In 2013 loved-up shoppers spent an average of £15,494 on their entire wedding celebrations-  the lowest figure in four years.

Weddings on Female First

Weddings on Female First

It seems many brides and grooms-to-be are opting for value for money nuptial packages and special offers to keep their budgets tight. With venues and photographers offering all-in-one wedding deals couple are managing to save money to splash on their honeymoon getaway instead.

It's a battle between tradition and travel for engaged couples; with people spending less on their big day to ensure a honeymoon to remember.

Out of their total budget 20% - the equivalent of £3,111 - went towards planning the trip of a lifetime, an increase of 12% on the previous year.

Francesca Cribb, Editor of the site, said; 'With so many incredible destinations on offer around the world, it doesn't surprise me that wedding planning couples are choosing to spend more money on this once in a lifetime holiday.'

Is every girls dream of a big and beautiful wedding being replaced with a fantasy for far-away lands and sunsets on the beach?

The survey, by, found the majority of newly weds jet off to Europe, the Mediterranean or Eastern Europe for their honeymoon retreat; with romantic beach getaways being the most popular choice with nearly 40% of the vote for the fourth year running.

What's most important to you the party or paradise?

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