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The Ultimate Wedding Budget Breakdown

Based on 2017's average wedding budget of £27,000 garden party wedding venue is home to the most powerful wedding budget planner available – simply enter your wedding budget and in one click you’ll have your budget expertly assigned for you! You’ll have every penny accounted for in no time and can let the fun of planning begin.

Want to get started with ballpark figures? Below is a complete wedding budget breakdown for the average cost of a UK wedding in 2017.


Average Wedding Budget in 2017:



Wedding Venue: 

£5,000 – £6,000

Your wedding venue is easily the most important part of your planning and big day, so be prepared for it to take up a big chunk of your budget! However, don’t worry, we are here to help – we don’t mean to brag, but we have the largest venue directory in the UK. Use our venue search tool to find the venue you’ve always dreamt of but never even knew existed.



£7,000 (but varies on number of guests)

Read how to slash those wedding breakfast prices.  Food trucks, sharing plates or buffets are a great idea if you’re on a tight budget and want to create a more relaxed atmosphere. 


Wedding Photography: 


Choosing the right wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding (no pressure), and rightly so! There are thousands of wedding photographers out there, each with their own style and unique approach. And after all, you’ll be looking at these photographs for years to come! Make sure you ask these questions before booking them for your big day. 




You’re going to want to remember every second of your wedding day and having an  wedding videographer will allow you to do just that. Naturally some videographers cost more than others, so if you want a jaw-dropping video as a priority, consider cutting back on some of your other suppliers.




Whether you’re looking for a low key arrival or planning on flying down the aisle (seriously, someone has done it before!), make sure you don’t overlook you’re wedding transport


Wedding Flowers:  


Never underestimate how much your flowers can transform your wedding! Maybe you have grand ideas about how your wedding flowers are going to look but are worried about breaking the bank?  Read‘s top 9 penny saving tips and you’ll be impressed by how much you can save without sacrificing ‘wow’ factor.


Decoration & Hire:


It’s not just about the flowers! Don’t forget that many venues require you to hire all your furniture needs at an additional cost (either from the venue itself, your caterer, or a third party).


Wedding Cake:


Only the best part of the wedding (or so we think)! Before you decide on your wedding cake make sure to ask these 11 questions to your cake maker so you don’t have to worry about a thing during the cutting of the cake.


Entertainment or Music:


Choosing the right wedding entertainment for your wedding is key.  You want to think clearly about what will go nicely with the style of your wedding and what your guests will enjoy. So before you agree to having your third cousin twice removed play his bango, take a look through all of Bridebook’s entertainment and music suppliers!


Wedding Dress:  

£1,000 – £2,000

There is a beautiful wedding dress out there for everyone and it doesn’t necessarily have to cost you an arm and a leg. Our  list of saving tips will help you find that dress you have been dreaming of as a young girl, even if you’re trying to avoid (the rather shockingly large) average dress cost.




Don’t overlook the shoes! Take a look in to  Jimmy Choo’s wonderful world of weddings shoes here on  


Wedding Stationery:


You may feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to choosing your wedding stationery. Luckily for us, Papeterie Eugenie (who did George Clooney’s wedding stationery!) provides us with her in depth knowledge to help make the process a piece of (wedding) cake! 

Do also keep in mind that this figure can vary widely. While DIY or online invitations (such as those from Paperless Post) can cost as little as £200, bespoke and hand crafted stationery can cost closer to £800 and upwards.


Grooms and Ushers Attire:  


Grooms are going to want to look hot on their W-Day as well as the bride.  Let help you decide on the perfect attire for your wedding day. 




Let help you find your wedding make-up artist  and hair stylist from our list of thousands of suppliers all over the U.K. 


Wedding Rings:


Having trouble deciding on which metal and design to go for? are here to run you through the different types of wedding bands available. 


Registrar Fees: 


While not as exciting as flowers or cakes, the registrar fees are an often overlooked expense that can come as a bit of surprise if you’re not ready for them!


Favours & Gifts:

£600 – £700

Who doesn’t like favours! Give your guests something to remember the day by with some thought through favours and gifts to take home.


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Want some more inspiration? Here’s another article you may be interested in:

Introduction: Your Budget



Happy Planning!