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The Groom Who Asked Guests to Help Pay For HIS Wedding

by Kloe Forster

We’ve heard of all kinds of  weird and wonderful cost saving ideas for weddings here at Your Wedding Hub… but this one was something new to us.

A Groom to be has asked his guests to help pay for his own wedding.

BBC News reported that a couple who are unable to afford their ‘dream wedding’ asked guests to contribute up to £150 each to attend, under a “business model” which was devised by the groom.

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Ben Farina told BBC News that his wedding to Clare Moran in June will be ‘”like an all-inclusive holiday” for those attending. The charge includes a three-night stay at a venue in Derbyshire, which has a pool and spa.

The groom, denied being “tight” and insisted the idea had “gone down well” with guests.

Mr Farina said: “I had it all mapped out before I proposed. “I knew her reaction would be ‘we can’t afford to get married’ so I started showing her how we could.”

He said that if his guests did not support the idea, they would have a simpler and smaller wedding.

But all of their 60 adult guests, with 20 children, have confirmed they are attending and paid deposits.’

Here’s a break down of the costs of their big day:

  • The wedding venue, Knockerdown Cottages in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, is charging £10,000
  • There will be 60 adult guests and guests are paying £150 each – a total of £9,000
  • Parents will pay £50 for each of the 20 children attending – a total of £1,000
  • The groom’s mother is paying £750 for a hog roast on the day of the wedding. His father is also giving £500
  • The couple are spending about £2,000 of their own money, which will cover alcohol, food, the wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses and cheap suits for the groom and best men
  • The couple are buying alcohol from a supermarket for the wedding day itself, and guests can bring along their own alcohol to drink over the weekend
  • Mr Farina’s stepfather, who works as a chef, is cooking a Sunday roast for guests the day after the wedding and a family friend has offered to be the wedding singer.

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The Bride to be told the BBC: “I never thought we would be able to have a wedding like this.

“We had spoken about marriage because we’ve got a little girl together and I always said we wouldn’t be able to afford to do it, or it would have to be a registry office wedding, not a big wedding.

“This is a brilliant way to do it and I can’t wait. He has put a lot of thought into it.”

So, what do you think? Would you ever consider asking your guests to contribute towards your wedding? Let us know!

See the full original BBC article here.


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