Wed­dings cost half as much as they did a decade ago

Daily Mail - - Shakespeare - By James Sal­mon

COU­PLES are spend­ing just over half the amount on wed­dings as they did ten years ago, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey.

Wed­dings will cost an av­er­age of £11,411 this year, com­pared to £20,000 in 2008.

Nearly one in five brides now find their dress on the high street, af­ter re­tail­ers in­clud­ing Top­shop and Asos launched bri­dal col­lec­tions.

But nearly half still buy their dress from a bou­tique, the study com­mis­sioned by de­liv­ery firm Col­lect Plus showed.

An av­er­age of £1,283 is spent on a gown and £956 on shoes.

The sur­vey of 2,000 cou­ples get­ting mar­ried this year showed that £1,005 will be spent on food and drink while £893 will go on en­ter­tain­ment.

Cou­ples will spend £714 on flow­ers and £644 on a cake.

Just over a quar­ter will be in­dulging in a spot of DIY to cut costs, by mak­ing their own in­vi­ta­tions and or­gan­is­ing flower ar­range­ments. Some fru­gal cou­ples – 7 per cent – have even asked brides­maids to con­trib­ute to­wards their out­fits.

Lon­don­ers are set to spend the most, at £13,825, while those in Brighton will pay the least at £5,933.

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