Friday 9 December 2016

Unrealistic expectations spell trouble for modern marriages

Published 31/07/2015 | 02:30

Taking the plunge: Tom Loveday cradles his bride, Lena Scott, after the couple exchanged vows underwater in the Florida Keys. ‘One wedding organiser quoted recently in this newspaper’s marriage series noted how couples are now much more inclined to tailor their wedding day to their individual tastes.’
Taking the plunge: Tom Loveday cradles his bride, Lena Scott, after the couple exchanged vows underwater in the Florida Keys. ‘One wedding organiser quoted recently in this newspaper’s marriage series noted how couples are now much more inclined to tailor their wedding day to their individual tastes.’

When my parents married in 1958 they got married in the morning, had a lunch-time wedding reception for a few dozen people and were gone by mid-afternoon. My mother didn't wear a wedding dress. Instead, she wore a white suit consisting of a skirt and jacket. Apparently, it was common back then not to wear a wedding dress on your wedding day.

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Even if you translate what they paid for their wedding into today's money, it must have been a fraction of what is forked out nowadays.

The Irish Independent has been running a series of articles about marriage in Ireland today, which estimates that the average Irish couple now spends a little over €20,000 on their big day.

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