More than half of couples are cutting back on their wedding plans due to the cost of living crisis

Almost two-thirds of couples are planning smaller, more sustainable weddings — including buying second-hand clothes and suits or renting them

Around 350,000 weddings will take place in 2022
Around 350,000 weddings will take place in 2022

Couples are downsizing their wedding plans due to the cost of living crisis — even opting for second-hand dresses and suits, a study has found.

The survey of 2,000 adults who are engaged or have been married in the past 10 years found that more than half (54%) cited the tough economy as a reason for cutting corners on their big day.

And nearly two-thirds (63%) of couples are planning smaller, more sustainable weddings to help protect both the planet and their wallets.

An estimated 350,000 weddings will take place in 2022, with couples choosing beloved centerpieces (24%), jewelry (16%) and even wedding dresses (20%).

The study found that another one in five (20%) brides-to-be plan to wear a second-hand dress on their big day.

But more than half of couples will try to cut costs on their big day, including by making their own decorations


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Listing data from circular economy platform Gumtree has shown that those who choose wedding dresses they love can snag them for an average of £380.25.

It also found that a quarter of brides-to-be (24%) are taking a page from Carrie Johnson’s book and renting their wedding dresses rather than buying them new.

And it’s not just brides, as more than half (51%) of grooms-to-be plan to buy or rent beloved outfits — as do 41% of bridesmaids and 52% of groomsmen.

Hannah Rouch, Chief Customer Officer at Gumtree, who commissioned the study, said: “Our research shows that not even marriages are immune to two of society’s biggest influences right now – climate change and the cost of living crisis.

“I would recommend anyone with an upcoming wedding to delve into second-hand websites for an easy way to find inspiration and some tried-and-true alternatives.”

The study found that future spouses can save money in other ways, including dropping the wedding planner (44%), having a friend photograph (28%), and doing their own hair and makeup (24%).

More than a quarter (27%) plan to get married off-season and 26% forget about a free bar to keep costs down.

And more than a third (34%) are getting creative and planning to make their own decorations – a fifth even make their own wedding cake (19%).

Wedding guests are also making choices to save on their wallets and the planet.

With the average person expected to attend three weddings over the next 12 months, it’s estimated they’ll be spending a whopping £367 per wedding – not to mention the 200+ miles to get there.

One in five even plans to bake their own wedding cake


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To reduce the burden, more than a third (36%) of guests plan to share cars, recycle a used outfit (34%) or buy their outfit second-hand (21%).

And a fifth (21%) of those surveyed via OnePoll plan to make a charitable donation instead of a new, expensive gift from a registrar.

However, some would rather avoid weddings at all costs – with 30% admitting they plan to turn down invitations to upcoming events and are concerned about the environmental impact (50%) or cost of the event (58%).

Of couples who have already married, over a quarter (27%) would encourage those getting married today to consider the environmental aspects of their big day, while 23% wish they had had a smaller, more intimate wedding.

Another 25% say they would rather have spent their money on travel, a home deposit (23%) and paying off their mortgage (22%) or bills (20%).

Gumtree’s Hannah Rouch added, “It’s wonderful to see couples come out creatively as a result.

“This could be by getting hands on and making your own cakes and decorations, or being clever and choosing options that are kind to the environment and your budget.”

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