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UK Wedding Statistics 2017

20th April 2017 |By | 14 Comments

Over half of weddings now feature homemade invitations, stationery and favours, according to the latest findings from over 2,000 brides and grooms-to-be in our latest survey. The UK Wedding Statistics 2017 report covers everything from new social media trends to colours, themes and the average cost of a wedding. Here’s the highlights with some interesting new findings.

2017 wedding report infographic

UK wedding statistics highlights

DIY weddings trend

DIY weddings are not just for arty brides who like crafting. There are now so many easy ways to make your wedding completely personal and unique with craft accessories and online tutorials. It can cut costs, provide a wonderful bonding experience with close friends and family and it’s great fun!

We asked, “What did you do yourself or with help from friends and family?” to which a massive 62% of brides said they made their own favours and 56% told us they made their own invitations and other wedding stationery.

Half of couples (49%) made their own decorations and an impressive 40% made their own wedding cake, showing that DIY weddings are still extremely popular. Only 10% told us they did their own catering while 12% said they did no wedding DIY at all.

Average cost of a wedding

The average cost of a wedding is now £15,000 with almost a quarter of all couples (24%) telling us they spent £10-15k on their wedding day.

Most popular wedding themes

The most popular theme was rustic/ woodland with 16% of weddings following this theme. The next most popular theme was classic/traditional at 13%, showing the ivory gown will never go out of fashion, followed closely by vintage with 11% of couples having vintage style or vintage-inspired weddings.

A surprising 21% said they did not have a wedding theme at all perhaps proving that a unique wedding is what couples want most of all. And 14% said they had an unusual wedding theme, including ‘Disney’, ‘Star Wars’, ‘Dr Who’, ‘Geek’ and ‘Gothic’.

Most popular wedding ceremony locations

61% of couples said they married in UK civil ceremonies, and of those: 20% chose a hotel followed by a further 18% who married in a country house or manor house. Another 13% got married in a barn with just 5% choosing their local register office and 3% saying ‘I do’ in a castle.

A thoroughly modern 10% of couples chose to marry in ‘alternative wedding locations’ including the garden of a relative or friend, local zoo, railway station or iconic building.

A quarter of couples married in a religious ceremony with 26% marrying in a church or other place of worship.  Just 5% of couples surveyed got married abroad.

Stanton Manor Hotel weddding venue | Confetti.co.uk

Stanton Manor Hotel

Most popular colour schemes

We asked respondents to tell us each colour that applied to their colour scheme so many selected a colour and a neutral, such as pink and white.

A very traditional 74% chose white, ivory or champagne for their primary wedding colour while 36% chose pink and a further 34% chose blue. A colourful 20% of couples surveyed chose purple and 20% chose gold, while only 4% chose black for their wedding

Happily ever after ribbon in a range of colours | Confetti.co.uk

Personalised ribbon in a range of colours

Social media wedding trends

A huge 35% of people updated their relationship status within 24 hours of getting engaged with a very keen 11% updating it within the hour! A quarter (24%) took a week to update theirs while 21% didn’t do so at all.

Entertainment

The most popular wedding entertainment with 71% of weddings was a DJ, followed by a live band/ musician at 47% of weddings. A photo booth was hired by 40% while just 13% booked a traditional toast master.

Most people (25%) spent between £200-500 on their wedding entertainment while a further 16% spent £500-750 and another 13% spent £750-1,000. 15% spent over £1,000 on their entertainment bookings.

Wedding industry expert, Kate Thompson said,

“Over half of weddings now feature some homemade element, with an incredible 56% of brides making their own wedding invitations, table planners and thank you cards, and 62% now making their own favours. The trend for homemade weddings is definitely on the rise, perhaps in part thanks to Confetti’s DIY wedding accessories and tutorials.” 

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Editor’s notes

Full report available from PR@confetti.co.uk

Confetti.co.uk is the UK’s largest wedding accessories retailer and the ultimate resource for anyone planning a wedding. Launched in 1999, the brand is a trusted favourite with its unique and distinctive range of wedding products exclusive to the UK online, wedding supplier directory  and free wedding planning tools. Confetti’s 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.

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

14 Replies to “UK Wedding Statistics 2017”

  1. Simon Coulson

    Wow, I clicked your email out of interest. If couples budgets for photography is £500-£1000, thank the lord I don’t live in England anymore, at that price who the hell would be a wedding photographer, not me!

    Reply· Jun 21, 2017 10:33am
    1. Kate Thompson
      Kate Thompson

      Hi Simon, yes I was surprised by that and I do think it has a lot to do with the fact that most of the people who have contributed to the survey were in the earliest stages of their wedding planning and probably still not sure of costs. You do get what you pay for of course, and the photos are the one part of the wedding that will remain for years after so it’s important to make the right choice. Thanks for your feedback, always great to hear from our readers and suppliers. KT

      Jun 21, 2017 10:54am
    2. Kate Ray

      Hi Simon I married last June and my final cost for photographs was £750. I haven’t been able to have an album but we have a usb with all photos on it.

      Jan 6, 2018 10:25am
  2. Wedding Day Dance UK

    Wow, what a fascinating read! Thank you Confetti for putting this together. It’s very interesting to see what’s hot and what’s not. Some results were really surprising.

    Reply· Jun 21, 2017 11:05am
  3. Caroline Winstanley

    Would have been nice to see detail about wedding cars!

    Reply· Jun 24, 2017 1:38pm
  4. Dashiel Thomas

    Hi Kate,

    Thanks for a great article.

    Do you have the data set available for the infographics at all please? We’re researching the possibility of hosting weddings and trying to decide how best to plan our venue.

    Thankyou

    Reply· Aug 9, 2017 5:52pm
  5. Hugo

    Fascinating stats Kate, especially since they go back so many years! Any stats about where are the most popular locations for wedding venues? I am from the Cotswolds, and there are loads around here but is that same everywhere?! #wedmin!

    Reply· Nov 20, 2017 12:40pm
    1. Kate Thompson
      Kate Thompson

      Thanks Hugo. Interesting question and one I can only guess at without looking into stats (if indeed we have those particular stats.) And, yes the Cotswolds is a beautiful part of the country with some gorgeous wedding venues. As London has the highest population it could well be London. We have some of the most popular venues in the UK and abroad, in all sorts of categories in the Venues at: https://directory.confetti.co.uk/wedding-venues/
      Please look out for our next survey results round up, coming soon. Thanks again for taking the time to comment.KT

      Nov 22, 2017 5:14pm
    2. Kate Ray

      Hi Hugo

      I married last July and could not afford a venue so we used a cow shed!

      Jan 6, 2018 10:27am
  6. Al

    Very interesting information if anyone is looking for wedding photography or an album.

    Reply· Jan 28, 2018 11:18am
  7. Darren Lehane

    It would be useful to know what the actual sample size was for this. On average there are about 235,000 marriages in the UK per year, so what percentage of this was the survey conducted on?

    Reply· Feb 23, 2018 12:27pm
    1. Kate Thompson
      Kate Thompson

      It was 2,020 who responded to our survey. Hope that helps.

      Feb 26, 2018 10:22am
  8. sonsoles alfonso

    hi! I am doing some research about weddings and guests. I red the whole report and I think is very useful. Could you please let me know how many wedding approximate were celebrated in the UK across 2017?

    best,
    Sol

    Reply· Mar 3, 2018 10:30am
  9. Phil Carroll

    Hi Kate

    Great article with some very interesting facts. There is no mention of wedding transport and as a supplier with a twist I would be interested in your opinion of general budgets and priority for this sector.

    Reply· May 4, 2018 10:33pm

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