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Please be my bridesmaid, but you have to pay for your own dress

Marriage

Couples are spending just over half the amount on weddings as they did ten years ago, according to a survey.

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Pippa Middleton may have had her dress specially made for the occasion, while other brides are buying off the rack. Picture: AP

Weddings will cost an average of £11 411 (about R180 000) this year, compared to £20 000 in 2008.

Nearly one in five brides now find their dress at retail stories, after some launched bridal collections.

But nearly half still buy their dress from a boutique, the study commissioned by delivery firm CollectPlus showed.

An average of £1 283 is spent on a gown and £956 on shoes.

The survey of 2 000 couples getting married this year showed that £1 005 will be spent on food and drink while £893 will go on entertainment.

Couples will spend £714 on flowers and £644 on a cake.

Just over a quarter will be indulging in a spot of DIY to cut costs, by making their own invitations and organising flower arrangements. Some frugal couples – seven percent – have even asked bridesmaids to contribute towards their outfits.

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