According to the 21st Century Bride survey carried out by Hitched (in collaboration with You & Your Wedding magazine), when it comes to popular wedding venues it’s all about finding something that is romantic and pastoral, with 28 per cent of the 3,300 couples asked choosing a barn or farm for their reception.
For the first time since the survey began, barn and farm venues have overtaken hotel venues for the top spot, although hotels and country houses were very close behind. And with couples in Britain now spending an average £32,000 on their big day – up from £27,161 last year – they are not afraid to splash out either. That’s great news for venues, which sees the biggest chunk of a couple’s budget at £5,221.
The royal wedding is one explanation for the rising cost of weddings, but the survey noted that people are tying the knot later in life, with the average age of a bride now 35 while the average groom is 37, both four years older than the previous year.