Press releases | June 13th 2017

Brits set to spend £11,411 on affordable weddings in 2017

  • Modest marriages: 56% of those set to marry in 2017 are planning a mid-range budget
  • High street is the new high end: 19% of Brides are planning on wearing a high-street gown
  • DIY before I DO: 26% of Brits have made homemade items to save on costs
  • Convenient collections: Two in five Brits opting to click and collect their wedding haul

30 May 2017: New research from CollectPlus reveals that affordable weddings are all the rage in 2017, with a whopping 56% of Brits planning a ‘mid-range’ budget for their upcoming nuptials. Brides and grooms who are set to get hitched this year will be spending an average of £11,411 on venues, outfits and all the wedding related trimmings, almost half the cost of getting married ten years ago, which was billed at a whopping £20,000*.

A look across the country reveals that Londoners are the most likely to spend the most, setting aside an average of £13,825 on designer nuptials, followed by those in Norwich and Birmingham, who will be setting aside £12,195 and £12,095 respectively. Meanwhile, those in Brighton have the most modest budgets, earmarking £5,933 to cover the cost of their weddings.**

It’s All About The Dress

Despite newlyweds planning modest weddings this year, brides are still prepared to spend a healthy chunk of their overall budget on finding the perfect dress, carving out an average of £1,283 on a gown to walk down the aisle in and £956 on the perfect pair of matching shoes. Although almost half (48%) of brides will be sourcing their dresses from a bridal boutique, nearly one in five (19%) are turning their attention to the high street to find their dream outfit and planning to wear a high-street equivalent for their big day, off the back of new bridal collections launched by retailers including ASOS, Missguided and Topshop.

Of those that are prepared to purchase something for their wedding from a high-street retailer, half (50%) say this is because they’d prefer to put the money towards other wedding costs, with over one quarter (28%) choosing to splurge on their honeymoon instead. Meanwhile, nearly one third (32%) find designer boutiques overpriced.

This year’s newlyweds are also set to part with an average of £1,005 for food and drink and £893 on entertainment for the reception, carving out £714 on flowers and £644 on wedding cake.***

Cutting Costs Before Cutting The Cake

While Brits are prepared to splash out on certain things ahead of tying the knot, many couples are finding savvy ways to make clever savings ahead of their big day. Brides and grooms to-be will be indulging in a spot of DIY before saying ‘I Do,’ with over one quarter (26%) of those planning get hitched this year planning to create their own wedding invitations and flower arrangements to further bring down costs. Meanwhile,7% have asked their bridesmaids to contribute towards the cost of their outfits.

Convenient Collections

When it comes to getting their all-important items delivered ahead of the big day, nearly two in five (39%) brides and grooms-to-be are opting to click and collect items from their nearest delivery location rather than picking them up in-store. Over half of Brits (58%) say this is as they prefer the convenience of getting items delivered to a location near their homes, while almost one in ten have specifically done so to avoid their fiancé seeing their outfits.

“With so much preparation and planning ahead of the big day, getting items delivered to a location near you can be a handy alternative to collect items that you might not be always be at home to receive,” said Catherine Woolfe, ‎Marketing Director at CollectPlus. “With high street bridal collections growing in popularity, we’re seeing more people use click and collect as a convenient option for those who want to pick up and return items at a time and place that suits them – perfect for time strapped brides and grooms who are about to say I do.”


Notes to Editor

*According to research from You & Your Wedding Magazine (featured on The Guardian, 2008)

City Average wedding budget
London £13,825
Nottingham £12,195
Birmingham £12,095
Southampton £10,341
Belfast £10,312
Norwich £10,005
Manchester £9,952
Sheffield £9,423
Newcastle £8,912
Cardiff £8,832
Liverpool £8,730
Leeds £8,257
Edinburgh £8,253
Bristol £7,725
Glasgow £7,690
Plymouth £7,313
Brighton £5,933

**Table 1: Average wedding budget, by city

Items Average cost
Reception venue £1,872
Ceremony venue £1,757
Bride’s dress £1,283
Food and drink on the wedding day £1,005
Bridesmaid’s dress £957
Bride’s shoes £956
Photographer £921
Entertainment at the reception £893
Flowers £714
Wedding cake £644
Bridesmaid’s shoes £566
Hair and make up for bridesmaid £557
Favours £540
Hair and make up for bride £507
Invitations £490


***Table 2: Average cost Brits are willing to spend on wedding items this year


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Drop and Collect Limited trading as CollectPlus is the UK’s largest independent store-based parcel delivery and returns service. It offers a simple and convenient way for people to collect online purchases from or return unwanted items to more than 350 high street and online retailers, including John Lewis, New Look and ASOS – all at their local convenience store.


It is also possible to send parcels to any UK address from a CollectPlus store, making it a convenient option for those who sell products via online marketplaces such as eBay, as well as acting as a cheaper and convenient alternative parcel service for sending packages to friends and family.


Founded in 2009, CollectPlus was the first business to offer third party Click & Collect in the UK and now has a network of over 6,000 conveniently located parcel stores across the UK, nearly all of which are open early ‘til late seven days a week. 90% of the UK’s urban population live within a mile of a CollectPlus point and 89% within five miles in rural areas.


CollectPlus now handles in excess of 400,000 parcels a week and in September 2016 handled its 75 millionth parcel. Drop and Collect Limited trading as CollectPlus is a wholly owned subsidiary of independent parcel carrier, Yodel.



UK independent parcel carrier Yodel handles over 155 million parcels every year and has a relationship with 85 per cent of the UK’s top retailers. The company is headquartered in Hatfield and has over 60 locations across the UK, including three central sorts and over 50 service centres.


Yodel offers a range of services to meet the needs of its clients and their customers.  Through Arrow XL, Yodel can also offer a two-man service for white goods and large items up to 120kg.

June 13th 2017 - by @CollectPlus