The Paper Themes Wedding Survey 2013

Over the past two months, we've interviewed 500 brides and brides-to-be about their weddings and wedding plans. The aim of the survey was to try get a better understanding of past, present and future trends in the UK wedding industry. 

The survey turned up some really interesting results, of which the raw data is presented below. We'll be drilling down into some of the findings over the coming months and reporting on the findings on our blog.

We're more than happy for journalists and bloggers to use results from the survey. We would ask though that you credit Paper Themes (and link back to the website) and to let us know!

On which day did/will your wedding take place?

 

 

Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Saturday 59.40% 297
Sunday 7.60% 38
Monday 2.60% 13
Tuesday 2.00% 10
Wednesday 4.00% 20
Thursday 5.80% 29
Friday 15.80% 79
Don't Know 2.80% 14

What kind of venue were you/will you be married in?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Church 34.20% 171
Mosque 0.60% 3
Temple 0.40% 2
Registry Office 10.00% 50
Hotel 26.60% 133
Outdoor Venue 10.00% 50
Other, please specify 18.20% 91

How far from your home was/is your wedding venue?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Less than 5 miles 29.40% 147
5 - 10 miles 25.20% 126
10 – 50 miles 26.20% 131
50 – 100 miles 8.80% 44
Over 200 miles 3.20% 16
Overseas 6.20% 31
I don't know 1.00% 5

Did you/Do you intend to send 'Save the Date' cards?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Yes 57.40% 287
No 37.00% 185
Don't Know 5.60% 28

Would you consider sending Wedding Invitations by email?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Yes 12.80% 64
No 71.40% 357
Maybe 15.00% 75
Don't Know 0.80% 4

Would you consider sending your Wedding Invitations via social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Yes 6.40% 32
No 86.40% 432
Maybe 6.60% 33
I don't know 0.60% 3

Were your / Are Your Wedding invitations to be...

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Handmade by you? 25.40% 127
Handmade by a friend? 5.00% 25
Handmade by a company? 18.00% 90
Professionally printed for you? 32.20% 161
Pre-printed, from a shop? 6.60% 33
Sent by email? 1.00% 5
Sent by social media? 0.00% 0
Don't Know 9.20% 46
Other, please specify 2.60% 13

How did you/do you intend to arrive at your wedding venue?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
By car 68.40% 342
By horse & carriage 2.40% 12
By helicopter 0.20% 1
On a motorcycle 0.40% 2
On horseback 0.60% 3
By boat 1.00% 5
On foot 3.20% 16
Stayed the night 18.00% 90
I don't know 3.00% 15
Other, please specify 2.80% 14

It’s traditional for the bride to be ‘late’ for her big day. How many minutes ‘late’ were you? (Skip this question if you are yet to be married)

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (147)
I was early! 10.20% 15
I was on time 40.82% 60
less than 15 minutes 35.37% 52
15 - 30 minutes 9.52% 14
30 - 45 minutes 1.36% 2
45 - 60 minutes 0.68% 1
Over an hour! 0.00% 0
If over an hour, please specify 2.04% 3

It's traditional in the UK to wear something old, new, borrowed & blue on you wedding day. Did you / do you intend to wear... (tick all that apply)

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
something old? 82.60% 413
something new? 87.20% 436
something borrowed? 74.20% 371
something blue? 80.00% 400
None of the above. 9.40% 47

Did you / Do you intend to have a Maid of Honour?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Yes 57.40% 287
No 38.80% 194
I don't know 3.80% 19

Was / Is the Best Man the Groom’s...

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Best friend 64.00% 320
Brother 24.40% 122
Other, please specify 11.60% 58

Did you / Do you intend to have a Page Boy?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Yes 35.60% 178
No 61.00% 305
I don't know 3.40% 17

Did you / Do you intend to have a flower girl?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Yes 46.40% 232
No 51.60% 258
I don't know 2.00% 10

Who did / Who will invite the most guests?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
The bride 32.00% 160
The groom 14.40% 72
Equal numbers 50.00% 250
I don't know 3.60% 18

What was / What is the main colour scheme of your wedding?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Purple 11.60% 58
Violet 2.00% 10
Lilac 4.20% 21
Pink 10.80% 54
Red 4.40% 22
Ruby Red 1.00% 5
Burgundy 3.60% 18
Light Blue 3.60% 18
Navy Blue 6.60% 33
Royal Blue 4.00% 20
Mint 2.20% 11
Dark Green 1.40% 7
Light Green 1.80% 9
Lime Green 0.40% 2
Yellow 2.00% 10
Orange 0.80% 4
Brown 0.80% 4
Beige 0.40% 2
Gold 2.00% 10
Silver 1.40% 7
Cream / Ivory 7.00% 35
White 2.20% 11
Black 0.60% 3
Grey 1.80% 9
No colour scheme 9.20% 46
Other, please specify 14.20% 71

What were / are to be the main flowers in your wedding bouquet?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Roses 51.00% 255
Peonies 10.00% 50
Orchids 4.80% 24
Calla Lillies 8.20% 41
Lily of the Valley 4.20% 21
Hydrangeas 7.00% 35
Stephanotis 1.60% 8
Tulips 3.20% 16
Ranunculus 1.60% 8
Sweet Peas 4.20% 21
Gardenias 1.60% 8
I don't know 17.80% 89
Other, please specify 11.40% 57

What kind of wedding cake did you / are you planning to have?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Fruit cake 14.20% 71
Sponge cake 14.60% 73
Chocolate cake 6.60% 33
Mixed tiers 47.80% 239
A 'naked' cake 3.40% 17
Individual cupcakes 6.60% 33
Other, please specify 6.80% 34

