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
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
Independent News Service