Monday 20 May 2019

Little sympathy for woman 'forced to give up house' after cost of attending friends' weddings left her 'broke'

A woman who said she had to move back in with her parents after 14 weddings and 13 hens left her in financial ruin has garnered little sympathy from the public

Karen Birney

Karen Birney

A woman who said she had to give up her home and move back with her parents after the cost of attending weddings had spiralled out of control for her has received little solace from people who called her issue a 'first world problem'.

Serial wedding guest Georgina Childs, 30, told This Morning that she fell into debt after spending £13,000 (€14,860) on her friends' big days after attending 14 weddings and 13 hen dos in the last four years.

The woman said she went into her overdraft to fund the cost of attending the weddings before eventually being forced to give up her home.

"It's not that easy to turn down a wedding invite," the woman said. "I think that's almost seen as a bit of a social faux pas. It is an honour to receive an invite so to turn it down it could be seen as offensive."

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She told presenter Holly Willoughby that she tried to save money by booking Airbnbs instead of hotels, and wearing the same dresses to different occasions, however she could not cut the 'unavoidable' expenses.

Viewers took to Twitter to slam the woman, with many commenting that she should have simply turned down the invitations.

"If you can’t afford it, then just don’t go! It’s that simple!" said one Twitter user, "she doesn’t want to be rude by declining an invite but she’s on national TV blaming her friends for her own recklessness and debt problems."

"True friends would understand if you can't afford it," one Twitter user said, adding; "Turn it down if you can't afford to go." Another told her 'Swallow your pride".

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Georgina explained that she was asked to be a bridesmaid by seven brides, and explained that they cost of the hen dos mounted.

She added that several of the weddings were abroad, with one in Spain costing the same amount as her rent that month, and that she could not remember the last time she was abroad for anything other than a wedding.

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