Average British Weddings, or so Google tells us

When should you start planning your wedding? (according to Google) As the summer wedding season starts for many of us, many people may be wondering about the planning process of the big day and what an average wedding looks like. We have teamed up with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of luxury engagement rings, to analyse Google search data and find out more about the planning process of a British wedding.

‘wedding venues’

When looking at the keyword research over the past 3 years, the peaks in the search volume regarding ‘wedding venues’ occur in the month of January of each year. Often, choosing a wedding venue is at the start of the wedding planning process as a venue can become fully booked more than a year in advance. This suggests that people begin to actively plan their wedding at the start of the year — in 2017, almost 1,500,000 searches were made around wedding venues in January.

The lowest search volume around this term occurs in December (this was 658,800 in 2016). It is likely that this is when people are more focussed on Christmas festivities than wedding planning. Another explanation for this is that couples become engaged over the Christmas period and begin to plan their wedding the month after — the peaks in searches for ‘engagement rings’ can be seen in December each year.

‘wedding florists’

It appears that people begin to choose their wedding flowers in March time. From 2014 to 2017, this is when the greatest peaks were for people searching ‘wedding florists’ (aside from in 2015 when February saw the highest search levels). In 2016, around 1,200,000 people searched for the term — suggesting that deciding on wedding flowers occurs around 2-3 months after they’ve secured a venue.

When it comes to pricing, the average monthly searches over the past year for ‘cheap wedding flowers’ was 720. This was over 70 times more than those who searched for ‘expensive wedding flowers’.

‘wedding invitations’

Similar to the searches for ‘wedding venues’, people search for ‘wedding invitations’ around January — supporting the idea that this when people begin to actively plan the big day. More people are searching for wedding invitations through their mobile in recent years. Between 2016 and 2017, 61.1% of searches for this term were conducted through a mobile, this is almost 20% more than between the years 2014 and 2015. Searches on a tablet however, fell by over 10%, perhaps more people have made the transition to a smartphone since 2014.

Overall, less people are using the internet to search for wedding invitations. Between 2014 and 2015, the number of searches around the term was 90,500 and this fell to 74,000 between 2016 and 2017. This could be explained by the rise in the use of social media for wedding inspiration or the fact that 56% of brides surveyed in 2017 said that they made their own invitations according to Confetti.

‘wedding planners’

According to Google, less people are conducting searches about wedding planners. This could be due to people organising the wedding themselves or with the help of family and friends.

From 2014 to 2017, most people were searching for ‘wedding planners’ in the month of January. In January 2014, around 1,500,000 searches were made around this term and in January 2017 this had fallen by close to 4,000.

Those living in London, Birmingham and Glasgow made the most searches for ‘wedding planners’ between 2016 and 2017. Although these cities are among those with the highest population, Glasgow has around 900,000 less residents than Manchester, yet 0.2% more searches came from the city.

‘wedding dresses’

Overall, it appears that there are more people searching for wedding dresses online than in the past. The searches around this term have risen by around 500,000 between 2014 and 2015. More people are using their phones to search for their perfect dress too — between 2016 and 2017, 66.3% of searches were carried out on a smartphone. Between 2015 and 2014, this figure was 44.6%.

When looking at search volume, around 3 times more searches were made for ‘wedding dresses’ than ‘wedding flowers’. This suggests that people may prefer to visit the florist in person or may be finding out about florists through word of mouth. 

‘wedding rings’

More people are turning to the internet when it comes to searching for wedding rings, search around the term have increased by around 400,000 from 2014 to 2017 — with most of the searches being made in December.

When comparing the search for men and women’s rings, it appears as though people turn to Google more when they are looking for a men’s wedding ring. Over the past year, ‘men’s wedding ring’ was searched for on average 22,200 times per month and ‘wedding rings for women’ was searched for 8,100. Considering the variation of women’s wedding rings compared to men it could be explained by a women’s preference to choose their ring in person.

So, it appears as though the wedding planning process truly gets underway around January — following a surge of engagements across the festive period. More of us are using our phone when choosing a wedding dress and those living in London are more likely to sit back and let someone else deal with the stress of planning the big day!

