How to Plan an Incredible Wedding for £32,000

We breakdown how to spend the average wedding budget of £32,000, covering everything from your venue to your thank you cards

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According to the Hitched and You & Your Wedding 21st Century Bride Survey 2018the average wedding now costs £32,273. Before you faint at the prospect of saving £30k for your big day, don’t forget that not all suppliers want to be paid at the same time and you do have time to save during the wedding planning.


You also don’t NEED to spend anywhere near that much, don’t miss our guides on how to plan a wedding for £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000.

If you’ve sat down with your partner to work out your finances and agreed that £32,000 sounds about right for what you want to spend, then here is our breakdown of how to divide your budget.

Wedding Venue – £9,000


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With a budget of £32,000 for your big day you will be able to choose from a huge range of wedding venues. You might want to pick a stunning castle wedding venue? Or a stately home wedding venue will offer plenty of space and gorgeous grounds. Your £9k spend allows just for venue hire so if your venue includes a food and wine package then don’t forget to add in your catering budget.

Ceremony Fees – £500

Your wedding ceremony fees will depend on where you choose to get married but they tend to be around £500. If you are planning to have your wedding day all in one venue then don’t forget to ask if the ceremony room hire is included in your package or if you will need to pay extra.

Wedding Dress – £3,000


With a £3,000 wedding dress budget you will have so many gorgeous designer wedding dresses to choose from or you might even want to have your very own custom-made gown. You will also want to include your alterations in your budget which can add up if you are making a lot of changes to your dress.

READ MORE: Designing Your Own Wedding Dress – Everything You Need to Know

Bridal Accessories – £400

A £400 budget will mean you have plenty of choice for your bridal accessories. If you are spending £3,000 on your wedding dress then you may want to keep your jewellery simple and elegant to let the dress be the focal point.

Wedding Shoes – £500


A £500 budget means you can buy some gorgeous designer wedding shoes. Jimmy Choo wedding shoes are priced from £495 or if you can push your budget a little further then a pair of Manolos! Start browsing our edit of the most stunning designer wedding shoes if you just can’t contain your excitement.

Bridesmaid Dresses – £400

Depending on how many bridesmaids you are having you may want to adjust your bridesmaid dress spend up or down. £100-£150 per bridesmaid dress will give you plenty of choice. If you are having quite a few bridesmaids then you can find a gorgeous selection of high street bridesmaid dresses for £75-£100 a dress.

READ MORE: Fabulous Highstreet Bridesmaid Dresses

Groomswear – £500

If your groom is planning on wearing a classic suit that he could wear again and again then it may be worth investing in a suit. Alternatively you might find it easier to hire for the groom and groomsmen.

Hair and Makeup – £400


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With a £400 budget for hair and makeup this should mean professional hair and makeup for you and hair or makeup for your bridesmaids.

Wedding Photographer – £3,000

If there is a place to invest your wedding budget it’s in the photography – after all your wedding photographs are going to be reminders of your big day forever. Make sure you look at previous weddings they have photographed to get a feel for their style.

Wedding Stationery – £300


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Wedding stationery includes your invitations, RSVP cards, inserts, place cards, order of service and your thank you cards, so don’t forget to include all these things in your budget planning.

Wedding Cars – £400

Arrive in style with £400 to spend on your wedding cars – think about the style of your wedding and pick a form of transport that suits the look you are going for.

READ MORE: Wedding Car Hire – Questions to Ask Before You Book

Reception Decor – £500

With a good budget for flowers you shouldn’t need to add too much more to make your wedding look amazing. But a few extra special decor touches here and there will be the perfect finishing touch. Set aside £500 for decor items such as backdrops, frames and table decorations.

Catering – £5,500

A large part of your wedding budget will go on catering – afterall you are buying dinner and drinks for every single one of your friends and family. With £5,500 to spend on food and drink you will have a good budget that offers plenty of flexibility.

Wedding Flowers – £1,800


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Flowers can be surprisingly expensive but you can manage your costs by choosing flowers that are in season. £1,800 to spend on your wedding flowers will mean you can have the bouquet of your dreams and plenty of money left to beautifully decorate your wedding venue.

Wedding Cake – £600

You will be able to find an amazing wedding cake for £600 – just don’t forget your budget may also need to cover things like the cake stand hire, cake knife hire (yes really!) and your wedding cake topper.

Entertainment – £1,000

With £1,000 to spend on entertainment you will be able to hire a fantastic band for your evening reception. Alternatively you might want to hire a DJ and spend the extra budget on other entertainment such as magicians or child entertainers.

Thank You Gifts –  £200


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Set a little bit of budget aside for thank you cards and gifts for your bridal party. You don’t have to spend a fortune but it’s a nice way to say thank you for being there.

Honeymoon – £4,000

With a £4,000 budget you will have so many amazing honeymoon destinations to choose from! With a £32,000 wedding budget, make sure you leave a sizeable amount to have a holiday you will remember forever.


If a £32,000 wedding budget is a little too high for you then don’t miss our guide to a £25,000 wedding budget.