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Attitudes towards Weddings - UK - December 2016

Published By :

Mintel

Published Date : Dec 2016

Category :

Lifestyle

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Nearly half of all adults have attended at least one part of a wedding/civil partnership celebration in the last three years, presenting opportunities for retailers to tap into the need for gifts and new clothes amongst future guests. The charity sector could also look to benefit from stronger associations with the highly emotive event, perhaps by encouraging more couples to ask for donations to a cause instead of - or even in addition to - a more conventional wedding gift.

Table of Contents

OVERVIEW
What you need to know

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
49% of Brits attend wedding celebrations as guests
Figure 1: Proportion of adults who have attended a wedding in the last three years, October 2016
Encouraging charitable donations
Figure 2: Types of gift given by guests who gave a wedding gift, October 2016
John Lewis tops wedding gift list suppliers
Figure 3: Retailers used as gift list provider for wedding, October 2016
Weddings prove expensive for guests too
Figure 4: Mean expenditure by wedding guests, October 2016
The high cost of attending stag and hen parties
Figure 5: Average amount spent on attending stag/hen parties, October 2016
Brides and grooms take inspiration from family members
Figure 6: Main sources of inspiration while planning weddings, October 2016
Food and drink tops list of priorities
Figure 7: Top wedding priorities, October 2016
Focusing on fun
Figure 8: Attitudes towards wedding planning, October 2016
Second hand wedding dresses
Figure 9: Attitudes towards wedding dresses amongst women, October 2016
What we think

ISSUES AND INSIGHTS
Tying the knot between weddings and charitable giving
The facts
The implications
Putting the fun in weddings
The facts
The implications

THE MARKET – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
 Number of marriages gradually falls
Religious weddings vs civil weddings
Cohabiting numbers rise
Same-sex marriages offer opportunities for new business
Financial situation impacts wedding plans
Who foots the bill?

MARKET DRIVERS
Number of marriages gradually falls
Figure 10: Number of marriages and divorces in England and wales, 1933-2013
Summer weddings continue to dominate
Figure 11: Number of marriages by month in England and Wales, 2003 and 2013
Religious weddings vs civil weddings
Figure 12: Marriages by ceremony type, England and wales, 1993 to 2013
Age people are getting married
Figure 13: Average age of first marriage in England and Wales, men and women, 1973-2013
Cohabiting numbers rise
Figure 14: Number of people cohabiting in the UK, 1996 -2012
Cohabiting before marriage
Figure 15: Cohabitation prior to marriage, by age of brides and grooms at time of marriage, 2013
Financial situation impacts wedding plans
Figure 16: Trends in current financial situation compared a year ago, September 2013-September 2016
Who foots the bill?
Figure 17: Who contributed financially to wedding plans, October 2016
Same-sex marriages provide opportunities for new business
Figure 18: Number of marriages of same-sex couples by month in England and Wales, 29 March 2014 to 30 June 2015

THE CONSUMER – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Media resources most likely to inspire brides
It’s all about the dress
Wedding reception factors top list of priorities
Focusing on fun
49% of Brits attend wedding celebrations as guests
The rising popularity of hen/stag parties
Cash is the most common gift given…
…although gift lists prove popular
Encouraging charitable donations
The high cost of attending weddings

SOURCES OF WEDDING INSPIRATION
Brides and grooms take inspiration from family members
Figure 19: Main sources of inspiration while planning weddings, October 2016
Media resources most likely to inspire brides
Figure 20: Main sources of inspiration while planning weddings, by gender, October 2016

WEDDING PLANNING PRIORITIES
Wedding reception factors top list of priorities
Figure 21: Top wedding priorities, October 2016
Figure 22: The Pizza Project, October 2016
Brides prioritise the perfect dress
Figure 23: Top five wedding priorities, by gender, October 2016
Figure 24: Whistles wedding dress range, October 2016

ATTITUDES TOWARDS WEDDING PLANNING
Weddings focus on fun
Figure 25: Attitudes towards wedding planning, October 2016
Keeping kids entertained
Figure 26: Attitudes towards wedding planning, cont., October 2016
Second hand wedding dresses
Figure 27: Attitudes towards wedding dresses amongst women, October 2016

WEDDING GUESTS – A DEMOGRAPHIC OVERVIEW
49% of Brits attend wedding celebrations as guests
Figure 28: Proportion of adults who have attended a wedding in the last three years, October 2016
Wedding guest lists skew younger
Figure 29: Proportion of adults who have attended wedding celebration events in the last three years, by age, October 2016
Wedding attendance rises alongside household income
Figure 30: Proportion of adults who have attended wedding celebration events in the last three years, by household income, October 2016
The rising popularity of hen/stag parties
Figure 31: Proportion of adults who have attended a hen/stag party in the last three years, by age and gender, October 2016
Guests' connection to marrying couple
Figure 32: Wedding guests’ connection to the marrying couple, October 2016
Religious vs civil services
Figure 33: Attendance at wedding event in the last three years, by connection to the marrying couple, October 2016

CHOOSING WEDDING GIFTS
Deciding what gift to give
Figure 34: Choosing what gift to give, October 2016
Younger guests turn to gift lists
Figure 35: Choosing what gift to give, by age of guest, October 2016
Cash proves most popular gift
Figure 36: Types of gift given by guests who gave a wedding gift, October 2016
Encouraging charitable donations
Figure 37: Oxfam Unwrapped gift service, October 2016
John Lewis tops wedding gift list suppliers
Figure 38: Retailers used as gift list provider for wedding, October 2016

THE COST OF ATTENDING A WEDDING
Weddings prove expensive for guests too
Figure 39: Mean expenditure by wedding guests, October 2016
Men outspend women on new clothes
Figure 40: Mean costs of attending a wedding, by gender, October 2016
Figure 41: Reiss.com’s menswear wedding shop section, October 2016
Close family spend most on attending wedding
Figure 42: Mean costs of attending a wedding, by guest’s relationship to couple, October 2016
The high cost of attending stag and hen parties
Figure 43: Average amount spent on attending stag/hen parties, October 2016
Figure 44: GoHen Hen party planning Facebook page, November 2016

GUESTS’ ATTITUDES TOWARDS ATTENDING WEDDINGS
Over three quarters of wedding guests favour cash gifts
Figure 45: Guests’ attitudes towards attending weddings, October 2016
71% of guests enjoy attending weddings
Figure 46: Guests’ attitudes towards attending weddings, October 2016
Guests keen to avoid wedding day expenses
Figure 47: Guests’ attitudes towards attending weddings, October 2016
Young adults interested in renting outfits
Figure 48: Proportion of adults interested in renting an outfit/accessories to wear to a wedding, by age and gender, October 2016

APPENDIX – DATA SOURCES, ABBREVIATIONS AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Abbreviations
Consumer research methodology

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