Letter: Wedding bills

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I read with appalled fascination Glenda Cooper's article (10 February), which cited pounds 12,500 as the average cost of a modern wedding.

When I married in 1937, I was in a job in which women were automatically dismissed on marriage. We therefore got married in a registrar's office during our lunch hours and went back to work in the afternoon, with no celebration of any kind, so that my employer would not know. I did not wear my ring until I obtained work with a more enlightened employer.

The total cost, including the ring, licence and tram fares to and from the registrar's, was less than pounds 6. Our marriage lasted for 59 years, until my husband died in 1996. There must be a moral somewhere in this.


Woodford Green, Essex