Traditionally, wedding season in the UK extends from late May to September, with summer months proving most popular to promised lovers. Yet, it is spring which brings a flurry of invites through the letterbox! With wedding venue hire among one of the highest costs to couples; at an average of £5,819, Golfsupport.com took to exploring the UK’s favourite spring wedding destinations. To achieve this, the British company analysed Bridebook’s The UK Wedding Report 2017 which contains data from nearly 4,000 newlyweds disclosing details on their nuptials.
Golfsupport.com found those getting hitched are increasingly more likely to opt for venues which provide an ‘all-in-one’ package, with 59% of ceremonies taking place in the reception venue in 2017 (a 6% increase on 2016.) Savvy newlyweds also note venues which include a food and drink service is a cost-effective way to wed, with the potential to save up to £1,000 by choosing a package of this type. For this reason, venues with in-house catering are 56% more popular than dry-hire venues.
Further, the foremost deciding factors when booking a venue are: “Stunning” Views, Professional and Friendly Staff, Value for Money and Flexibility to Personalise Wedding with Suppliers/Styling. It is expected couples will make an average 5.4 venue enquiries and 2.8 thorough venue visits, including a walk-round tour, before booking.
When breaking down the data to showcase the most popular wedding venues by season, Golf Support found Sporting Venue or Stadium (63%) to be the number one choice for a spring wedding venue, followed by Museum or Attraction (32%) and Warehouse or Factory (32%.)
A selection which indicates couples who choose a spring wedding are adventurous and one-of-a-kind!
Other top-picks include Castle (30%), Stately Home (29%) and Golf Course – at 28%.
Gary Swift, managing director of Golfsupport.com comments:
“Spring is a wondrous time of year and to discover so many newlyweds opt to wed at a sporting venue or stadium is a lovely surprise. It may not be the conventional choice but it is certainly a memorable one. Plus, venues of this kind are built for purpose. Often, they are easy to access, suited to house a merry crowd, and offered at the best-price, where a value deal can often be struck!”
A full breakdown of the most popular wedding venues by season can be found here: