We know weddings can be expensive but this is crazy. Georgina says she has spent so much on dresses, and bachelorette parties that now at 30 she is in debt and living with her parents.
The PR account manager from Woodford, Essex says: “I shudder when the invite arrives. I wish I could say no — but how do you tell your friends you just don’t think their wedding is within your budget?
“I know the drill at weddings. The bride will walk down the aisle to Ed Sheeran, the floral theme will be subdued greenery — and my bank balance will have taken another hit.
“That’s travel, accommodation, hotel, a gift and a dress. And that figure doesn’t even include the hen do.”
Since the summer of 2014, Georgina has spent about $3500 on weddings and $1550 on stags. She says: “I used to love going to weddings. It was all new and exciting and although it cost a lot, I could budget ahead of time.
“But from 2014, invites started arriving thick and fast. My calendar was getting booked up and money was pouring out. I started to panic. It felt like all the other guests could afford things like staying in a nice hotel or chipping in for the joint gift and I couldn’t.
“There was a pressure to keep up. By 2016, the only way to do that was to put hotel costs and drinks on a credit card. But I struggled to pay it off. I kept adding hotel reservations, train bookings and flights. She ended up racking her credit card and went into overdraft. Georgina has also been a bridesmaid seven times.
The PR account manger has vowed to cut down on her spending
“It’s probably seen as tight but I always choose the cheapest items on the gift list. I’ve bought candleholders and even just a pair of salad servers in the past.”
Of the 20 weddings Georgina has attended, 13 have been in London, coming with a different set of expectations.