Three wed­dings and a fi­nan­cial funeral

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - ROB STOCK

‘‘Da, Da, Da, Da, Here comes the bride’’.

Well, that’s fol­lowed by: ‘‘Da, Da, Da, Da, Here comes the bill’’.

I lis­tened to Neil Roberts, founder of peer-to-peer lender Har­money talk­ing about ‘‘loan sto­ries’’ re­cently.

My heart sank when he talked about a man who bor­rowed be­cause all three of his daugh­ters were get­ting mar­ried in the same year.

Daugh­ters, that is not on!

Your fa­ther gave you life. He raised you. He gave you love and en­cour­age­ment, and what? You left him in debt?

Dad clearly wasn’t a man of means.

This chap was about to be an empty nester.

He should be sav­ing for his re­tire­ment, not re­pay­ing wed­ding debt.

I par­tic­u­larly shud­der at how much he may have bor­rowed.

There’s one es­ti­mate be­ing bandied about that the ‘‘av­er­age’’ New Zealand wed­ding costs $35,000.

I do not be­lieve that is pos­si­ble. How can young peo­ple faced with high house prices, stu­dent

Wed­dings don’t have to be ex­pen­sive. Beach, sun, and love cost noth­ing.

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