How to start your wedding budget

How much you should budget for, from flowers and wedding style to entertainment, food and drinks.

Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you’re done showing off your engagement ring, and sharing your engaged status online, it’s time to start planning your wedding.


And what better place to start than with your budget? It’s not as exciting as choosing your florist, we know, but it’ll determine how much every aspect of your wedding will cost, and therefore how much you can afford to spend.

The below stats break down the cost of a £21,000 wedding, based on 83 wedding guests, which is the average number of guests our real brides had.

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How much to budget for wedding outfits:
Wedding dress: £1,098
Veil: £108
Headdress/tiara: £78
Bride’s shoes: £102
Lingerie: £80
Groom’s outfit: £329
Bridesmaid(s) outfit: £353
Wedding ring bride: £479
Wedding ring groom: £367
Hair: £61
Make-up/skincare: £92

How much to budget for the wedding ceremony:
Registrar: £421
Transport: £392
Bride’s flowers: £106
Bridesmaid(s) flowers: £116

How much to budget for the wedding reception:
Venue hire: £3,397
Food: £2,882
Drink: £1,187
Cake: £269
Invitations/stationery: £186
Thank-you gifts: £211
Favours: £144

How much to spend on wedding entertainment
Photography: £922
Music/entertainment: £692
Video: £659

How much to budget for your honeymoon
Honeymoon: £3164
Honeymoon wardrobe: £253
First night hotel: £204



To see more on budgets, take a look at our budget breakdown pie charts