Couples fork out record figures for perfect wedding

Couples around the world are risking big debts in order to pay for their perfect wedding, new figures show. notes that average wedding costs in Oz now stand at $39,000, although many people are forking out in excess of $100,000 to tie the knot.

And the bill for these extravagant celebrations is landing stiffly in the laps of blushing brides and grooms, with figures showing that newlyweds pay for 75 per cent of costs for the big day.

However, credit and debt counsellor Jennifer Gracie has urged young couples to think twice before taking out a personal loan to cover the costs of a fairytale wedding.

She insisted that the start of married life may not be so blissful if hefty personal loan bills keep coming through the door.

“Couples need to be smart around what’s really important – a wedding is only the beginning of a lifelong partnership together – and it’s just one day,” she remarked.

Aussies who are feeling particularly frugal may wish to look for inspiration from Paul and Caragh Brooks, the couple who recently said their solemn vows in a Taco Bell in Illinois.ADNFCR-1761-ID-18978025-ADNFCR