Weddings cost half as much as they did a decade ago
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.