You're just engaged? Congratulations! After the excitement settles (and you've read THE book for brides-to-be), don't be overwhelmed by wedding budget dread. Take charge and make sure you have a clear idea of your wedding budget to ensure you get the most out of your big day. First step? Read on to find out how much the average wedding in the UK costs.
Average wedding budget breakdown:
Wedding venue: £2,790
Once you have a good idea of the head count and date, snap up your wedding venue early. Check out our edit of the best wedding venues in the UK and abroad. Fancy something unusual? Here are 3 quirky venues to try.
Reception venue: £3,919
Secure your reception venue if you're having the ceremony at a separate location in advance if you can. Some venues have recommended suppliers, from florists to caterers, so make sure each element is right for you. Stuck for inspiration? Get creative with a reception theme and steal styling ideas from these brides and their dreamy real weddings: from the all-out glamorous to the prettiest garden dos. If saving pennies is top of your list, be inspired by these real brides who saved on a venue by saying 'I do' at home.
Hosting a plentiful wedding breakfast? Check to see if the catering can be reduced for your evening do to save on budget. A keen foodie? Peruse wed-ready food and drink trends to impress guests. A mobile bar or food truck can be a good way to slash costs too.
From budget to style, there's lots to consider when you pick your photographer. Read the top questions to ask your wedding photographer and how to pick the perfect photographer who will make you look amazing. For more tips browse our wedding photography section and be sure to ask your photographer to capture you these essential wedding photo ideas.
The most fabulous wedding cakes to serve now - and our favourite real wedding cakes - are the best place to start your research (but don't forget to check out these cakes you won't believe are real). Then, get tasting!
Wedding Dress: £1,378
Find The One in our latest wedding dress galleries and keep an eye on sales and shopping events to snap up a bargain. For more budget saving ideas, look to the high street and save with the help of our favourite budget bridal brands. Not sure what style you want? Here's a guide to choosing the right style of wedding dress for your body.
Hands up all you shoe-aholics! We are slightly obsessed with shoes here at Brides HQ - join in the fun and pin your favourites from our latest wedding shoe stories.
Attendants' outfits: £436
Show her how much you care and take her for a shopping trip to find her a chic big day outfit. Start with our mother-of-the-bride galleries and take a look at these style tips choosing the right mother of the bride hat or fascinator. For summer wedding inspiration, take a look at our glamorous mother of the bride dresses or if your mum's a modern lady and doesn't want something too traditional, we've put together an edit of alternative outfits for your mum.
Groom's outfit: £439
Want to know the bridal make up and hair break down? Check out our guide to everything you need to know about wedding hair trails and everything you need to know about bridal makeup trials. For DIY ideas or product recommendations, check out our bridal beauty tips.
Engagement ring: £3,037
Wedding rings: £809
Not sure how to shop for your wedding bands? Read our quick-click guide!
Other wedding jewellery: £176
Don't forget the finishing touches - from classic pearls to the prettiest necklaces, headpieces and more.
Get the lowdown on where to visit (and when!), be inspired by our round-up of the most jaw-dropping destinations from our first-ever Brides Honeymoon Awards - and even see the world for £500! If you're on a budget but don't want to miss out on the trip of a lifetime, you're in luck: take a look at our ultimate guide to Maldives honeymoons on a budget.
Gift list: £2,400
What is at the top of your wish list? Here are some ideas to get you started.
First off, sit down with your fiancé, or with your parents if they're going to contribute, and work out what you can afford to spend.
To keep track of your big day spending, write down the estimated costs in a budget planner and then regularly review the costs as you confirm with suppliers to ensure you stay on track.
As a guide, here are the average amounts that Brides readers spend. Make this your starting point and then ask yourself, which elements are important to you and your fiancé? Then adjust these average weddings costs to suit your needs - don't forget, it's completely up to you where you decide to save or splurge!
Top tip: Pick one area that will make the day extra special for you. Love the latest floral trends? Then set aside a little bit more for your dream wedding dress and cut back on other areas, such as flowers. It's all about getting a balance across the different areas.