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Wedding Bills Down £1,000 in 2009

The bill for getting married in 2009 dropped by £1,000 as couples ditch the luxuries found a "You and Your Wedding" magazine poll. The poll of 4,000 readers found that brides are dropping items such as spa treatments to keep the bills down - but the average wedding still costs £19,265 in 2009 compared to £20,273 in 2008. Brides have also cut back on items such as make-up, wedding rings and food. Also the spend on bridemaids has dropped from £712 to £371 while money spent on wedding dresses crept up from £977 to £1,018.

The biggest expense is still the reception at a whopping £7,462 with £2,487 going on the venue, £3,100 on food, £1,276 on drink and £599 on disco's-down from £7,724 in 2008. The poll also revealed that that 1 in 10 couples still expected the bride's parents to pay for it. Just over four out of 10 weddings are now paid for by both families. More than half are paid for by the bride and the groom through savings.

£3,100

on wedding breakfast

£0

Spent on weight loss and spas

£850

the price of rings

£2,866

honeymoon, hen & stag dos

£88

on lingerie

This corresponds to our own experience in the stag weekend market. Stags are certainly looking for better value for their money this year compared to last. That doesn't mean cheap but they are just careful and looking to maximsie what they get for the money they're prepared to spent. Budget stag weekends have been very popular this year so far.

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