When & Where?
Where you choose to have your wedding says a lot about you. The most popular time to have a wedding is the summer – with 44% of all ceremonies taking place then. 56% of all weddings are on Saturdays. Many people have their weddings in areas they do not live in. 16 % of couples get married in the South West of England, but only 12% of them live there. Adversely, where 10% of couples live in London, only 3% choose to get married there.
This may have something to do with the price of doing things in London. The average spend on a wedding in London is now £31,837, compared to £17,913 nationally. This is down to the high cost of hiring a venue (£4,833 more than average), of providing food and drink (£2,534 more than average) and of hiring a marquee (£12,346 more than average). A normal wedding is difficult to have if you live in London.
Planning a wedding takes a lot of effort. Not everyone gets involved however. While most people reported themselves as being heavily involved (98%), only 81% agreed that their partner was heavily involved. Most couples went to a wedding fair near them (60%), and a similar proportion (63%) largely planned their weddings after work. 40% of couples spent roughly the same amount on their wedding (£10 – 20,000) although as many as 39% went over their original budget.
Most couples (57%) preferred a physical brochure over a digital one. 71% of people found that the most important reason behind their decision making was the opinion of friends and family. 59 % thought that reviews were important in their decision making. However, 23% read no reviews before making a decision. A normal wedding usually means considering several options, but not dozens.
It may be a surprise to read that most couples choose their wedding venue after seeing only one place. Only 15% of people see five or more venues. The most popular type of venue was a country house, and the least was a yacht. Only 1% of people got married in a warehouse or factory, but those who did were much more likely to get married in winter than in any other venue.
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