Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton on the news of their engagement. They may be plumping for a summer wedding, but our research has shown that the rest of us are watching the coffers and opting for a cheaper winter wedding instead.
Winter weddings are up 28 per cent with the week of Sunday 26th December, which includes Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve, now as popular as the first week in July, previously known as the peak wedding week.
The change was noted when the Debenhams Gift List service experienced a record number of couples registering lists in September and October for weddings taking place from November through to February.
Ruth from our press office tells us “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.
Booking a wedding on a Friday or Sunday, rather than the standard Saturday, has also increased in popularity with brides and grooms looking to cut costs.
We’ll be watching how the plans are coming along for the royal wedding, and so will our product editor Ken – he’s getting hitched next summer too. Let’s just hope his lady doesn’t get too much inspiration from Kate Middleton or the cost of his wedding could fly out of control.