SOME couples are prepared to spend big bucks when it comes to getting married.
A new survey of more than 3,000 brides has found that the average UK wedding now costs a whopping 짙25,090 – a rise of 21 per cent in just one year.
While 82% of couples ask for cash or honeymoon vouchers, instead of gifts.
The biggest expenditure is venue hire, costing an average of 짙3,738, followed by the honeymoon at an average of 짙3,366.
Food was the third most expensive task for couples to arrange, with an average spend of 짙3,072.
Other costs factored into the price include an average of 짙1,742 for the engagement ring, 짙1,055 for the wedding dress and the groom?셲 outfits, 짙965 for drinks on the day and 짙905 for the wedding photographer.
The majority of the cash spent on outfits goes on the bridge - with the wedding dress costing an average of 짙1,055.
Caroline Bradley, editor of Hitched.co.uk, said: ?쏧t?셲 no surprise to see that wedding planning couples are putting the venue as their top priority ??even ahead of setting a budget.
?쏝y choosing the wedding venue in the early planning stages, couples can then plan around this easily ??with a fixed location, confirmed wedding date and cost per head already in place.
?쏻e also see that couples are opting for guests to help fund towards the honeymoon ??which may be a contributing factor to the average wedding spend being at its highest in seven years.
?쏻ith guests footing the bulk of the honeymoon bill, couples are free to spend the majority of the budget on the big day itself.??/p>
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