I'm recently engaged and me and H2B are organising our wedding budget so I was just wondering what the "norm" is? How much does a wedding cost with everything taken into account? How much roughly is everyone else paying please, just so I can have some guideline?
Kellie Cardwell - Im getting martied in mexico next oct and not including the holiday the wedding will be around £2500 .seems the best way to do it money wise.but all just depends what your wanting xx
Jody Jarvis - Basically just have endless pots of money to throw at suppliers ? I wish I could tell you to pick a number and stick to it but it's so hard, it's all the little things you don't think about that add extra money on! Favours, confetti, umbrella, feeding your photographer, gifts.. good luck ?
Courtney Cracknell - Everyone will be totally dofferent depending on what they want. We didn't have a budget we went for things we wanted and saved the wedding was £15,000 and we went all out on our honeymoon which was £10,000. I made alot of stuff for our wedding as it kept me occupied and excited the closer the day got. Enjoy planning your day it goes so quickly xx
Kayleigh Rudland - Ours started at lower than 10000 but currently spreadsheet says it's nearer to £12800. But I haven't put all the little bits in there. We started planning 2 years in advance and we buy all the little bits as and when we see them to spread the cost out.
Zoe Davis - This is an unanswerable question really. Don't be scared when people say you need 20k for a wedding because you absolutely don't. Our wedding cost around 6k and people said it was one of the nicest weddings they'd been to. We didn't have our reception in a social club either before you think it - it was in a beautiful old barn conversion on a local working farm. I did all the table decorations myself, got our invites printed and then jazzed them up myself, got nearly everything from ebay for decor, got my dress from a designer outlet for a fraction of its original price and hired suits. It really is an unknown quantity until you decide what you want. One thing I will say is that my hubby and I didn't want to start married life in a load of debt just to put on a show for everyone else. Just keep in mind the end goal, you're marrying the man you love - it doesn't have to cost the earth. Happy planning!x
Emma Louise Francis - It's all the little bits you don't really think about at the start that add up as you go along - ours came in at £20,000.
A full day wedding with 80 day guests and a further 45 in the evening (uk location).
It's worth spending decent money on your photographer, they will be the memories you can look back on forever ?
Louise Connah - I'm getting married tomorrow, and not including dress I have spent about £1000, which includes venue, dress alterations, decorations, Tiara, flowers and just other random bits. Family have sorted the cake and photographer and my mum gave me £500 to put towards wedding do I've actually only spent £500! We just want to get married, and have a nice day and evening with friends and family. It would of taken a long time to save and do it properly, and we just don't have the money. We would rather save the money to buy a bigger house and take our baby daughter on days outs and holidays. You do it however you want ? x
Alice Langford - I never gave myself a budget actually... I wrote down everything I knew I would need to get or do first. I then joined various wedding groups, bought abd read magazines and articles and hours upon hours of wedding television. I wrote down any ideas that I liked from those (maybe things I hadn't heard of or thought about). When I was happy with my list, I tried to find the most reasonable prices I could for each thing, and kept my spending as low as possible... some things will be out of your control, but most things will be... I think ours, if I had to value it, about £6000, and it was in a beautiful church and restaurant.... but there is no right or wrong answer... you spend what you feel happy spending on items :)
Michelle Musson - I'd say 20k if you want a full day wedding. But depending on venue and guest numbers anything from 10k to 30k you can cut costs by doing invites yourself x
Mary O'Connor - Completely up to you and your fiancé. You need to decide on what kind of wedding you want. Me and my fiancé initially wanted all the bells and whistles but after 6 yrs together and a few bits of heartbreak we are now just doing a simple day with a handful of friends and family. We have been through alot and i just want to be his wife now
Deb Watkin - We started saying 5,000 and it's now gone up to 9,000. We had an excel spreadsheet and made a list of all of the things we wanted then an approx figure next to the list. It completely depends on your situation as I know people that have done it for 5,000 and some that have gone up to 30,000. X
Natalie Saleh - Whatever your budget is double it ?? Ours is currently around £23k without honeymoon. It soon adds up but all depends on what type of wedding you want. I figured we will only do it once so we are having what we want and have saved for 2 years for it x
Chris Fitch Bonney - It costs however mch you want to pay. The best weddings don't leave you in debt for years. Somewhere will accomodate your budget. Always ask will my guests notice if there isnt a sweet cart... Why do we need a photo booth etc. Vendors will take as much money as you let them, sane for venues... Do your guests need arrival champagñe or is prosecco or a perry sufficient...
Helen Elizabeth-Anne Mulqueen - Our budget was £10,000 but stretched to £21,000 I didn't even get everything I had wanted.. (spoilt but they say, you only get married once) you really need to plan on what you want & take time. I have a friend who did hers under £6,000 and was just as nice! If you want cheaper go abroad there are locations like turkey or Greece that specialise in wedding. Just depends on guests if they would travel?
