Ingredients for a perfect wedding REVEALED – including exact number of guests, how much to spend & where to hold it

The factors to have a perfect wedding have been revealed including the exact number of guests, the amount of money spent and the venue.

A study of 1,000 adults who were wedding guests was conducted by OnePoll.

The secret to a perfect wedding has been revealed


The secret to a perfect wedding has been revealedCredit: BBC
Ultimate Wedding Planner Jury Raj Somaiya, Sara Davies and Fred Sirieix


Ultimate Wedding Planner Jury Raj Somaiya, Sara Davies and Fred SirieixCredit: PA

It was found that the perfect wedding was attended by 60 guests, took place in a castle, and delivered a speech that was only six minutes long.

It also shows that the optimal amount to spend on a wedding gift is £50.15.

When it comes to choosing a location, the traditional location of the church is preferred by only 15% of visitors, while 30% choose the castle – making it more popular than a stately home (27%) and beach. sea ​​(20). percent).

Overseas weddings are divisive with 34% favoring attending a wedding outside the UK.

Italy (21%), Maldives (15%), Greece (14%), and Spain (13%).

The all-you-can-eat buffet (50%) was the top food choice, while 30% said they’d rather sit outside from different food carts.

In fact, 35% think the regular 3-course meal is outdated.

However, for those wanting a more formal sit-in, Sunday roast was the most popular at 35%, followed by fish and chips (23%) and BBQ (17%).

Cheesecake (20 percent), Eton mix (10 percent) and sticky toffee pudding (8 percent) make the perfect dessert menu.

When it comes to sweets, more than a third (36%) of guests don’t want a wedding cake.

Wedding expert Raj Somaiya, judge on Ultimate Wedding Planner, a show produced by BBC Studios currently airing on BBC Two, said: “It’s not easy to plan the perfect day.

“You have guests from different generations from all walks of life, from grandparents to schoolmates and everyone needs to be entertained.

“Weddings have evolved a lot over the years and they’re constantly evolving so it’s hard to please everyone.

“That is to say, our research has produced some interesting results, with traditional church weddings being only the sixth most popular venue for guests – after castles, ornate homes. parks, beaches, hotels and even botanical gardens.”

Raj Somaiya, who judges alongside Fred Sirieix and Sara Davies on the show, added: “Over the past decade, and especially after the pandemic, people have rethinked how they want to get married.


  1. Relaxing atmosphere – 57%
  2. Laughter – 51 percent
  3. Good music – 48%
  4. Good food – 47%
  5. Not too serious – 35%
  6. Alcohol – 33 percent
  7. A discreet photographer – 30%
  8. Think carefully about the seating plan – 28%
  9. Speeches that included humorous revelations about the couple – 23%
  10. A live band – 23%
  11. Full prepaid bar – 23 percent
  12. Tears of happiness – 20 percent
  13. Late night snacks – 18%
  14. Gorgeous dress – 18%
  15. Cocktails – 16 percent

“We are moving away from the traditional wedding and adding a more personal approach.

“Without strict frameworks, couples don’t have to follow standards. My advice is to have the wedding as you want, not just follow what the previous generation did.

“What was once popular may not always be popular, which is important to remember. The more personalized the couple, the better and more memorable it is for guests.”

Research shows that more than 1 in 10 people would prefer to attend a vintage themed wedding.

Christmas (10%), fairy tales (10%) and even 1920s events (8%) rank among the top wedding theme picks.

For those looking forward to having a wedding in the future, they also want to give up some traditions.

Not inviting the entire extended family (58%), getting married in a church (53%), letting the men speak only (49%) and seeing off the bride (36%) are the top traditions that will be sidelined road.

The survey also revealed a host of songs Britons think should be banned at weddings – including Carl Douglas’ Kung Fu Fighting, Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive and Village People’s YMCA.

Beyonce’s Single Ladies and Los Del Rio’s Macarena are other songs that should be redlisted by wedding DJs.

Raj Somaiya added: “More than ever, we see couples really think about the overall guest experience and come up with their own unique approach to their day.

“However, trying to please everyone else on your wedding day can be a slippery slope – research shows that not everyone agrees with what you do.

“The most important thing of the day is who you are going to marry – make sure you don’t lose anything important.

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“Planning a wedding can be difficult, but the most important thing is your love and future. This is the first day of the rest of your life!”

Ultimate Wedding Planner continues on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC Two and is available on iPlayer.

Research shows that the perfect wedding has 60 guests in attendance


Research shows that the perfect wedding has 60 guests in attendanceCredit: PA
The optimal amount to spend on a wedding gift is £50.15


The optimal amount to spend on a wedding gift is £50.15Credit: BBC

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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