 

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Sources

https://www.confetti.co.uk/wedding-statistics/uk-wedding-statistics-2017

How I do my big Spring clean……

When it comes to cleaning our house, it’s just not something I am very good at. Don’t get me wrong my house is clean and tidy but not show home standards. Unlike my best friend’s house, that is always immaculate and with 3 young boys living at home I have no idea how she does it. Anyway, I like to think of my house it as lived in! My hubby would say ‘we have too much clutter’. I however like it, I think my French dresser is what he refers too, because it is full of things that the children have made and my gorgeous collection of Emma Bridgewater items, including my very much love Royal mugs.

spring-cleaning

The kitchen in our house is connected to the open plan family area. It’s a great space that gets used more than any other room in the house. We entertain friends in there, as it has large patio doors leading out to the garden. Perfect for popping in to top up drinks.

As most of my readers will know, we have big dreams for our forever home, but until that dream becomes a reality I will just have to make do with what we have. Like many homes across the country this time of year is always about the big Spring clean, this year I’m going for the BIG Spring clean for the kitchen space before moving, probably slowly around the rest of the house.

My big kitchen spring clean

The kitchen is the space in our house that is continuously in use, so it also gets cleaned daily. The worktops get wiped down a few times a day as meals and drinks are prepared there. However for my BIG spring clean, everything is come out.

Starting with the cupboards, our plate cupboard is still full of plastic bits from when the children were little. So removing all of the plates, bowls, side plates, pasta bowls sorting out anything that is just not used any more. Cleaning all of the shelf’s then returning everything nice, clean and neatly. I like to keep some of the children’s plastic plates and bowls so when they have a picnic in the garden or they have friends round I’m not so worried about them getting broken.

On to the food cupboards, removing everything throwing away anything that is out of date. For some reason we always seem to have a packet or tin of something I thought was a good idea at the time and just never used it, please tell me I am not alone in that? I wipe everything down and place back in, then try to make a little shopping list of the items that need replacing or that we have ran out of.

The glass cupboard is next, I love my jam jar style glasses however, they all have handles on them which means they do not sit well in the cupboard. So, this year I have given a couple to my Hubby to take into work, to free up a little bit of space. I couldn’t possibly clear out any of the wine or gin glasses!! Same again giving everything inside a good wipe down and then re-cleaning the glass wear to make it sparkle.

My mug cupboard is full of my lovely Emma Bridgewater mugs that I have been adding to over the last few years. It is also home to my array of different flavoured teas, coffee, hot chocolates, marshmallows and anything else I need to find a home for in the kitchen. This time I found packets of cress seeds and little foam aeroplanes for some unknown reason.

The worst job for me is the kitchen drawers. The cutlery draw is not so bad, I remove it all clean it out and then put it all away again. Removing about 10 syringes that have come with the children’s Calpol and still having more than I need left. The middle drawn, is just the drawn from hell! Crammed full of everything, cling film, serving spoons, kitchen foil, baking paper, fabric napkins, paper napkins, birthday candles, food bags, batteries, sellotape, pens, a pencil case and god only knows what else. It honestly is the most untidy draw in the house. However after I have removed everything, binned the bits that are no longer needed and neatly placed everything away, it looks great. Now I just have to keep it that way…………. I wonder how long that will last?

The draw full of the pans, is a jigsaw of fitting everything in. So as long as when you try and put it all back together you pack it nicely it will all go pack in, however stack something wrong you have no chance of closing that drawer. So after a good clean out it’s back to looking like my normal pan draw just a bit cleaner.

On to the cupboard tops, we seem to store the odd extra thing up there, extra cereal boxes, a box of spare wine and gin glasses (I would hate to smash one and not have enough glasses), bags of crisps and any other bits that I cannot find space for within the cupboards. Plus all of the dust that seems to gather up there, meant that cleaning it all took a bit more effort than a quick wipe down.

I pulled out the cooker and the fridge to give it a good clean behind and underneath. Before removing everything from the worktops, giving it all a good clean down before returning it all to place. I have a large solid wooden chopping board that I love, and I would eventually love a solid wooden work top.

Worktop Express have a fabulous range to choose from, they have also given me some fabulous ways to get your big Spring clean started.

How do you Spring clean your kitchen? I know mine takes a lot of kitchen roll and time.

 

*This is a collaborative post with Worktop Express. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

A Royal Wedding to remember with a Royal Wedding Garden Tea Party

With less than two weeks until the Royal Wedding, have you thought about how you are going to be celebrating that day? On the 19th May 2018 HRH Prince Harry will be marrying the beautiful Ms Meghan Markel at the Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, and I cannot wait!