Robyn Graham - Does depend how much you have, what you want to spend and how extravagant you want to go. We got married 2 years ago and probably paid in total about £3500 (not including honeymoon and this also includes things gifted to us, e.g. sis-in-law paid for our cake as our wedding present etc). This was a church wedding (100+ guests with room for more), 12.30pm on a Saturday, then sit down meal (only about 30 guests for 3 course meal, and was cooked, served and partly provided by friends). Then reception at local hotel for 180 guests, including bacon rolls. We didn't go for extra 'frills', as it's just not something we wanted. My dress was only £120, hubby wore his own kilt, as did best man, and only rented waistcoat & jacket, only had 1 bridesmaid and got amazingly cheap dress!
Nicola Pengilly Stb Hawkesby - We are getting married next month and in total ours will be costing around £2000. We are getting married at our local registry office which is a stately home set in beautiful grounds. That's cost us over £500. I got my wedding dress from wed2b at £579, they have some amazing dresses and accessories and are so reasonably priced. My seamstress did all alterations for £80. I found a brilliant hairstylist for only £80 on my wedding day for me and my daughter. We are having a fish and chip van at around £450. Our venue is only costing us £175 for the afternoon/evening. And our disco is £160. We are providing our own afternoon tea buffet for our ceremony guests. I brought our children their dress/suits from eBay. All our decorations and sweet table jars, tongs, mini popcorn boxes, mini colour coordinating cones and lidded sweet cups all came from eBay. I am a real bargain hunter and shopped around to get everything as cheap as possible. You can do it as cheap or expensive as you wish. I would recommend shopping around to find the best deals x
Ang Watts - It depends on what kind of wedding you want. Work out what you can afford first or if it's a particular venue you want then get a price. We're getting married next year for £5500 all in (our honeymoon is another £5000) x
Jayney Royle - We initially had an £8000 budget but really it was about double that (when you factor in things that my parents and inlaws helped to pay for e.g. Transport, cake etc) we had a small wedding and we tried to keep the costs down as much as possible but we wanted it to be special too xx
Emma Louise Bloor - It's wot Eva u both want we got married last Saturday n it was everything we both wanted we had church wedding horse n carage wedding breakfast in marquee at bass for 60 n then 150 at nite we spent 10000 but we had a lot of help with our parents to so it would of been a lot more .xx
Kirsti Roberts - It all depends on the type of wedding you want, the venue etc. We had our hearts set on a beautiful hotel which put the price of ours up. You can make decent savings if you shop around with suppliers and do some things yourself. It is very easy to go over budget xxx
Paula Dennis - Depending on how tight money is set your self a budget on what you would like to spend or what is realistic for you to save by the date you want to get married. Ours cost £11,000 but we knew exactly what we wanted. I made all the invites, order of service etc to save on costs but there were certain areas we splashed on. A sit down meal if amazing food were really important to us.
Amy Rose Leveridge - Honesty there isn't a 'norm' as it depends on what type of wedding you want, where, when and how much you want to spend personally. Me and my h2b didn't even set a budget lol. We are currently at 14k ? (with help from our amazing parents/grand parents and my brother who have contributed in some way). All depends on what you want x
Daisy Anne Crawforth - We wanted to spend around £10000 but we're willing to go over if we really wanted something. Currently we're spending £17000 but I hand made all our invitations and am making all the decorations and the cake ourselves so it'd probably be closer to £20000 if you'd rather pay for those things!
Sarah Lewis - It depends if you want the whole sit down meal an that you can save money by getting married in the week and out of wedding season you can save even more if you book if a venue has cancellations it happens! An believe it or not Groupon have some amazing deals at hotels for weddings with a sit down meal good luck.
Tanya Lord - Church and separate venue 5/6 k honeymoon separate. It doesn't matter about cost it's knowing that you are marrying the one you love and spending the rest of your life with. All I would say is only spend what you can afford don't start married life in debt. X
Fiona Scholes - Ours came in at around £4000. I had budgeted £3500 originally but a few bits we hadn't thought about popped up. That's including everything except the full cost of my dress as my parents payed a big chunk of that xx
Jessica Helen - If you can book a 'whirlwind' wedding. We get married in 2 weeks and only booked it 14 weeks ago! We're getting married late on in the afternoon and aren't having the sit down meal! It's the food that makes it more expensive! There are ways around it so you can spend more on other things! It all depends on what you both want! Xx
Heather Fleming - We did ours for I think £9000, using a holiday inn hotel and it was AMAZING!! They're whole package can be done for between £3000-5000 so anything extra is just what you want so can really scale down xx
Becky Cushing - So everything from venue, catering and dress, down to decorations and wedding party gifts, our wedding is around the £25k mark ? but it's depends on what you want you wedding day to be. I'd figure out what you can afford comfortable and then go from there ?
