Money Saving Tips For 2015
For many people, 2015 will be the year in which they resolve to save money, perhaps to pay off debt or to help them buy a big-ticket item, travel the world or achieve a long-held ambition.
Posted on Jan 16, 2015 by James
Sep 09, 2014 by Smart Blog
Statistics just released show that the average UK wedding now costs around £21,000 - and that does not even include the honeymoon or the rings. While there is some variation - an impressive 23.6% of weddings cost less than £5,000 but 0.8% cost more than £40,000 - there is no escaping the fact that getting wed is expensive.
With the average British bride being around 28 years old and the average groom around 30, engaged couples now tend to be financially independent and most pay for their own weddings - although contributions from family are often gratefully accepted. Most couples have already lived together for two or three years before they wed.
The hefty price tag does not seem to be putting people off getting married, however. One British couple, travelling the world for more than three years, have got married in a local service at every single location, racking up a total of 66 weddings (although none was legally binding). People simply love a wedding, which is just as well considering they tend to cost almost as much to attend as to arrange.
Since the law around wedding venues was relaxed, Britons have moved away from tradition (now, only 33.5% of weddings are in church) and it is possible to get married in a tree house, in a hired Arabian tent or underground in Wooky Hole Caves in Somerset. It is now easier than ever for couples to arrange exactly the wedding they dream of, however quirky it may be.
Nonetheless, weddings cost a lot - but with a little thought it is often possible to reduce those costs considerably. Here are some ideas on how to do just that.
Using just some of these ideas can save literally hundreds of pounds (if not more) without compromising on the wedding's quality. The quality of the marriage that follows, of course, is something that only the couple involved can organise...