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Eight in ten wedding ceremonies are paid for using family donations

Written by Katie Byrne, published 28th nov 2014

A study has found that family members pay for over three-quarters of the big-day expense



A new study has revealed that 81% of engaged couples pay for their celebrations with the help of donations from their family.

The research also found that 18% of brides' parents will cover the entire tab for the celebration, whilst 42% of couples will pay for it entirely by themselves.

Over half of the 2,000 married women quizzed said they would never expect their father to cover the cost of their wedding day, describing it as a 'dated tradition'.

The poll - conducted by Beaverbrooks - also found that grandparents will, on average, chip in around £1,390 towards the day.

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And it doesn't end there: almost 10% of those surveyed revealed they had received cash gifts from siblings to put towards their day.

However, it's not all plain-sailing: one in ten of those quizzed admitted the financial side of their wedding day had led to awkwardness and tension. Plus, 14% of brides admitted to falling out with their parents over their big-day expenses.

Anna Blackburn, a spokeswoman for Beaverbrooks, said: "Weddings can be expensive and it's fairly common for family members of both the bride and groom to contribute... It can take years to save for the wedding of your dreams and many couples do sacrifice other things in order to pull off the best day of their life."

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