Ask Polly

Get ad­vice from fast-talk­ing Rova and More FM star Polly Gille­spie

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - This week - Write to wdaynz@bauer­me­dia.co.nz or Woman’s Day, Pri­vate Bag 92512, Welles­ley Street, Auck­land.

Q Maybe it’s just my age and stage in life, but it seems like wed­dings are bankrupt­ing me! On the one hand, I am thrilled to be in­vited to so many good friends’ nup­tials, but why do they have to be so darn ex­pen­sive for guests? Af­ter shelling out for the presents, the hen’s dos, frocks, travel and all the rest, how on earth am I sup­posed to save any money?

Aisle be Damned, Auck­land A Well, I’m not a huge fan of wed­dings my­self! They are al­most al­ways in sum­mer, and usu­ally in­volve un­com­fort­able heels, sweat­ing and sun­stroke. I must say that the money spent on wed­dings can be com­pletely out­ra­geous. If I were you, I’d get a cou­ple of wed­ding out­fits – maybe a plain cream dress and a sim­ple red frock – and I’d wear them to ev­ery­thing with dif­fer­ent ac­ces­sories, hair­styles and shoes. As a present, you can’t go past a plain, el­e­gant glass vase from Briscoes or The Ware­house wrapped in lovely tis­sue pa­per (as cheap as $10!). Don’t feel that you need to buy some­thing from the bridal reg­istry. I once found my­self at David Jones at the last minute with only two op­tions – ei­ther a $400 pot or five tea­spoons. Ridicu­lous. Q My hus­band is a good man, but from the way he avoids the kitchen, you’d think he was some relic from the 1950s who comes home to his pipe and slip­pers. I work full-time, yet I do the cook­ing. How can I en­cour­age him to make din­ner now and again?

Over It, Ro­torua A Don’t cook din­ner.

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