WED2B Wedding Trends 2018

With over 5,000 brides, our 2018 trends give an accurate picture of modern day engagements and wedding planning, revealing exactly what today’s brides want and how they plan the best day of their lives...

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Planning

  • 26-30 Years Old

    41%

    41% of brides that took part in the survey were aged between 26-30

  • Engaged over a year

    51%

    Just over half of brides who took part have been engaged for over a year

  • £5,000 - £10,000 Budget

    44%

    44% will be spending £5,000 - £10,000 on their wedding

  • 1-2 years of planning

    51%

    Couples are happy to wait for that walk down the aisle

Venue Planning

  • Getting Married Abroad

    15%

    15% of brides are heading overseas to say their vows

  • A Summer Wedding

    45%

    Summer is the most popular month to get married

  • 50-100 Guests

    55%

    Just over half of brides are wanting 50-100 guests

  • No Transport Needed

    49%

    Just below half of brides are planning to get ready at their venue

  • Indoor Ceremony

    76%

    76% of brides are planning to marry indoors

  • Married Between 12-5pm

    92%

    12 - 5pm is couples' favourite time to get married

  • 29%

    A Hotel is the top wedding venue for brides

Entertainment

  • Photobooth as an extra

    57%

    57% of brides are planning to have a photobooth

  • A DJ to provide music

    57%

    Majority of brides are booking a DJ

  • A wedding hashtag

    54%

    54% brides said yes to using a personalised #hashtag

Wedding Dress & Bridesmaids

  • 73%

    Four or Fewer Bridesmaids

    The average number of bridesmaids is four or less

  • A-Line Gown

    35%
  • Fishtail Gown

    23%
  • Ballgown

    18%
  • An A-line style is the winner when it comes to wedding dress shapes, fishtail styles aren’t far behind with ballgowns.

  • Pink bridemaids dresses

    27%

    Pink is out in front with blue for the most popular bridesmaids colour

  • 9-18 Months before the day

    46%

    The majority of brides will shop for their wedding dress 9-18 months before the big day

  • EMBROIDERED / LACEY GOWNS

    59%

    Most brides would love to find a dress with lace detailing

  • £501 - £700 WEDDING DRESS BUDGET

    50%

    ½ of brides plan to spend between £501-£700 on their dream dress

Make Up & Accessories

  • HAND TIED BOUQUET

    59%

    The classic hand tied bouquet is the most popular

  • IVORY WEDDING SHOES

    58%

    Over half of brides will be wearing classic ivory shoes

  • PROFESSIONAL MAKE UP

    75%

    Most brides will hire a professional make-up artist

  • UP DO HAIRSTYLE

    42%

    An up do hairstyle is the most popular option

  • COMB/PINS IN HAIR

    54%

    54% of brides wanted a comb/pins in their bridal hair

Decor Details

  • Rustic Wedding Theme

    36%

    Over a 1/3 of brides are having a rustic wedding theme

  • Wedding Bands £500 - £1000

    45%

    45% of brides are wanting to spend £500-£1,000 on wedding bands

  • Traditional Cake

    53%

    53% of brides are wanting a traditional wedding cake

  • Sit Down Dinner

    72%

    A sit down dinner style was the top choice

  • Champagne On Arrival

    61%

    61% of brides want to serve Champagne after the ceremony

  • Rehearsal Dinner

    12%

    Only 12% of brides are having a rehearsal dinner

Post Wedding

  • Beach Honeymoon

    64%

    A beach paradise honeymoon was the outright winner with 64%

  • Monetry Gift

    78%

    Only 11% of brides wanted gifts for the home with the majority hoping for money