Research from Debenhams has show that an increasing number of couples are now opting for winter weddings, in a bid to cut costs. With winter weddings up 28%, the week between Boxing Day and New Year is now as popular for weddings as the previous peak wedding week, the first week in July.
The change, thought to be because winter weddings attract lower costs, was discovered by Debenhams when they noticed an increasing number of wedding gift lists were being registered for weddings in November and December.
Ruth Attridge, Debenhams’ spokesperson said: “These days, a white wedding could easily mean the appearance of snow on the big day as much as the bride’s dress.
“By marrying in the colder winter months, a couple can save a considerable amount of money without losing any of the romance.
“In addition, unlike the expensive and wedding-heavy summer months, winter wedding guests are likely to be more generous when splashing out on wedding gifts.
As well as getting married in the winter, couples are also opting for Friday or Sunday weddings, as these are again less expensive than the traditional Saturday. Weddings abroad were also up 34% in a clear shift by the nation’s newlyweds to cut the costs surrounding their big day. With experts suggesting the average cost of a wedding now can exceed £20,000, it’s not surprising that couples are opting to save money in any way they can.