Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Don’t spend all your worldly goods on wedding, says vicar

February 13th, 2007 posted by kendall at 11:43 am

A secondhand dress and a taxi to the church may not be every bride’s dream but a new guide from the Church of England is encouraging couples to consider cut-price weddings.

Instead of a custom-made gown, chauffeur-driven limousine and free-flowing champagne, the book urges couples to embrace a more cost-effective ceremony and reception.

With the average price of a wedding in Britain estimated at £17,000 and the bride’s dress alone costing more than £800, the Rev Andrew Body, a former Relate counsellor, believes that the Church has a duty to “blow the whistle” on growing commercialism.

His slimline guide, Making the Most of Weddings – A Practical Guide for Churches, has one chapter devoted to pared-down weddings. Among his recommendations are environmentally friendly measures designed to leave the couple with a clear conscience and a healthy bank balance.

He suggests that fairtrade material could be used for the bride’s gown, organic food laid out at the reception and the wedding list filled with charitable goods and donations.

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