How much does a wedding cost today?

As you can imagine, the average cost of a wedding in the UK can vary massively! Location, venue, number of guests, and level of extravagance will influence the final figure.

The average amount spent by UK couples on their wedding in 2024 comes to £20,775*. But how many guests you invite dictate averages:

  • 50 or fewer guests – £12,006
  • 51-100 guests – £20,340
  • 101-150 guests – £25,175
  • 151 or more guests – £37,431

We break down the costs:

Venue hire and catering expenses typically account for a significant portion of the wedding budget. Ranging from £5,000 to £10,000 or more.

Likewise, the cost of wedding attire can really fluctuate! From the big-ticket bride’s dress to the groom’s suit. Bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen attire. Depending on designer labels and customisation, the total can range from £1,000 to £3,000, or higher!

Capturing the big day, a wedding photographer and videographer’s average cost is around £1,500 each.

Decorations, floral arrangements, and venue styling can add a few surprising pounds to the budget! From £1,000 to £5,000, it really depends on the scale of decor, floral choices, and any additional embellishments. Think wedding favours, wedding stationery, gifts for the bridesmaids or groomsmen.

Costs for entertainment, such as live bands, DJs, or other performers, can range from £500 to £2,000 or more. Depending on the entertainment type, duration, and any special requests.

Extra costs can include transportation, wedding cake, hair and makeup services. Plus, any pre-wedding events like engagement parties or rehearsal dinners.

And the most important part, the average cost of a celebrant sits around £500.

It’s important to note that these figures are averages and can vary significantly based on location. An average wedding in London costs £36,778, while the average wedding in Wales is £15,529!

Whatever your budget is, and what you think you’ll spend, budget for at least 10% more. Presents for close family, stamps for sending out invites—it’s the little unexpected things that all add up.