Wednesday 24 April 2019

Groom's wedding 'business model' sets out exactly how guests can fund nuptials

Wedding budget maps out how much guests should pay to fund big day

Photo of bride and groom by Drew Coffman
Photo of bride and groom by Drew Coffman

Jon Sharman

A groom has devised a budget plan that allows guests to pay to fund different aspects of the big day, selling his idea to friends and family as akin to an 'all-inclusive holiday'.

Ben Farina , who is due to marry partner Clare Moran in June 2018, has asked guests to contribute to make it a dream occasion and says the idea has gone down well with guests.

The groom said he "sold it to [friends and family] a bit like an all-inclusive holiday" on the basis that "people always pay a large amount of money to go to a wedding anyway".

Some 60 guests are to pay £150 (€170) each, which will include a three-night stay at the Knockerdown Cottages hotel in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, to top up the £2,000 (€2270) the couple are spending, the BBC reported.

Ms Moran told the broadcaster: "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."

Mr Farina said the pair once spent more than £1,700 (€1930) to attend a friend's wedding in Greece.

"All the food and drinks will be incorporated in that cost," said the groom.

"The venue also has a spa, an indoor swimming pool, a games room, it's very close to local amenities, there's a lake, so it is like a little holiday resort."

The couple has also drafted in family and friends to help cater and provide music.

Mr Farina said "People always pay a large amount of money to go to a wedding anyway, so why not have it paying towards the actual wedding rather than just to a business owner?"

The Wedding 'Business Model'

  •     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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