Weddingplan LogoSpecialist wedding insurer, Weddingplan, have recently released the results of their 2011 customer survey and they make for very interesting reading.

Weddingplan received over 500 responses to the survey in which they asked their customers about numerous aspects of their weddings including how long it took to plan, how much it cost, their themes and first dance songs.

Wedding Spend

Graph showing how long couples took to plan their weddingsThe average spend on a wedding, according to the Weddingplan survey, is broadly similar to that reported by us earlier in the year in our own study – £15,909 in 2011.

Weddingplan also report that the majority of a couple’s budget is spent on the venue, followed by the honeymoon.

Whilst the vast majority (80%) of couples are taking 6 months to 2 years to plan their weddings, 5% of couples are taking just 1 to 3 months to plan the big day!

Wedding Themes

The most popular wedding theme was Winter/Christmas with flowers, vintage, butterflies and beach also proving popular.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, first dance songs tend to mirror popular music of the previous year with Take That’s ‘Rule The World’ being the most popular choice in 2010 and Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ in 2011. Songs by Aerosmith, Snow Patrol and Michael Bublé are also still popular.

Wedding Insurance

The majority of respondents purchased their wedding insurance 6-12 months before the big day with nearly 20% leaving it as late as three months before! We always recommend wedding insurance be taken out as soon as you possibly can as that way you’ll make sure your deposits are covered as soon as you start paying them.

Graph showing what couples were most concerned about going wrongNearly half of all respondents were most concerned about the cancellation of their wedding due to unforeseen circumstances. Failure of suppliers was the next biggest pre-wedding fear and quite rightly so as this accounts for four of the top 10 most common wedding insurance claims.

Some couples even expressed a concern about the Best Man being responsible for getting the wedding dress to the venue – understandably so!

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