Approximately 221,169 weddings to take place in 2018
19 Feb 2018
Online travel specialist Red7 has put together its predictions for 2018 wedding trends
Bespoke group travel specialist Red7 has used its data along with several other existing sources to put together its predictions for weddings in 2018.
Alongside the two royal weddings, it has calculated that 221,169 weddings will be conducted across England and Wales this year, with 2,916 taking place on May 19; the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Office of National Statistics has charted a downward trend in the number of weddings happening yearly, and the trend is due to continue through 2018.
On average, a bride chooses three of her closest friends and family members to be her bridesmaids, meaning there will be approximately 663,507 of them this year. Brides and bridesmaids will spend a combined total of 79 years getting their hair and make-up done – or 188 minutes per wedding – and £138,230,625 will be spent on bridesmaids’ dresses. In comparison, £26,739,332 will be spent on wedding dresses as the average amount spent on a dream dress decreases to £832.
2018 hens will be splashing out, spending a massive £5,652 on each hen party. With each bride having an average of 12 hens, costing an average of £180 each - and equating to approximately £1,250,047,188 in total for travel, accommodation, clothes, alcohol, food and activities throughout the year. Wedding guests are also set to splurge, with £530,805,600 expected to be spent on gifts this year.
Take a look at the infographic below for more information about Red7’s 2018 wedding predictions.