This is how much the average wedding costs in 2017

Do you really need five figures to make it a special day? [Photo: Pexels]

If you thought a couple of grand could get you your dream wedding, think again.

As it turns out that couples across the UK are forking out rather a lot for their big day – £27,161 on average.

According to a survey of 4,000 brides by hitched.co.uk, people are spending more than ever; a rise of 9.6% from last year and about as much as a house deposit.

Couple are taking finances into their own hands [Photo: Pexels]

The biggest expenditure is venue hire, setting couples back £4,354, while honeymoons are second on the list with an average spend of £3,630. Closely followed by food at £3,353.

Of course, these results vary depending on which region of the UK we’re talking about. Londoners (surprise, surprise) spend the most with the average wedding costing £33,884 in total, while couples from the Midlands spend an average of £25,915.

The venue will set you back a pretty penny [Photo: Pexels]

If you’re curious about engagement rings, the average one will set its buyer back £2,084 – up 17.6% from three years ago – with Londoners spending £3,133 and Midlands couples once again spending less at £1,810.

When it comes to where that money comes from, exactly, couples are no longer only looking to their parents for cash as 51% say they pay it themselves with a little contribution from the family, and 32% fund it themselves entirely.

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