3 Things You Should Know About Weddings in the UK

Bride and groom kissingAre you planning to exchange I Do’s this year? You’re probably on the hunt for the perfect wedding dress and the ideal location for the big day.

In 2016, according to government statistics, about 24.1 million people in Wales and England tied the knot. That’s about 50.9 percent of people aged 16 years old and above. Weddings are most popular in The South West, followed by the South East, although London is much lower in the ranking. So, whether you’re looking for wedded bliss in West Bromwich or Bromley, here are three fun things to keep in mind when you are shopping for wedding dresses or looking for the perfect place to get hitched.

What Style of Wedding Dress?

Based on the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest wedding gown train in the world is 1.85 miles in length! And if you’re wondering, yes ‒ white and off-white are the most popular colours for wedding dresses, but other colours are creeping in. According to the Brides Facebook Poll, 14 percent of engaged women said they would wear wedding dresses in other colours. According to the UK Wedding Statistics 2017 report, the most popular wedding colours, as expected, were white or ivory, at 74 per cent. However, pink was the next most popular, followed by blue and purple.

How to Choose the Perfect Dress

And when it comes to choosing the perfect bridal gown, women spend a lot of time browsing through bridal shops on the internet and reading magazines before they decide the final design of their gowns. For example, based on the figures from a Brides magazine Facebook poll, about 59 per cent of brides took to Pinterest to help them find inspiration for the perfect wedding dress.

Wedding Locations

Now, when it comes to choosing the right location to exchange vows, 61 per cent of couples across the US said they were married in civil ceremonies. About 20 per cent choose to say ‘I Do’ in a hotel while 18 percent chose to do it in a manor house or country house. Thirteen per cent exchanged vows in a barn. And for the crème de la crème, only 3 per cent got married in a castle.

Looking for the perfect wedding dress can take time ‒ but don’t worry; the research will be worth it. And remember, it’s your dress so don’t let the opinions of others sway you. Happy hunting!