A survey conducted in the UK revealed that the average cost of a UK wedding is higher than the annual average wage. Over a decade, the cost of a wedding rose drastically from an average of 20 000 British Pounds in 2009 to about 32 000 British Pounds in 2019.
This amount ranges above a person’s average annual salary, and to the working class, it might be sufficient money for families’ livelihood. Since a wedding is held in high honor and ranks top among the most memorable days of one’s life, many people tend to sacrifice a lot to make their wedding day come true.
Humans drool over planning a wedding day and exert a lot of effort for an event that lasts for a few hours and can only extend if there is an after-party. A wedding is a very subjective matter and is more or less relative to whose wedding it is.
As a personal issue, almost everyone wishes to have a different or distinct wedding, which forces people to pour in a lot of resources planning their day. To some people, it is a competition between different brides and grooms to outsmart each other’s wedding and bring new phenomena that no one has ever seen.
‘Tying the knot’ is a permanent agreement in which love birds pledge to be only separated by death, and a union of this magnitude is taken seriously. In terms of religion, the weds declare their commitment to each other in a chapel or a holy place while their deity and other prominent religious figures witness the ceremony.
Traditionally, the whole clan is called to see the proceedings and give their blessings to usher the weds to a new family. These activities are done to honor the wedding ceremony, which means it is a special day. Outside of divorce and separation misfortunes, humans believe that death should be the only factor that destroys a marriage.
No one gets married while thinking of divorcing or falling in love with another person. Hence both the bride and groom are fully prepared to have the best day ever in their life. Because of this, huge finances are injected into planning this day of permanent union. Similar research carried out in 2018 among UK couples posited that 20% of them were willing to spend between 10 000 and 15 000 for their wedding. Around 19% noted that a wedding budget should be between 15 000 and 20 000 pounds [Source].
In 2018, it was reported that the “average cost of UK weddings hits an all-time high at over £32 000”. The Independent reported that “the data found that the amount couples spend on their nuptials varies by region in the UK, with London showing the highest cost at an average £41 521 – 52 percent more than the average UK salary” [Source].
Spending about 32 000 British Pounds for a ceremony of less than 24 hours might appear to be overspending and an overboard luxurious move. But in the UK, love birds are seen parting with these piles of pounds just to put rings on their fingers in front of family, friends, and colleagues [Source].
UK Couples involved in the study depicted how about 5 500 pounds are channeled towards getting a venue only [Source]. According to Sarah Allard, an editor at Hitched.co.uk, “It’s clear to see that the venue is the most important part of a bride’s big day, with couples opting to spend 16 percent of their total budget on their favored place to say, ‘I do.’
Other expenses are incurred in catering, marquee hire, the convoy, clothing, food, and the honeymoon. The respondents highlighted the areas where they usually overspend on weddings. A third of them suggested that overspending is done on food and drinks, especially when guests flood the event, which happens more often. Some said they spent more than planned in catering for the guests and honeymoon activities.
One can get married for as little as £50 in the UK, in which £46 is paid for the ceremony and £4 for the marriage or civil partnership certificate. NimbleFins gave a rundown of UK wedding costs in 2021. It was categorized in “lower range, median and upper range” for all vital aspects of the ceremony, which include wedding reception and venue, catering (food and drink), dress, photography and video, entertainment, flowers, engagement, and wedding, among others [Source]. The total wedding cost in the lower range amounted to £6 275; the median is £29 870, and the upper range is pegged at £67 600.
These financial figures can feed a working-class family, fund a small start-up project and pay for someone’s education career, but it can be blown away in a single ceremony by lovers. The Money Super Market organization argued that “If we look at the ratio of British salaries to average spend on weddings, it’s clear that a large proportion of the country’s income goes on the big day.”
The organization also added, “This means that for every £2,14 that the average couple earns in the year in which they are going to be married, they will be spending £1 on their wedding – by no means a small proportion of their earnings,” [Source]. Some analysts cited that you can equate the cost of this big day to a house deposit, and people might wait for long time-saving money towards this.
Other couples do not pay for their wedding alone but get assistance from family members, church, and friends. Others sort for cash gifts from the guests who come to the event to pay for certain expenses. Psychologists and psychiatrists describe love as a drug that can push people to extremes. Those who fall in love make the most considerable sacrifices just to maintain their relationship status.
With the urban phrase “love makes the world go around,” Britons cash in more for their wedding days than the average annual salary.