Wedding costs are up 3000% since the 1950s, according to new research from The Wedding Site.

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Our 1950s bride is Jean. Her whole family helped with all the wedding preparations, as she had just two weeks to plan the big day.

  • Average weekly wage – £9.55
  • Cost of the wedding – £70
  • Cost of the wedding dress – £8
  • Number of guests – 60
  • Location of the reception – South Hackney Church
  • Food Served – A cold buffet and dessert

1960s

Janet married in the 1960s. Her total wedding costs were just £60 and her charming wedding pictures perfectly reflect the swinging era.

  • Average weekly wage – £18.25
  • Cost of the wedding – £50
  • Cost of the wedding dress – £20
  • Number of guests – 60
  • Location of the reception – The local railway club
  • Food Served – Chicken salad

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In the 1970s, Bernie managed to achieve her dream day with weddings costs totaling just £100. Intimate and rather rock n roll, Mr and Mrs Shortt served steak and chips in the local pub.

  • Average weekly wage – £34.64
  • Cost of the wedding – £100
  • Cost of the wedding dress – £30
  • Number of guests – 15
  • Location of the reception – The local pub
  • Food Served – Steak or chicken, and chips

 

1980s

With the 1980s economy booming we saw more brides spending a higher percentage of their wages on their wedding celebrations. Nicky, spent 7 times the national weekly wage – something very familiar to brides today. In true 80’s style she served Black Forest gateaux – a staple pudding of the decade.

  • Average weekly wage – £145.88
  • Cost of the wedding – £1,150
  • Cost of the wedding dress – £120 (Hired)
  • Number of guests – 150
  • Location of the reception – A dance centre
  • Food Served – Prawn cocktail, chicken, potatoes, black forest gateaux

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Our 1990s bride, Claire, had a lot to live up to. The nation had become wedding obsessed, with films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Father of the Bride breaking box office records.

This is also the first time we come across weddings venues changing from local pubs or clubs to the larger and more glamorous hotels and country houses we recognise today.

  • Average weekly wage – £340.18
  • Cost of the wedding – £5,000
  • Cost of the wedding dress – £690
  • Number of guests – 80
  • Location of the reception – A countryside hotel
  • Food Served – Soup, duck or chicken and cheesecake

2000s

Our millennium bride is Holly Dunham. She spent four years planning her big day saving for the mounting wedding costs.

She was the only one of our brides to receive no financial help with her wedding costs.

  • Average weekly wage – £532.34
  • Cost of the wedding – £17,000
  • Cost of the wedding dress – £825
  • Number of guests – 96
  • Location of the reception – Family home
  • Food Served – Hog roast

All research done by the Wedding Site.

How much are your wedding costs so far? What did your parents spend when they got married and how does your budget compare?

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