Cou­ples in debt at al­tar

The Weekend Post - - News -

SO­PHIE ELSWORTH Money­tolove.com.au’s Heidi Arm­strong said start­ing out with debt was not a good idea.

In­stead, cou­ples should try to save to pay for their big day.

The re­search also re­vealed cou­ples racked up on av­er­age about $8000 to fi­nance their day and many took longer than six months to pay it back.

Queens­land’s Tim Wilks, 27, and now wife Jes­sica, 25, said they tried to save on costs.

They spent about $25,000 and had about 100 guests.

Mr Wilks said they had help from their par­ents to­talling between $5000 and $10,000.

“We couldn’t have done it with­out help from our par­ents,’’ he said.

“We wanted to keep our bud­get to a min­i­mum — the big cost was the pho­tog­ra­pher but we weren’t will­ing to com­pro­mise on that.”

Mrs Wilks bought her wed­ding dress and the four brides­maid dresses on­line — and sold her own dress after­wards.

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