Don't Let Your Wedding Cause Your Divorce
Don't spend a fortune on a fairytale wedding if you want your marriage to have a fairytale ending. Couples that overspend on their wedding day are headed for a divorce, according to a leading family lawyer.
The head of family law at Slater and Gordon, Amanda McAlister, says eighty percent of couples who divorce within five years say spending too much on the wedding was one of the reasons. Amanda praised Keira Knightley, whose recent wedding was a low key celebration. Young people are under increasing financial pressure already with tuition fees and high rents, and having lavish wedding ceremonies add more pressure.
Keira Knightley's approach of doing without the limo, big dress and expensive cake is a wedding model that could prove essential to ensuring a stable and successful marriage. Keira wore an old dress, was driven to the ceremony by her mother in a Renault Clio, invited only 12 guests and gave a low key reception for just $50.
By comparison, Amanda said that young people are often sucked into spending over $30,000 on their wedding day. When the honeymoon is over and reality sets in repaying large sums of money becomes a huge strain on the relationship along with the increasing cost of starting a family in this economy.
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