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The Great British Wedding

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The Great British Wedding

Whether you want to be inspired, or go against the grain, take a peek at what other couples did on their big day…

Brides spent…

  • 14.5 months planning their big day
  • £750 on average on their wedding dress
  • The average big day costs £8,650.
  • 51% got married in summer on average

When to get married?

  • Half of couples we surveyed tied the knot in summer (51%), 21% in spring and 20% in autumn. Less than one in ten (8%) braved the chill by choosing a Winter Wedding.

Where to get married?

  • 33% Wed in a Registry office
  • A third of couples had their wedding ceremony in a registry office (33%) whilst over a quarter had it in a church (26%).
  • 30% of couples had their reception in a hotel, 16% chose a local pub. A manor house was the setting of choice for 14% while other venues included a converted barn (9%), a golf club (3%), and the couple's own home (2%).

What theme to choose?

A third (34%) of couples went for a traditional theme, 29% chose 'modern', and 15% created a vintage-inspired day. The Great Gatsby set the scene for 7% of couples.

On the Big Day…

  • 64 was the average number of guests invited…
  • Two groomsmen and bridesmaids were chosen
  • 39% went for a 3 course roast dinner on average
  • Three-course roast dinner (39%)
  • 'Help yourself' buffet (32%)
  • Set menu (16%)
  • Curry buffet (15%)
  • Pasties (9%)
  • Hog roast (6%)
  • 83% Had a First Dance

Most popular First Dance songs

  • Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply (8%)
  • The Goo Goo Dolls - Iris (7%)
  • Jason Mraz - I'm Yours (5%)
  • Lonestar - Amazed (5%)
  • Bed Howard - Only Love (5%)

Professional photographer

  • Over half of couple hired a professional photographer (52%) for the day.  22% chose a photographer and videographer.  19% asked guests to take their own pictures and share them afterwards. 3% set up a wedding hashtag for guests to use when posting on social media.

Data gathered by OnePoll on behalf of QHotels.*Total sample size was 1,500 adults married in the last five years.  Fieldwork was undertaken between 10th July, 2014 - 17th July, 2014. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).