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Fit for a queen? The increasing cost of wedding celebrations throughout the Jubilee years

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on May 30th, 2012 0 comments yet. Be the First

Many of today’s brides and grooms have a desire to turn back time and opt for 1920s or 1950s styled weddings, so we though what more fitting for The Queen’s Jubilee to look at how things have changed since the coronation.

The cost of weddings has increased a whopping 300% since Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1952. So have OTT celebrity shindigs and recent royal weddings, added more pressure on couples today to put on a spectacular wedding compared to their lace-loving predecessors?

New wedding planning website,, believes there definitely is. To prove this they have spoken to three couples who share their weddings with The Queen’s celebratory reign, and have kindly shared them with us.

The first couple, Rebecca and Adam are getting married during the Jubilee celebrations this coming weekend and have a £18,000 budget that reflect perfectly the extraordinary budgets brides work to nowadays. Couple two is Jackie and Chris Collins who were married in 1977 and whose psychedelic wedding pictures certainly reflect the era. And finally the 1952 couple, Peter and Jean Mercer, whose family all chipped in to help make their wedding day more affordable – hang on doesn’t this happen now??!

Geeta Randev, Chief Planner at WeddingSite says, “The notion around marriage has significantly changed in the last 60 years. In the 1950’s weddings were formal affairs, held in local town halls, with close family and friends, and a buffet dinner. Marriage signified an approval to cohabit with your partner and start a family. Today, weddings come with the need for wedding planners, endless choices for wedding dresses, individuality and a strong influence from celebrity weddings. Weddings have simply evolved – and are now big business.”

Take a look at the gallery below to see how the times have changed since 1952…

Cost of wedding

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2012- £18,000
1977- £800
1952- £70

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