Labour of Love

Jul 06, 2012, 04:00 ET from John Lewis Insurance

LONDON, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

The price of a wedding can cause tempers to rise and bank balances to fall dramatically as a couple struggle to raise enough cash for their dream wedding.

One bride to be was so desperate for her special day to be perfect that she stole £200,000 from her employer to pay for her wedding in January 2011.[*] Guests at Mrs Lane's wedding enjoyed a magician, free bar and fireworks but the day was funded by Pure Audio Visual, the company she worked for.

The part-time accounts assistant began stealing money in 2008, one year after meeting her husband. At first she took small amounts, but these gradually increased as she made improvements to her home and planned her wedding.

Mrs Lane admitted to ten counts of fraud and was sentenced to twenty months in prison.

This story shows the lengths people will go to in order to have their dream wedding. The average cost of a wedding in the UK is almost £20,000 and many couples are borrowing money or saving up for several years for their perfect ceremony.

Although it may be difficult to believe, there are ways to have a beautiful wedding without breaking the bank.

Small, intimate ceremonies are much cheaper and the couple can actually spend time with each of their loved ones, instead of rushing around trying to speak to 200 guests amid dinners, speeches, cake cutting and vows.

If you're a bride, ordering your wedding dress online could save you money as you could find a last season designer frock, or get one second-hand. It's also worth looking in vintage or charity shops for a dress you can have altered and redesigned as this can also be cheaper.

As a last resort, ask close friends and family if they'll contribute towards your wedding instead of buying you a gift. Many mothers of the bride buy their daughter's wedding dress and the grooms parents often pay for the honeymoon. There's no shame in this and your guests will feel more involved in the wedding preparation.


John Lewis Wedding Insurance

If you're spending your annual salary on your special day, or if you're sticking to your self-imposed budget and focusing on the sentiment rather than the spending, Wedding Insurance is a good investment for your special day.

John Lewis Wedding Insurance provides cover for weddings from £10,000 to £50,000 so however much your wedding is costing, you can relax knowing it's protected from the unexpected.

If a close family member falls ill, we can help to cover the costs of rearranging or cancelling your wedding and if a supplier lets you down, we'll pay any irrecoverable expenses.

Terms, conditions, limitations, exclusions and eligibility criteria apply.

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