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It’s the biggest and most expensive party you ever likely to host. The average UK wedding now costs around 23000 pounds. The / credit account isn’t stopping couples time knot, many aren’t prepared to get tied up in financial knots.
So I got an idea what style I should looking for, yes, I’ve found few differet ideas, quiet like a /.
Something old and something nearly new, Bristol Bride-to-be Catherine come in Bernord’s in London to find her dream dress. But it’s no fantasy this collection includes well known labels at the third of the price. While some walking around in my ceremony I don’t think people are gonna to say, oh, you know, I can tell that one’s not expensive, I think it’s in your own head and I’m quite happy with that, you know, if it means I have gone the cost half as much, it means we can spend money you know in some other places maybe we go to fancy a honeymoons, maybe.
And some don’t even try before they buy, ebay this year has so far seen a 16 percent increase in wedding dress listings and 200 percent increase in engagement ring sales. As recession hit couples planning to say I do are increasingly deciding no can do in other areas, too. Just 6 percent are prepared to slash their photographer budget, while 10 percent are choosing fewer flowers, though a staggering of 49 percent are rethinking their honeymoon plans.
In fact so concerned that many of them value a casual force victim to the credit cranch wedding issurances is booming.
It's a diffcult time and some / and some businesses and a struggling and therefore wedding insurance gives you the peace of mind, I think it doesn’t get wrong actually you can go wrong and you can afford places that you can go out with somebody else.
Have a look, it’s been going / for about ten years now,
Not only our couples becoming more sabe, the recession are turning them into hard nosed bargain hunters, no need for that, hero, I’d / upon /. You can get 40 percent of the hire of the value and apparently Thursday, is the new Saturday.
They don’t / Saturday was always the key days to have a party or wedding or whatever. And on Fridays and Sundays, that I’ve seen a lot more / activity, because it’s cheaper.
So how much can you really save? Recruitmen consultant Lucy and James are footing at least half of their wedding costs.
Dress, insurance, so they are doing a little recruiting of their own, friends are taking care of that photographing, flowers and the cars, and by cutting down on numbers they saved around 10 thousand pounds.
Specially with the calm climates / with them abundence could be around the corner, things like that, em, it’s just we wouldn’t want to have a debt really after the wedding as well, we have save money on the honeymoon, and we have / contributions from people, and I think now it’s lot more acceptable to do that.
So it seems a trip down the island hasn’t lost its attraction after all it’s just  coupled want to do it for richer rather than poorer.
Paul Harrison, Sky News.
本帖最后由 sophia天天向上 于 2009-5-5 23:03 编辑

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It is the biggest and most expensive party you are ever likely to host. The average UK wedding now costs around 23,000 pounds. And while the credit crunch isn’t stopping couples tying the knot. Not many aren't prepared to get tied up in financial knots.

"So, you got an idea what style you are looking for?"

"No, I find a few different ideas, I quite like a ruche "

Something old and something nearly new. Bristol bride-to-be Catherine Bella has come to Bernardo’s in East London to find her dream dress. But it is no fantasy. This collection includes well-known labels at the third of the price.

"As I am walking around and I have got my ceremony, I don't think people are going to say: oh, you know, I can tell that one is not expensive. I think it is in your own head I am quite happy with it, you know if it means to have a gown that costs half as much. It means we can spend money at, you know, in other places and we can go a fancy honeymoon."

"Maybe..."

And some don't even try before they buy. Ebay this year has so far seen a 60% increase in wedding dress listings and a 200% increase in engagement ring sales.

And recession-hit couples planning to say I do are increasingly deciding no can do in other areas too.

Just 6% to prepare to slash their wedding photography budget, while 10% are choosing fewer flowers, though a staggering 49% are rethinking their honeymoon plans.

In fact, so concerned on either their venue or caterer falls victim to the critical crunch, wedding insurance is booming.

"It is difficult time and some annoyance, and some businesses are struggling and therefore wedding insurance gives you the peace of mind--- if something does go wrong, actually you can go on and you can afford to replace that supply with someone else."

"Come and have a look. It has been going under my barn for about 10 years."

