Weddings in the UK are big business - just ask anyone who’s ever been involved in one. And with the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19th May, everyone in the UK officially has royal wedding fever – well, at least those of us not tuning into the FA Cup final instead!
It seems that many of us are very happy to spend big on a wedding, with the average cost of a UK wedding coming in at between £10,000 and £15,000. This is certainly good news for the wedding industry in the UK, where there are currently 4,713 wedding-related services who are generating a modest £890,712,500 between them.
After it was revealed that Harry and Meghan will be getting married at Windsor Castle, we started thinking about the UK wedding industry as a whole and the businesses that are involved in the run-up to the weddings of those who aren’t royalty!
Using the Blue Sheep UKBU (UK Business Universe™), we researched a range of wedding services such as venues, photographers, and dressmakers to get a feel of the industry and to see just how much cash is circulating in the wonderful world of weddings!
Location, location, location
Everyone wants to get married in their dream venue, so it’s only fitting to see that there is a range of places that cater to the varying tastes of the UK’s population.
Traditionally in the UK weddings have taken place in a church, but more and more of us are now choosing civil ceremonies. Data shows that in 2017, 61% of couples married in civil ceremonies – and of those, 20% chose a hotel, 18% married in a country house, 13% said ‘I do’ in a barn and 3% tied the knot in a castle!
Studying the UKBU shows that, outside of London, there are an abundance of civil venues – 184 to be precise, with a combined turnover of £154,642,500. The UKBU also revealed that if the love of your life is from the south east region, you have more civil venues to choose from than in any other region, with 49 of them. Other regions with a wide variety are the east midlands which has 36, and the south west which is home to 30 venues.
Take a picture, it’ll last longer
It’s always important to get some snaps of the big day, which is why many of us hire an experienced professional to come along and do their thing. It seems to be a recurring theme that the south east is a very wedding-happy area, because the region boasts 986 photographers who generate a combined turnover of £116m, followed by the east midlands with 667 photographers and then Greater London with 653.
You might have a tough time booking up a photographer if you live on the Isle of Man or Shetland Isles however, which have just ten and three professional photographers respectively.
Dressing up for the big day
We all want to look our very best on the big day, which certainly works in favour for gym memberships and personal trainers. This desire to look our very best is also felt by the UK’s dressmakers. There are 522 of them who are operating in an industry that turns over £144,247,500 - and 81 of them can be found in Greater London alone!
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We’ve established that as a country we LOVE a wedding – and indeed a royal wedding! After all, what could be better than seeing a union of your loved ones whilst enjoying some great food, music and (if the happy couple are feeling generous) a free bar?
However, despite digging up some interesting statistics about the UK’s wedding industry, we’ve barely scratched the surface with Blue Sheep’s UKBU capabilities. For more information on how the UKBU enables marketers to analyse limitless, accurate data and assess their market share, review new markets and so much more, speak to our team today for more information.
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