One of the most common questions we’re asked, as a top event planning concierge service, is:

“How much should I be paying for that?”

When it comes to planning a wedding, we know it can be difficult to set your budget, and almost impossible to know how much things should cost on your big day. Although it’s a really important step in your wedding checklist.

To help you out, we’ve done the maths to find out the average prices for wedding event services, based on the events suppliers booked through our catalogue last year.

In 2018, Poptop served nearly 10,000 brides and grooms. We tracked the costs of the services each happy couple booked, including everything from wedding transport and food, to music bands and photo booths.

Use our infographics to help you calculate the budget* for your big day, whether you want a stunning, out-of-the-box event, or something totally bespoke to you.

Note: these are the average costs from our data set, so you may want to factor in +/-20% when working out your budget.

Let’s start with our most popular event services: Musical Entertainment

A party isn’t a party without some tunes, and whether you want a classical vibe with a string quartet, or something a little different like a jazz or steel drum band, we have musical entertainment suppliers to suit every budget.

Based on the couples we served last year, a solo Bagpiper or Saxophonist comes in at the lower end of the budget scale, while you’ll have to relax the purse strings if you want a Soul & Motown Band, or a Pop Rock Cover Band.

Our personal favourite, the Mariachi band, is likely to set you back around £600.

Another essential for any wedding day – Catering

A standard, three-course, sit-down dinner costs around £25 per person. This can feel like an expensive option, and we’re seeing lots of weddings taking a more informal approach and bringing in some fantastic food vans to feed their guests.

As well as the ever-popular ice cream and candy carts, we’re seeing a huge demand for fish and chip vans, burger vans, and even a full hog roast – delicious!

Based on our data, average prices range from £5 to £15 per person, so a catering van can be a great cost saver on your big day. Add in a mobile bar, at roughly £6 a head, and you’re all set for that perfect festival wedding vibe! Find and book the best food suppliers in your area with Poptop.

As well as food and music, there’s a huge amount of demand for other Entertainment, Photography and Transport services.

Dancers and other entertainers, like caricaturists and close-up magicians, typically cost between £300 and £400, and are a great way to give your guests a memorable day. If you’re looking for something a little different, take a look through our suppliers’ catalogue for the best entertainers in your region.

A wedding photographer to capture all those special moments is essential, and you can expect to pay an average of £850 for a photographer’s services. You can also get a photo booth that your guests are sure to love, for around £350.

When it comes to transport, the sky really is the limit, but a luxury car is typically £550. If you want a more extravagant vintage ride, the average cost of a vintage car, booked through us in 2016, was £350.

It can be difficult to know where to start when planning your event, so we hope these infographics help you make a start. Don’t forget, our highly-qualified Poptop concierges are on hand to help you find the best suppliers for your event and budget. Click here to get started.