"Not only our couples becoming more savvy, the recession is turning them into
hard-nose bargain hunters, no need for that here though, at Luxters Barn in Henley-upon-Thames, you can get 40% off the hire of the venue and apparently Thursday is the new Saturday."


"Predominantly Saturday was always the key date to have a party or wedding, whatever. And on Fridays and Sundays I was seeing a lot more mid-week activity because it is cheaper."

So how much can you really save? Recruitment consultants Lucy and James are footing at least half of their wedding costs.

"Dress, insurance..."

So they are doing a little recruiting of their own. Friends are taking care of their photography, flowers and cars. And by cutting down their numbers, they have saved around 10,000 pounds.

"Especially with the current climates, at the moment with redundancy could be around the corner, things like that., Er, it is just we won’t to have the debt really after our weddings as well. We have saved money on the honeymoon and we have asked for a gift list for contributions from people. I think nowdays it is a lot more acceptable to do that "

So it seems a trip down the aisle has not lost its attraction after all. It is just couples want to do it for richer rather than poor.

Paul Harrison, Sky news.
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It is the biggest and most expensive party you’re ever likely to host. The average UK wedding now costs around 23,000 pounds. And while the credit crunch isn’t stopping couples tying the knot, many aren’t prepared to get tied up in financial knots.

So, you got an idea what style you are looking for, fiber? (这里似乎不是人名,与下文提到名字不一致)

No, I’ve got a few different ideas. I quite like a ruche.

Something old and something nearly new. Bristol bride-to-be Catherine Bella has come to Bernardo’s in East London to find her dream dress. But it’s no fantasy. This collection includes well-known labels at a third of the price.

As I’m walking around and I’ve got my ceremony, I don’t think people are gonna say: “Oh, you know, I can tell that one is not expensive.” I think it’s in your own head. And I’m, I’m quite happy with, you know, if it means I have a gown that costs half as much, it means we can spend money at, you know, in other places, we can go on a fancy honeymoon, maybe.

And some don’t even try before they buy. eBay this year has so far seen a 60% increase in wedding dress listings, and a 200% increase in engagement ring sales. And recession-hit couples planning to say ‘I do’ are increasingly deciding 'no' can do in other areas too. Just 6% are prepared to slash their wedding photography budget while 10% are choosing fewer flowers, though a staggering 49% are rethinking their honeymoon plans.

In fact, so concerned are many that their venue or caterer falls victim to the credit crunch, wedding insurance is booming.  

It is a difficult time, and some annoyance, and some businesses are struggling, and therefore wedding insurance gives you the peace of mind ---- if something does go wrong, actually you can go on and you can afford to replace that supply with someone else.  

Come and have a look. It’s been going under my barn for about 10 years now. (似乎比band和逻辑点? 也是边推测~)

Not only our couple’s becoming more savvy, the recession is turning them into hard-nosed bargain hunters, no need for that here though, at Luxters Barn (这里看了phantom提供的线索~)in Henley-upon-Thames, you can get 40% off the hire of the venue and apparently Thursday is the new Saturday.

Predominately Saturdays was always the key day to have the party, or wedding whatever. And on Fridays and Sundays, I was seeing a lot more mid-week activity, because it’s cheaper.

So how much can you really save? Recruitment consultants Lucy and James are footing at least half of their wedding costs.

Dress, insurance.

So they are doing a little recruiting of their own. Friends are taking care of their photography, flowers and the cars. And by cutting down on numbers, they’ve saved around 10,000 pounds.

Especially with the current climates, at the moment with a redundancy could be around the corner, things like that. Er, it’s just, it’s just we won’t want to have the debt really after a wedding as well. We have saved money on the honeymoon, and we have asked for a gift list for contributions from people, I think nowadays it’s a lot more acceptable to do that.

So it seems a trip down the aisle hasn’t lost its attraction after all. It’s just couples want to do it for richer, rather than poorer.

Paul Harrison, Sky News.
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It's the biggest and the most expensive party you're ever likely to host, the average UK wedding now costs around 23,000pounds. The more the credit crunch isn’t stopping couples tying the knot. Many aren't prepared to get tied up in financial knots.

"So, have you got an idea what style you are looking for? No, I've got a few different ideas, I, quite like a ruched (one)."