As the country prepares to celebrate along with them, how will you be celebrating the Royal Wedding day? Street parties have been planned it thousands of locations, National Trust properties are showing it wedding on large outdoor screens, garden parties and afternoon teas will also be happening in homes across UK, not forgetting the millions of people sitting in their front room watching the coverage on the TV. Like so many others I cannot wait to see the dress of the year that Meghan will be wearing.

royal-wedding-garden-party

For me, our Royal Family is such an important part of British heritage and it should be celebrated. When Prince William got married to Kate Middleton in 2011 I spent the day at home watching every single minute possible on the TV and this will be no different. However I couldn’t miss the chance to host a Garden Party with some friends even if it was a couple of weeks early, when the sun was shining. I decided not to host my Royal Wedding Garden Party on the day the wedding, because honestly I didn’t want to be preparing the afternoon tea sandwiches and miss out on watching it all happening on the TV.

The history of Afternoon Tea

I love an afternoon tea, finger sandwiches, cakes, scones, china tea cups and a glass of fizz to go with it, so what better way to start the wedding celebrations than with a traditional very British afternoon tea.

Did you know that afternoon tea was first served back in1840 to the Duchess of Bedford, who started to get hungry about 4pm between her lunch and then her dinner at 8pm. So she requested a try of bread and butter, cakes and a pot of tea be served to her room at that time. As the years followed she invited friends to join her and by the late 1880’s ladies would have afternoon tea parties, but be dressed in beautiful dresses, hats and gloves for the occasion. Since then afternoon tea has been a quintessentially British tradition, with hotels across the country serving them and visitors from around the world wanting an afternoon tea when they come to UK.

Royal Wedding Garden Tea Party

For my Royal Wedding garden tea party, I invited some of my closet girly friends round, my 4 year old daughter and baby niece to share the fun.

An afternoon tea is made up of various finger sandwiches, mine included, salmon and cream cheese, ham and the cucumber, with a mix of white farm house bread and a seeded batch loaf. All delicious. My scones were served with clotted cream and my home made plum jam from the fruit trees in our garden. Then a variety of cupcakes, french fancies (my sisters favourite), Viennese whirls with lots of little flags, that I added in extra. I have a lovely collection of cake stands, that I have been collecting for years. The cake dome is a new addition from ProCook, I love it, it’s perfect for cupcakes, a larger cake and even for cheese. I even borrowed my Hubby’s Gran’s vintage glass cake stands.

As the day was the hottest of the year so far, I decided that pots of hot tea was not what we needed, so instead I used my Royal Wedding tea pot filled with ice cubes and my new favourite William Chase Gin. I borrowed my Hubby’s Gran’s pretty little china tea cups, added ice and then topped them up with Fentimans, Connoisseurs tonic water, that works perfectly well with the William Chase Gin. As you all know I am a big lover of gin, so trying out a new gin and another of Fentimans fabulous tonics was great for me, my friends are all gin lovers too, I guess you have to be to fit in at our house. It’s not often people come round and the gin isn’t out.

No cup of tea, even if it is gin, is complete without a biscuit on the saucer. These luxury biscuits by Elizabeth Shaw are amazing, I was sent the raisin and hazelnut plus the mint and cocoa. Although both very tasty I loved the raisin and hazelnut ones the most, however all of the biscuits got eaten very quickly. Yum!!

As my little girl was joining us, she was drinking water with fruit filled ice cubes. However, I was slightly concerned about her having Gran’s vintage china tea cups. So, she was using some glasses that have been toughen and are also designed that if they so smash they will shatter into cubic pieces to reduce the risk of injury. Perfect for my little girl to think she is more grown up drinking from glass cup, instead of her normal plastic ones.

No Royal Wedding Garden Tea Party would be complete without the addition of Union Flag bunting hanging from the trees. I managed to find mine on amazon for about £6.99 they have a real vintage feel to them, plus they are fabric which I plan to use in my son’s bedroom, when we eventually get round to decorating.

Every celebration includes a bottle of fizz and for my Royal Wedding garden tea party I used Prosecco, which is a favourite among my girly friends. I added fruit to the ice cube trays when I froze them, to add a bit of colour to the ice bucket. Placing the Prosecco into the ice bucket helped it to stay cold on such a hot day. Plus we used the ice to add to the gin and tonic throughout the afternoon, the fruit in the ice also flavoured the gin as the afternoon went on.

Well that’s my Royal Wedding garden party! How will you be celebrating?

 

*Some items within this post were gifted to me, in exchange for being included within my post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*