How long will you be engaged for? Will you and your fiancé be married within the year? Or are you planning a long engagement and an amazing big day in a couple of years time?

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Age matters

The results from our WED2B 2018 Wedding Survey show that a whopping 81% of UK brides-to-be prefer not to rush down the aisle and will be having a long engagement. Although your answer is likely to depend on how old you are, as it's mainly younger brides who are happy to wait before saying 'I do'.

52% of under 30s told us they’re going to be tying the knot within one to two years, while 30% said it would be after two or more years of engagement. Older brides, on the other hand, are more likely to have a shorter engagement. 25% of brides who were over 45 told us that they’ll be married within a year of getting engaged.

Blowing the budget?

The survey also shows a link between the length of your engagement and how much you’ll be spending. It revealed that you're likely to spend more on your special day if you're engaged for longer. 45% of brides who will be engaged for between one to two years told us they’re spending over £10,000, the same amount spent by 38% of brides engaged for more than two years.

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The latest facts and figures

These planning trends were revealed in the WED2B 2018 Survey, one of the most comprehensive wedding surveys of its kind. Every year we send out thousands of questionnaires, so we can pinpoint the top wedding trends, discover the latest style ideas and inspire future brides to create the wedding of their dreams. More than 5,000 brides completed our latest survey back in December 2018, a 32% increase on our 2017 survey. To see how your wedding planning compares click here for the full report.

Saving for an extra special day

“It makes perfect sense that the longer couples are engaged, the more they’re likely to spend on their wedding," says Todd Cassidy, Managing Director of WED2B. "Our brides have worked hard and saved up to make their day extra special. We hope the WED2B 2018 Survey is both useful and informative to brides-to-be and the wider wedding industry.”

Want to know more? Click here to read the full WED2B 2018 Wedding Survey. Our 2019 wedding trends survey will be sent out to brides in summer 2019. If you'd like to take part please follow us on on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and keep an eye out for more details.