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According to new research by, an average couple will put almost £17,000 toward their big day and this excludes the honeymoon cost.

This inspired OnBuy to conduct an experiment. The British marketplace discovered what you spend on your wedding day may depend on the first name of you and your partner.

OnBuy utilised a tool created by Adzuna, to achieve the figures. To create the tool 'ValueMyName' Adzuna, the job seeker search engine, took data from over 500,000 CVs uploaded to 'ValueMyCV' and extracted their first name and salary. This allowed the company to outlay a mean (average) salary for 1,200 first names.

What names did OnBuy input? Well, a recent report by ONS claims the average age for opposite-sex couples to get married today is 35 for women and 37 for men. This means those born in 1984 will be 34-years-old in 2018 and therefore getting ready to commit to their partners and get wedding planning!

The most popular girls' names of 1984 were then matched together with the most popular boys' names of 1984, and listed in order of highest to lowest combined salary, to surmise just how much couples could put toward their special day.


It was found, Claire and Richard are the highest earners on the list. If they decided to get hitched, they would revel in a shared salary of £73,756.

Similarly, if Sarah marries Mark, or Paul matches with Rachel, the wedding piggy bank is massive; supported by earnings of £72,214 and £71,930 respectively. Plus, analysis reveals this amount of money equates to an average saving time of just three months*, meaning they can spend an significant amount of money on the perfect venue, dress and wedding decorations.

Other top matches include Laura and David (£70,254), followed by Emma and Andrew (£70,083). But it isn't easy for everyone. Pairings like Victoria and Michael (£67,131) and Gemma and James achieve less together.

Balancing at the bottom of the list are couples like Samantha and Christopher, with a combined salary of £62,838. Followed by Rebecca and Matthew (£62,464) and lastly Amy and Daniel - sharing a total of £60,073.

This combined total for Amy and Daniel means there is a difference of £13,683 when compared to the dream wedding match of Claire and Richard. Plus, an extended saving time of up to five months*.

But, it's not all big salaries and lavish spending. Further data from Bridebook reveals, couples today are finding creative ways to reduce the cost of their wedding.

For example, the average couple will hire professionals only when it's necessary. 38% will ask for a homemade wedding cake by a friend, 65% of couples will opt for a paid bar rather than an open bar and up to 71% will hire a low-cost DJ rather than splash out on a live band.

The bride may now opt for a vintage or second-hand dress, as 5% already do and it is likely nuptials will take place any day other than Saturday - as this is when prices soar. However, unsavvy couples pay the price: it's thought 39% will overspend and of those who do, most will go over by 30% or less.

This isn't surprising, as OnBuy highlights some of the potential costs of a wedding according to Bridebook:

  • Venue £5,819
  • Catering £4,747
  • Flowers £777
  • Wedding Dress £1,329
  • Wedding Cake £318

What's more, your wedding price may even depend on your postcode! The most expensive regions to marry in the UK are London, at an average cost of £25,450, and South-East England, at an average cost of £17,333.

Whereas the least expensive regions to get married are Scotland (£13,683) and the East Midlands, at £13,461.

*Estimates based on the calculation couples are saving £17,000. This is the average wedding cost, excluding honeymoon, according to research by

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