Wedding Report 2015-2016

Written by    Last updated: April 25, 2016

The Wedding Report is our latest in-depth survey findings of over 2,000 UK brides and grooms-to-be about their weddings. It covers everything from new social media trends in weddings to the average age of the bride and groom, and their overall wedding costs. A useful reference for up-to-date wedding industry statistics for news and topical discussion in the media.

Wedding Report infographic 2015-2016 | Confetti.co.uk

Age

More than half of brides (60%) are in their twenties when they marry while only 5% of brides are over 40 when they tie the knot these days.

Most grooms (27%) are also in their twenties when they marry, with almost as many (23%) being in their thirties.

Invitations

In this digital age of new technology we asked whether couples send traditional paper or modern digital invitations and save the dates, or both. Most couples (64%) still send traditional paper invitations with just 10% sending digital versions, via email for instance and 11% said they sent both.

Social Media

Continuing to discover more about how modern couples are using new technology in their wedding planning we asked: How soon after your engagement did you update social media relationship status? Interestingly  19% said they updated their status within the hour with a further 38% saying they updated it within 24 hours and 31% within a week. Just 12% said they didn’t update their relationship status on social media at all.

We also asked: Will you create a hashtag for your wedding? Over a quarter of today’s couples |(27%) said yes while 73% said no.

Wedding Dress

Once again most brides are wearing an ivory strapless A line wedding dress. The majority (41%) of brides are wearing a strapless wedding dress with most (38%) choosing to wear a flattering A-line skirt, followed  by 21% who chose to wear a distinctive fishtail or mermaid line dress. Just 20% of brides opted to wear a classic ballgown while 14% wore a retro 1950s style tea-length dress with underskirts. Only 6% went for a long sheath dress.

And of those, 58% chose to wear an ivory dress while 27% opted to wear white, just 3% went for cream, 2% wore off-white and 2% wore gold. Short and coloured wedding dresses were again nowhere near as popular as the traditional long ivory gown.

Children

We found that over half of couples planning their wedding (64%) do not have children while 20% have children from another relationship and only 15% have children together.

Gender

Almost one in ten (9%) of the couples who answered our survey were in same-sex relationsip with 90% of couples being male and female.

Engagement

Over 80% of couples are engaged for a year or more and 30% are engaged for over 2 years. Only 18% of couples spend fewer than 12 months planning their wedding.

The Confetti Wedding Report gives a fascinating insight into the minds of today’s couples, their relationships and how they plan their weddings.

 Please get in touch for the infographic in high res, further information and statistics, and industry expert comment.

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Editor’s notes – Confetti.co.uk:
 Confetti.co.uk is the UK’s biggest wedding accessories retailer and the ultimate resource for planning a wedding. Launched in 1999, the brand is a trusted favourite amongst brides-to-be and those involved in planning a wedding. Their annual Win Your Wedding competition is the highest valued wedding competition in the UK, offering one lucky couple the chance to have a celebrity-worthy wedding free of charge. The competition is free to enter and open to UK residents over the age of 18 years old.   Marketing & PR | For high resolution images and further information, please contact our PR team: pr@confetti.co.uk

 

 

This article was written by

Kate Thompson
Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.

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One thought on “Wedding Report 2015-2016

  1. Nicola Talbot says:

    We are in the process of renovating a barn in a lovely situation and want to find out average guest numbers. Do you have those stats for 2015? Our planning department are being very restrictive.
    Nicola Talbot
    Falconhurst
    http://www.falconhurst.co.uk

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