This week: Melanie Clulow finds out how much it costs to get married
Saturday 15 August 1998
The preliminaries Engagement ring pounds 700; announcement in The Times pounds 20; 100 invitations, plus first-class postage pounds 200.
Preening Professional make-up application for bride, bridesmaid and mother of the bride pounds 90; bride's hair pounds 75; bridal lingerie pounds 70; bride's dress pounds 650; bride's shoes pounds 65; pearl tiara (newly de rigueur) pounds 180; groom's outfit pounds 300; bridesmaids' outfits pounds 400.
The day Chauffeur-driven Daimler pounds 175; two wedding rings pounds 315; flowers (including bouquet, posies, buttonholes, centrepieces, church decoration) pounds 230; photographer pounds 500; videographer pounds 300; ceremony fee pounds 263; biodegradable confetti pounds 37.
The food of love Hire of country house pounds 500; three-course sit-down meal for 100 pounds 1,900; 10 disposable cameras for candid shots (one per table) pounds 90; five cases of Laurent-Perrier champagne pounds 1,008; wine pounds 420; wedding cake pounds 150; wedding favours (although no adult has ever actually admitted to liking them, sugared almonds are still the most popular choice) pounds 175; jazz band pounds 1,000.
Afters Bride's going-away outfit pounds 180; first-night hotel pounds 120; Caribbean
honeymoon pounds 2,200; thank-you presents for bridesmaid and best man pounds 80.
Total: pounds 12,393 (or elope: a Registry Office wedding can cost as little as pounds 51)
Sources: wedding suppliers, `Bliss for Brides' magazine, `Wedding and Home' magazine
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