Couples in debt at altar
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.