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UK Wedding Magazines: which is the best one for you?

So we’ve found out – very methodically – which is the best UK wedding magazine and why. We’ve looked at each of the best UK wedding magazines in turn and picked out their best bits (and only gently hinted at their worst bits!) Time to think about YOU now…

The best UK wedding magazine for you?

best uk wedding magazines the reviewSome of the wedding magazines have really in-depth articles, some have short and sweet little features you can read on the train.

Some are upmarket and full of stylish and expensive ideas, others focus on DIY ideas and affordable products you can buy for your wedding.

Some have tons of real weddings; some have only a few. Some have over 200 pages of adverts while others have fewer than 40.

Every bride and groom are different. Every wedding is unique. Every wedding magazine will appeal more to some of you than to others. Based on the results of the UK Wedding Magazine Review, here are some tips to help you find YOUR best UK wedding magazine!

If you haven’t found your wedding dress yet

If you’re still on the lookout for your ideal wedding dress, then the ads won’t do you any harm. I’d recommend Brides magazine, with tons of dress ads you’re bound to see designers and ideas you haven’t seen before.

Most wedding magazines have very similar wedding dress advertisements, usually double page spreads at the beginning of the magazine. Some are more upmarket than others, but with Brides magazine there are more ads so you’re bound to see the full range.

Caroline Castigliano advert in a UK wedding magazine

If you want to read wedding magazines on the way to work

The two handbag size UK wedding magazines are Wedding Ideas and Perfect Wedding magazine. Either is great to read in short bursts – while you’re travelling or in your breaks. Wedding Ideas is the bigger of the two by page count, and more focused on value for money. Perfect Wedding is a little more upmarket (quoting just under £20k as an average wedding budget figure) and has a little more to actually read.

If you want to see real weddings

The two UK wedding magazines with most real weddings (by page count) are Cheshire Bride – an annual publication – and Wedding Ideas (monthly) magazine. Cheshire Bride had 77 pages of real weddings in the issue I reviewed, while Wedding Ideas had 43 pages of real weddings. I’d also recommend Perfect Wedding which followed up each real wedding feature really nicely with ideas to recreate the theme shown.

UK wedding magazine bridal fashion shoot

If you’re inspired by beautiful bridal fashion shoots

This is pretty cut and dried – there are four wedding magazines you should consider if you want to see fabulous bridal fashion shoots:

  1. You & Your Wedding (40 pages of shoots)
  2. Wedding (28 pages of shoots)
  3. Cosmopolitan Bride (26 pages of shoots)
  4. Brides (24 pages of shoots)

The quality of each is pretty stunning… if you’re in a weddingy mood and looking for a bit of eye candy inspiration, pick up one of these wedding magazines. (stats are from the issues I reviewed and won’t be the same every time of course!)

If you’re after ideas and advice more than sell, sell, sell

The magazines with the best advice and articles are You & Your Wedding, Brides and Perfect Wedding. Read the covers carefully before you buy – there will still be far more pages of adverts and product ideas than advice features, so choose a magazine which covers a topic you really want to find out more about. Alternatively, look online and save yourself at least £3.

UK wedding magazine inside pages

If you’re trying to save money

I think by buying Wedding Ideas magazine you could easily cover your £2.99 by using some of the budget tips inside! For affordable traditional weddings this is the magazine you should read, especially if you want all the trimmings at a cheaper price.

And a last little note for the wary…

Don’t buy a wedding magazine if…

  • …you’re a boy. Avoid the magazines or you’ll begin to wonder if you’re involved in this big pink party at all
  • …you don’t want to see advertising. It’s pretty much the focus of the wedding mags
  • …you’ve already bought your wedding dress. It’s an advertising thing again – you’ll get RSI flicking past the dress ads at speed
  • …you don’t like pink. Wedding magazines are mainly pink (also, the smaller they get, the pinker they become)




Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • I had to buy them all to realise that! 🙂 My favourite was Brides but I think it was due to the beautiful high end ads! I love a nice picture!

    • Claire
      9 years ago

      I’m with you on the pictures Charlene! I love the bridal shoots myself, they’re gorgeous. I wanted a few shoots for my blog when I saw those!
      Claire x

  • chris hanley
    9 years ago

    fascinating research Claire, thank you for the series. If you had a gift subscription to one of them, which would you choose?

  • Claire
    9 years ago

    Now there’s a question, Chris! It would be a tough decision!

    If I was planning my wedding I’d go for Cosmopolitan Bride, for the shoots. Their approach is cool and funky and I really enjoyed the photo shoots in the issue I read. There were also fewer pages full of “ideas” (or things to buy) which was good to see.

    Although – not being a bride to be, I’d go for Net magazine, Wired or the NME! Am I allowed to say that?! hehe.

    • chris hanley
      9 years ago

      Cosmo is a good choice, mine would be You and Your wedding.
      Good non wed mags too, my fave is The Love magazine with different several different front covers on each issue.

  • Anne
    9 years ago

    I have my dress and am still loving magazines – and the dress pics are still useful for looking at hair, etc…

  • Jackie Vintage Bridal
    8 years ago

    Second the choice of You and Your Wedding (although as a regularly featured supplier we must declare a little impartiality) – our customers tell us they love Y&YW shoots as they feature dresses and accessories they can afford. Perfect Wedding also excellent for coverage of mid-market priced accessories.

  • Carla
    7 years ago

    I agree that Cosmo is a good choice and good for inspiration but some mags seem to be just a whole load of ads – in my mind I want to see the whole set up and where I can buy the stuff. Confetti have brought out a magazine (about time too) Whats the point on looking at a grandly designed reception and there is little info on where to buy?
    CA x

  • Claire Gould
    7 years ago

    Ha… thanks for your comment Carla.
    It’s interesting to note from the link to your website that you work for Confetti. Unless, that is, I’ve misinterpreted your providing the link.
    Still, I’ll have a look at their magazine – I often recommend Confetti to my readers and to my own customers for wedding accessories (along with Wedding Paraphernalia, who are also fantastic – google them).
    If you’d left this comment on behalf of, say, Moss Bros or Vistaprint, I’d have been less forgiving…

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