Since my colleague’s boyfriend popped the question at the weekend, wedding fever is among us here in the office at Christians Against Poverty.
As the happy news spreads around the office there are squeals, hugs and numerous questions like, “Show us the ring!” and, “When is the wedding?”
No one has said, of course, (even in a place that constantly deals with people’s debt) “How are you thinking of paying for this?”
Reading articles about the cost of a wedding could really start to make a girl wonder what she’s said yes to. A recent survey by You and Your Wedding Magazine showed the average cost is now more than £20,000. It’s hard to believe this is true.
My wedding was 18 years ago and was a modest affair; it never came to anything like that kind of figure. But, the wedding industry in the UK is big business; one worth ten billion pounds.
It seems the sky is the limit with how complicated you can make it and how much you can spend. It’s easy to get swept along and the budget bride will need to keep very focused on her priorities. God in your marriage is what will make the difference, not the amount of money you spend on the ceremony.
Check out some of our top tips for keeping the costs down in our latest issue……