving.

Taken from research provided by, the average cost of a wedding in the UK is currently around £27,000 (excluding honeymoon), with the biggest portion being spent on venue hire, followed by catering and then bridal attire…

You can plan a beautiful wedding on a shoe string, create the most charming and romantic handmade wedding full of your individual personal touches or pull out all the stops for your special day (as well as somewhere else in-between).

Whatever your budget you can create your wonderful day your way…

It is important to sit down together with your fiancé to decide on the type of day you would both love, in order to discover your:

  • absolute “must haves”…
  • and “it would be nice to have”…

to help identify potential areas you would be comfortable and happy to compromise within and come up with an alternative best solution for the day you are creating. 

Try building a picture of your day – (see Exploring your theme blog post for a great starting point) imagining what it will be like and literally how it will fill your senses. Cross off any initial ideas that don’t fit your theme or don’t capture those feelings. 

Set yourself a target by allocating a realistic portion of your budget to each category:

  • Bridal Attire (the dress, shoes, accessories, hair, makeup…)
  • Groom Attire
  • Wedding Rings
  • Bridal Party Attire & Accessories (bridesmaids / ushers / best man…)
  • Venue
  • Registrar / Legalities / Insurance
  • Wedding Stationery (invitations / information cards / menu / signs / table stationery / guest book)
  • Photographer / Videographer
  • Food & Drink
  • Wedding Transport
  • Flowers (bouquet / button holes / posies / table centre pieces / arrangements)
  • Wedding Cake
  • Entertainment
  • Decorations
  • Honeymoon

Enlist the help of professionals, friends and family who will help you to bring your ideas into reality.

Initial fees

Marriage Notice (£35 each)

Marriage Certificate (£4)

Pre-marriage Course (approx £60)

Deposits to secure your dream team of suppliers


The cost and package are individual to each venue, offering differing services. Some are a blank canvas ready for you to add your own details from set up through to finishing touches, whilst others provide catering, a licensed bar, table and chair hire, (even flowers too) through to having their own dedicated wedding co-ordinator.

You could have your entire day at one location or have separate venues for your ceremony and wedding receptions.

Note down what is included within the package and what else you will need.

Additional fees to take into account:

  • Registrar Fees to attend (£86) or conduct your ceremony (from £325 – 547 depending on location / venue)
  • Marquee hire (from £1000)
  • Temporary events notice for a bar if selling drinks (approx £21, available from local council)
  • Corkage fee (from £10 per bottle)
  • Table hire (from £8.50)
  • Chair hire (from £3.50)
  • Table cloth hire (from £9.50)
  • Serviettes
  • Crockery and cutlery hire
  • Glass hire

Top Tip: Check out your local supermarkets to see if they offer a hire service for champagne flutes etc…

(prices approximate, correct as of mid 2017, Dorset UK)


…with lots of creative thinking and know-how you can begin to set the scene of your day, working within your budget. If there are areas of your wedding planning you are struggling with – drop me an email to chat about what you need…

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