Couples still using savings accounts to get married 'despite recession'

The economic downturn has not put off Australian couples when it comes to using their savings accounts and getting married.

A new study from business information firm IBISWorld has shown that love is still in the air as the average spend on the big day is $31,948.

This represents only a slight dip compared to last year’s figure of $33,349 and it is expected that spending, will increase in 2010.

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Commenting on the results, IBISWorld general manager Robert Byrant said some people have been leaving out some extravagances, such as cutting spending on flowers, cars and photographers, or having a simpler bash.

"This might mean trading the horse and carriage and flock of live doves for a Commodore and confetti," he said.

When it comes to honeymoons, Aussie newly weds may not need to break the bank either.

According to a report in the Brisbane Times, travellers can now spread the cost of their vacations by paying in instalments or using credit or debit cards.

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