Couples now wait three years to get married due to rising wedding costs

A new poll has found that couples stay engaged for an average of three years before they get married, due to the rise in wedding costs.

According to, a survey by has found that ten years ago, couples only waited 11 months to get married, now that has risen to three years. The survey also found the average cost of a wedding has shot up from £9,500 to £19,700 in the space of ten years.

The poll consisted of 1,903 couples who had married a year ago and 1,872 couples who got married ten years ago to compare the differences. Around 74 per cent of the couples who had married a year ago wished they could have got married sooner, but admitted they had to have a longer engagement to save up enough money for their dream day.

A change in traditions has also seen couples who get married these days are four times more likely to pay for their own weddings, which is possibly the reason why it takes them so long to save up. Wedding costs include a wedding reception venue, clothing, catering, rings, hen and stag parties and the honeymoon.

Spokeperson for, George Charles, said: “The results of our study really do highlight the pressure that young couples are under these days to have the dream ‘fairy-tale wedding’ that can better friends” and family members’ previous attempts. After analysing the findings, I can’t help but wonder if, instead of tradition focused on promising to devote your life to one person for eternity, a wedding is now considered to be a very expensive party or popularity contest.,” reports