Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today…to go deeply into debt.
The wedding season is officially upon us and the average couple will spend £30,111 getting hitched, according to Brides magazine. The same magazine put the typical cost at £24,000 last year, meaning people are apparently splashing out 25 per cent more on nuptials in 2016.
Compare either figure to the actual cost of getting married – about £120 in a Registry Office – and it’s clear couples are getting a little bit carried away.
But forget the bride and groom, they chose to spend more than the average annual salary or house deposit on a one-day party. Pity the guests instead.
According to American Express, the average guest will spend £479 attending a wedding, splashing their cash on outfits (never to be worn again), transport (to an exclusive venue in the middle of nowhere), and gifts (don’t get me started).