Something old and something nearly new. Bristol bride-to-be Catherine Balads has come to Bernardos in east London to find her dream dress, but it's no fantasy, this collection includes well-known labels / at a third of the price.

"As I'm walking around ,and I’ve got my ceremony, I don't think people are gonna say: “Oh, you know, I can tell that one is gonna know it's not expensive', I think it's in your own head. And I’m, I'm quite happy with , er,you know, if it means I have a gown that costs half as much, it means we can spend money, you know, in the other places, / we can go and have a fancy honeymoon, maybe."  

And some don’t even try before they buy, eBay this year has so far seen a 60% increase in wedding dress listings, and a 200% increase in engagement ring sales, and recession hit couples planning to say "I do", are increasingly deciding "no can't do" in other areas too, just 6% are prepared to slash their wedding photography budget, while 10% are choosing fewer flowers, though a staggering 49% are rethinking their honeymoon plans. In fact, so concerned that many of their venue or caterer falls victim to the credit crunch, wedding insurance is booming.

"It's a difficult time, and some lowness , some businesses are struggling, and therefore wedding insurance gives you the peace of mind, if something does go wrong, actually you can go out, you can go out, and you can afford to replace that supply with someone else."

Come and have a look, it's been going under my band for about 10 years now. Not only our couples becoming more savvy, the recession is turning them into hard-nosed bargain hunters, no need for that here though at Luxters Barna in Henley up on Thames, you can get 40% off the hire of the venue and apparently Thursday is the new Saturday.

"Predominately Saturday is always the key day to have the party or wedding whatever, and then Fridays, and then Sundays, and I will see a lot more midweek activity, because it's cheaper."

"...caterer section"

So how much can you really save? Recruitment consultant Lucy and James are footing at least half of their wedding costs. "Dress, insurance", so they are doing a little recruiting of their own, friends are taking care of their photography,flowers and the cars, and by cutting down on numbers, they've saved around 10,000 pounds.

"Specially with the current climates at the moment with a redundancy could be around the corner,and things like that, it's just we wouldn’t want to have the debt really after our wedding as well. We have saved money on the honeymoon, and we have asked for our gift list for contributions from people. I think nowadays it is a lot more acceptable to do that."

So it seems that trip down the isle hasn't lost its attraction after all. It's just couples want to do it for richer, rather than poorer.
Paul Harrison, Sky News.
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本帖最后由 北星束 于 2009-5-13 17:41 编辑

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It's the biggest and / most expensive party you're ever likely to host, the average UK wedding now costs around 23,000pounds. And while the credit crunch isn’t stopping couples tying the knot. Many aren't prepared to get tied up in financial knots.

"So, have you got an idea what style you are looking for? No, I've found a few different ideas, I, quite like ruching."

Something old and something nearly new. Bristol bride-to-be Catherine Balads / comes to Bernardos in east London to find her dream dress, but it's no fantasy, this collection includes well-known labels / at a third of the price.

"As I'm walking around ,and I’ve got my ceremony, I don't think people are gonna say: “Oh, you know, I can tell that one you know it's not expensive', I think it's in your own head. And I’m, I'm quite happy with , er,you know, if it means I have a gown that costs half as much, it means we can spend money, you know, in the other places, / we can go on a fancy honeymoon, maybe."



And some don’t even try before they buy, eBay this year has so far seen a 60% increase in wedding dress listings, and a 200% increase in engagement ring sales, and recession hit couples planning to say "I do", are increasingly deciding "no can't do" in other areas too, just 6% are prepared to slash their wedding photography budget, while 10% are choosing fewer flowers, though a staggering 49% are rethinking their honeymoon plans. In fact, so concerned that many of their venue or caterer falls victim to the credit crunch, wedding insurance is booming.

"It's a difficult time, and annoyance, some businesses are struggling, and therefore wedding insurance gives you the peace of mind, if something does go wrong, actually you can go out and you can afford to a place that is supplied with someone else."

Come and have a look, it's been going under metal barn roof for about 10 years now. Not only our couples becoming more savvy, the recession is turning them into hard-nosed bargain hunters, no need for that here though. At Luxters Barna in Henley upon Thames, you can get 40% off the hire of the venue and apparently Thursday is the new Saturday.

