According to a survey in 2017 of 4,000 brides, the average UK wedding now costs £27,161 – the highest it’s ever been. Venue hire is revealed as the most expensive cost at an average of £4,354, followed by the honeymoon, and then the food at an average of £3,353 (www.hitched.co.uk). The Bride’s Magazine puts the catering costs as high as £3,959.
What is a Wedding Reception?
Wikipedia describes a wedding reception as a party usually held after the completion of a marriage ceremony as hospitality for those who have attended the wedding, hence the name reception: the couple receives society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple.
Traditionally it was the bride’s parents who paid for the wedding reception – and that included the venue hire, food and drink. Nowadays it’s more common for the cost to be shared by both sets of parents and the couple getting married. However, in the current economic climate with stagnating wages for many; increasing living costs; lack of accommodation for first time buyers and with student debt, a lot of couples are finding it difficult to finance their dream wedding. Why forfeit a house deposit or risk getting into debt for one day?
10 Ways to Cut Catering Costs for your Wedding Reception
- An obvious way to reduce your costs is to limit the number of your guests to the wedding breakfast. Menus are priced per head, so naturally it would be cheaper to feed 50 people than 100.