We all love a good wedding don’t we? A new frock, cake, a bit of a knees up and of course the excuse to buy a big hat! Add in some bad “dad dancing” and a scrum to catch the bouquet and you have all the ingredients for an entertaining weekend.
It’s all good fun until the bill comes in and as the next invitation pops through the letterbox you realise you can’t wear the same outfit twice!
‘Cos weddings can be pricey affairs – even if you’re not the bride’s father!
Once you have accounted for the clothes, travel, accommodation if needed and that hideous gravy boat they want you to buy from the gift list, you’ve suddenly got a huge over draft and it’s beans on toast for tea for the rest of the month!
A recent study by Experian has taken a close look at the cost of weddings and it’s effect on relationships.
78% of people have borrowed money to attend a wedding.
1 in 6 people do not attend a loved ones wedding because they can’t afford it.
11% of people in a relationship have spent more than £800 to go to someone’s nuptials.
I mean £800 !!! Blimey – that’s a horrific amount of money for a days entertainment – even if you really do love the person getting spliced! I could go on holiday for a week on less than that!
If that’s the average cost of attending a wedding I’m going to have to encourage everyone I know to just live together, unless of course they’re prepared to have joint weddings. I mean getting everyone from 1 family to get hitched at the same time is ok isn’t it?
So my darlings – if you are planning to announce your big day soon, think about your poor guests – surely the important thing is that they are there to celebrate with you rather than how big the gift is or how flashy the venue you are asking them to stay in!
And if the weekend is going to cost me anything close to that amount – save the postage lovelies – it’s very unlikely I will be able to go! But I’ll raise a glass to you both from my sofa!
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