Collette Hamilton - With a £4000 honeymoon to Jamaica for 10 days will bring it to about £18/19000
With 120 day guests and 160 evening.
It all depends on what you actually want or it could be a lot cheaper. X x
Rachael Potter - I had a budget of 5k and its atleast doubled. I have done so much my self aswell as love doing the personal touches, my advise is shop around as soon as you tell people its a wedding they add 000000 on everything x
Carole Robertson - You could set a ballpark figure then it could get blown completely out of the water or you could do it totally on a budget. My first wedding was under £3k & my second was less than £1k.
Abi Clayton - We got married in Cuba and including 2 weeks in Cuba and the wedding, favours , wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, extras to decorate tables, flowers etc and night do when we returned it came out at £6000 xx
Emily Farrar - Ours is just under 20k for everything except the honeymoon, the biggest chunk of ours is on the food and arrival drinks package for each guest as we have to get this through the venue x
Ashley Hutchinson - Ours is about 3,500 all in. We've made some things but people we know are doing things like flowers, cake, all the expensive things. We've got 8 months to go and had it planned for 2 years.
Roni Warwick - Ours was about £3,500 all in, I made all the bouquets, centrepieces, button holes, the cake... it was expensive for us because we had our reception at a golf course which was about half of our budget! X
Claire Rodgers - Thats a tough one. They say the average wedding costs £25k. But i know some who have had a small wedding for 3k and a mid size wedding for 20k. Ours is costing 9k but we have had lots of time to source bits x
Rebecca Read - Make it how you want sometimes making the simple things yourself and getting friends etc to help cut alot of the costs down. Dresses for instance shop around for reasonable price or if you know someone who can sew, do so that can be expensive if you buy all bridesmaids dresses. Cake get a friend or family to help make it. I've seen some amazing weddings all done at the fraction of the price. Vintage theme personally are the best as it's all made by hand and looks very affective. Look in magazines and Internet get some quotes etc before going head first otherwise you could be going over your budget. Be realistic what you can afford. It can be cheaper and sometimes looks better than an expensive wedding.
Carla Shaw - So many variables it's unreal. They say the average cost of a wedding is around £30k now. Pick out the important thing like venue and photographer and start there. Xx
Kayleigh Jones - Congratulations. All depends on wot u want n where u want it. Venues differ massively. First get your venue price n Go from there. My budget tripled after my outfits n extras were added on, the venue is just the start. I'd personally say u need 10k atleast with a few extras n that's still quite basic but pretty xx
Maria Keen - I got married in November last year and our total for everything came to £6500. You don't need to spend a fortune to have a magical day, don't be afraid to haggle on prices
Jo Green - I don't think there is a "norm".. we spent all in all probably about £6000-£7000 but that was by luck and getting some absolute bargain deals.. but that could be completely different to what others want.. so big things cost wise is obviously the venue.. My dream venue would of been best £30k before anything else but I wasn't willing to spend that on one day.. then if your having a full sir down wedding breakfast, food is very expensive.. weather it's England or abroad.. how much you are willing to do yourself or how much your want to pay others to do.. weather you want photographer and videograoher as they are in the thousands each usually.. we booked most of ours in January when there was good deals on.. also the time of year can make a big difference as you pay premiums for a summer wedding usually.. I don't think you can out an average price on it x
Hannah Livesey - Ingham - Our budget was entirely arbitrary - I set limits based on what I was happy to pay for certain things and it worked out fine. EG I didn't want to spend more than £600 on flowers or more than £200 for my dress etc. Totted everything up and that made my budget. If it had come to more than we had I'd've taken things out/reduced some areas. We did a DIY photo booth which was free (bar a few blow up items from Amazon) which was awesome ?
Abi Harper - My h2b and I get married next may and ours is coming to less than £5000 it can be done on less than that, it depends on what you want, we're getting married at a golf club x
Ellie Hettle - Every person is different. Our wedding came in just over 1,000 which is bargain ! Most expensive item was my dress at £365 that was 10yrs ago now x
Becky Wilkins - Probably cost us about £14000 all in to be honest or around there taking little bits etc into account and I have my own business so made my self a lot of bits at cost sweets stuff. It's so much fun. Could of easily spent another £10000 but we kept our day do to 40 of us and a few other cuts xx
Cara Paton - I think it's really dependant on what you can afford, and what you're willing to spend. I've seen brides do it for £1000 and others spend £20000!