Weddings have become less expensive on average over the last year, a recent survey has shown. Despite several years of consecutive growth in the value of the average wedding, 2018 actually showed a decrease in average cost. What does this say about the state of the wedding industry last year?  What will it say about weddings in the year to come?

Average Costs

Last year, according to the Bridebook wedding survey, the average national spend on a wedding was £17,913. This reduced slightly overall to £17,674 in 2019. This is mainly the result of a massive reduction in the average cost of a wedding in London. Where previously, it cost £31,837 a wedding now on average costs £24,039 in the capital. Many other regions actually showed small increases in the average price of a wedding.

When people want to get married had changed over the last year too. Interest has solidified around the later summer months. As many as 36% of people got married in either August or September. 28% of people were also married in either June or July, making it a total of 64% of people getting married in the summer months. People overwhelmingly got married on Saturday, with as many as 53% choosing that day.

Venues continued to be the most expensive elements of weddings in the UK – rising overall from £6,152 to £6,539 on average. However, several other expensive elements actually reduced in price – such as Food and Drink, which reduced in average cost from £5,862 to £5,187. Marquees too reduced from £5,468 to £5,007 on average.

Protecting your Wedding

Whether you spend the national average on your wedding, much more or much less, you can protect your big day with wedding insurance. Insurance policies from Wedding Insurance Solutions cover your wedding in case the unexpected happens. We can cover your wedding against cancellation up to the amount of £35,000 (almost twice the national average amount). We can also cover all sorts of smaller elements of your wedding. These include your cake, flowers, photography and general supplier failure. Our cover starts at £21, so ensuring your wedding day is only a minor fraction of your overall wedding cost.