What kind of table centers did you / do you intend to have at your wedding breakfast?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Flower arrangements 40.60% 203
Cut flowers 5.60% 28
Potted plants 2.00% 10
Candles/Candelabras 19.20% 96
Storm Lanterns 2.80% 14
Goldfish Bowls 6.20% 31
Bird Cages 5.00% 25
Balloons 2.20% 11
Glass Jars 6.60% 33
Wine Bottles 0.80% 4
Other, please specify 9.00% 45

What kind of wedding favours did you / do you intend to have?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Sugared Almonds 7.20% 36
Chocolates 13.80% 69
Mints 1.40% 7
Sweets 24.60% 123
Cupcakes 3.40% 17
Cake-pops 1.40% 7
Fortune cookies 1.40% 7
Spirit Miniatures 5.80% 29
Candles 5.60% 28
Lottery tickets 3.00% 15
Scratch cards 2.00% 10
Other, please specify 30.40% 152

What entertainment did you / will you have at your evening reception? (tick all that apply)

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
DJ / Disco 60.00% 300
Live band 40.00% 200
Singer 7.60% 38
Magician 5.40% 27
Comedian 1.00% 5
Cabaret act 0.60% 3
Dancers 1.80% 9
Karaoke 1.60% 8
Photo booth 17.40% 87
Other, please specify 11.60% 58

What kind of gifts did you / do you intend to request?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Store gift list 19.00% 95
Own gift list 4.80% 24
Gift vouchers 5.00% 25
Holiday vouchers 12.00% 60
Money 24.60% 123
Charitable donation 1.20% 6
Let guests decide 18.60% 93
Requested no gifts 7.00% 35
I don't know 5.40% 27
Other, please specify 2.40% 12

Did you send ‘Thank You’ cards to all your guests? (if you are not yet married, you can skip this question)

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (160)
Yes 77.50% 124
No 10.62% 17
We sent some 8.75% 14
I can't remember 3.12% 5

Did you invite / Do you intend to invite children to your wedding?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Yes 46.00% 230
No 13.40% 67
Close family children only 31.20% 156
Selected children only 8.60% 43
I don't know 0.80% 4

Did you have / Do you intend to have your speeches before or after your wedding breakfast?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Before 38.40% 192
After 43.60% 218
No speeches 10.40% 52
I don't know 7.60% 38

What style of music was your first dance?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Pop 31.80% 159
Rock 8.20% 41
Soft Rock 9.20% 46
Rock & Roll 2.80% 14
Jazz 2.20% 11
R&B 4.60% 23
Blues 0.80% 4
Folk 3.00% 15
Swing 2.60% 13
Classical 3.20% 16
Disco 0.80% 4
Easy Listening 8.00% 40
Folk 2.80% 14
Reggae 1.20% 6
Electronic 0.20% 1
Latin 0.20% 1
Rap 0.80% 4
Country 2.00% 10
Other, please specify 15.60% 78

How will you / How do you intend to record your big day? (tick all that apply)

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Professional Photographer 84.60% 423
Professional Video 23.00% 115
Photography by a friend 18.80% 94
Video by a friend 16.80% 84
Disposable Cameras 22.20% 111
Collecting guests photographs 29.60% 148
Smart phones/tablets 12.60% 63
I don't know 1.80% 9
Other, please specify 1.80% 9

Did you / Will you update your social media profiles during your wedding e.g. Twitter, Facebook etc.? (tick all that apply)

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
No 79.80% 399
Facebook 18.60% 93
Twitter 5.80% 29
Instagram 5.40% 27
Other, please specify 3.00% 15

Were any family members or friends upset by your wedding plans? (if you are not yet married, you can skip this question)

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (392)
Yes, family 17.09% 67
Yes, friends 0.77% 3
Yes, both family & friends 4.85% 19
No 48.98% 192
I don't know 28.32% 111

What was/is the overall cost/budget of your wedding? (excluding your honeymoon)

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Less than £1,000 4.40% 22
£1,000 - £2,500 5.60% 28
£2,500 - £5,000 11.00% 55
£5,000 - £7,500 14.20% 71
£7,500 - £10,000 14.20% 71
£10,000 - £12,500 12.20% 61
£12,500 - £15,000 10.60% 53
£15,000 - £17,500 6.20% 31
£17,500 - £20,000 6.40% 32
Over £20,000 9.80% 49
I don't know 5.40% 27

Was / Will your Honeymoon be...

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
straight after the wedding 17.20% 86
a few days after the wedding  46.60% 233
a few weeks after the wedding 6.20% 31
a few months after the wedding 7.20% 36
just a 'mini-moon' 3.80% 19
a 'Mini-moon' followed by a Honeymoon 8.00% 40
no honeymoon 3.60% 18
I don't know 5.80% 29
Other, please specify 1.60% 8

What was/is the overall cost/budget of your Honeymoon?

  Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Less than £1,000 15.20% 76
£1,000 - £2,500 26.20% 131
£2,500 - £5,000 29.80% 149
£5,000 - £7,500 9.60% 48
£7,500 - £10,000 4.20% 21
£10,000 - £12,500 1.40% 7
£12,500 - £15,000 0.00% 0
£15,000 - £17,500 0.00% 0
£17,500 - £20,000 0.20% 1
Over £20,000 0.40% 2
I don't know 13.00% 65

What was the theme of your wedding?


Total (% & freq col)
100.00% (500)
Percentage
Beach 8 1.6%
Vintage 124 24.8%
Butterflies 7 1.4%
Classic 20 4.0%
Country Garden 33 6.6%
None 80 16.0%
Flowers 5 1.0%
Garden 7 1.4%
Love 7 1.4%
Purple 5 1.0%
Rustic 11 2.2%
Simple 7 1.4%
Traditional 28 5.6%
Vintage  6 1.2%
Winter 9 1.8%
Other 143 28.50%
  500 100.0%