Although the holiday season has come to an end, the summer wedding season is fast approaching, and you should expect new things since we are in a new year. The wedding industry in the UK has been growing over the years, and lot things have been taking place.
But, have you ever taken a second to think of the important traditions that define UK weddings? Is it the slightly longer engagement period, fascinating wedding dresses, or the colourful rings? We sought to establish some of the wedding industry fascinating facts that you need to know.
The 3-Day Wedding Trend Is a Reality
The three-day wedding trend is becoming popular across the UK with at least 45% of couples who wed last year choosing to celebrate their big their union for two or three days. This represents an increment of about 23% compared to how things were five years ago.
Consequently, there has also been a rise in money spend on venues and marquees. Statistics also reveal that couples are willing to spend more money to personalise their weddings. At least 33% of couples overspend on food and drinks while 22% tend to overspend on flowers and venue dressing.
UK Weddings Are Worth £10 Billion
According to Hitched W.I.F.E, UK’s most popular wedding site, couples spend a whopping £10 billion on weddings in the past year. Planning a wedding right from engagement to honeymoon cost an average of £36,000. Couples spend an average of £21,000 on guests, £12,000 on the wedding day, and £2,500 on honeymoon.
The average wedding size in the UK is 77 guests for the wedding breakfast, 85 guests for the evening party, and 80 guests for the wedding. Summer remains the most popular wedding season followed by spring. The most popular wedding months are July and August.
Return to Simple and Classic Wedding Dresses
Over the past few years, brides have been turning to the more “practical” wedding dresses that give them the much-needed freedom on their big day. This has seen a significant rise in the number of brides who prefer the pocketed wedding dresses that help them to keep a few of their valuables close to them.
After a busy morning of being prepared and plucked, they may also need a place where they can rest their hands and feel at ease as the bridegroom recites the wedding vows.
Millennials Are Starting to Pay for Their Weddings
Most millennials prefer to marry later in life when they are financially stable. However, the few that choose to walk down the aisle will mostly depend on their parents when it comes to financing.
This wedding trend is slowly beginning to go away since 18% of couples who married in the past one year were between 25 and 35 years and most of them foot the bills by themselves. Input in wedding planning from mothers is down to 44% from the initial 52% while that from fathers is down to 11% from 13%.