Written by Katie Byrne, published 22nd sep 2017
A real-life couple have hit headlines after it was revealed they were charging their wedding guests £150 each to attend their celebration.
Before he popped the question to girlfriend Clare Moran, Ben Farina knew his partner would tell him they couyldn't afford to get married.
However, the quick-thinking groom-to-be came up with a plan that meant, in essence, their wedding guests would be funding the wedding celebration.
Using the logic that the typical wedding guest would spend £100 on accommodation and £50 on drink attending a reception, Ben decided to 'charge' guests £150 each to join him and Clare at their venue, Knockerdown Cottages.
The £150 fee includes a three-night stay at the luxury Derbyshire venue, with access to the pool, spa and games room included.
Speaking to BBC, Ben said: "People always pay a large amount of money to go to a wedding anyway, so why not have it paying towards the actual wedding rather than just to a business owner? I sold it to them a bit like an all-inclusive holiday, so all the food and drinks will be incorporated in that cost".
Clare, also talking to the BBC, added: "I never thought we would be able to have a wedding like this. We had spoken about marriage because we've got a little girl together and I always said we wouldn't be able to afford to do it, or it would have to be a registry office wedding, not a big wedding. This is a brilliant way to do it and I can't wait. He has put a lot of thought into it".
The couple - who are planning to say 'I do' in June 2018 - secured their venue at a reduced price of £10,000 owing to a cancellation and according to repotrs, all 80 of their guests have RSVP'd with a resounding 'yes'.
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