"Predominately Saturday is always the key day to have the party or wedding or whatever, and then Fridays, and then Sundays/ will see a lot more midweek activity, because it's cheaper."

"...caterer section"

So how much can you really save? Recruitment consultant Lucy and James are footing at least half of their wedding costs. "Dress, insurance", so they are doing a little recruiting of their own, friends are taking care of their photography, flowers and the cars, and by cutting down on numbers, they've saved around 10,000 pounds.

"Specially with the current climates at the moment with redundancy could be around the corner, and things like that, it's just we wouldn’t want to have the debt really after our wedding as well. We have saved money on the honeymoon, and we have asked for our gift list for contributions from people. I think nowadays it is a lot more acceptable to do that."

So it seems that trip down the isle hasn't lost its attraction after all. It's just couples want to do it for richer, rather than poorer.
Paul Harrison, Sky News.


【整理】北星束
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It's the biggest and
most expensive party you're ever likely to host, the average UK wedding now costs around 23,000pounds. And while the credit crunch isn’t stopping couples tying the knot. Many aren't prepared to get tied up in financial knots.


"So, have you got an idea what style you are looking for? No, I've found a few different ideas, I, quite like ruching."

Something old and something nearly new. Bristol bride-to-be Catherine Balads
comes to Bernardos in east London to find her dream dress, but it's no fantasy, this collection includes well-known labels
at a third of the price.


"As I'm walking around ,and I’ve got my ceremony, I don't think people are gonna say: “Oh, you know, I can tell that one you know it's not expensive', I think it's in your own head. And I’m, I'm quite happy with , er,you know, if it means I have a gown that costs half as much, it means we can spend money, you know, in the other places,
we can go on a fancy honeymoon, maybe."




And some don’t even try before they buy, eBay this year has so far seen a 60% increase in wedding dress listings, and a 200% increase in engagement ring sales, and recession hit couples planning to say "I do", are increasingly deciding "no can't do" in other areas too, just 6% are prepared to slash their wedding photography budget, while 10% are choosing fewer flowers, though a staggering 49% are rethinking their honeymoon plans. In fact, so concerned that many of their venue or caterer falls victim to the credit crunch, wedding insurance is booming.

"It's a difficult time, and annoyance, some businesses are struggling, and therefore wedding insurance gives you the peace of mind, if something does go wrong, actually you can go out and you can afford to a place that is supplied with someone else."

Come and have a look, it's been going under metal barn roof for about 10 years now. Not only our couples becoming more savvy, the recession is turning them into hard-nosed bargain hunters, no need for that here though. At Luxters Barna in Henley upon Thames, you can get 40% off the hire of the venue and apparently Thursday is the new Saturday.

"Predominately Saturday is always the key day to have the party or wedding or whatever, and then Fridays, and then Sundays will see a lot more midweek activity, because it's cheaper."

"...caterer section"

So how much can you really save? Recruitment consultant Lucy and James are footing at least half of their wedding costs. "Dress, insurance", so they are doing a little recruiting of their own, friends are taking care of their photography, flowers and the cars, and by cutting down on numbers, they've saved around 10,000 pounds.

"Specially with the current climates at the moment with redundancy could be around the corner, and things like that, it's just we wouldn’t want to have the debt really after our wedding as well. We have saved money on the honeymoon, and we have asked for our gift list for contributions from people. I think nowadays it is a lot more acceptable to do that."

So it seems that trip down the isle hasn't lost its attraction after all. It's just couples want to do it for richer, rather than poorer.
Paul Harrison, Sky News.
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It's the biggest and the most expensive party you're ever likely to host, the average UK wedding now costs around 23,000pounds. The more the credit * isn’t stopping couples tying the knot. Many aren't prepared to get tied up in financial knots.
"So, you got an idea what style you are looking for? No, I've got a few different ideas, Er, quite like er... *."
Something old and something nearly new. Bristol bride-to-be Catherine Balads has come to Bernardos in east London to find her dream dress, but it's no fantasy, this collection includes well-known labels  at a third of the price.
"As I'm walking around ,I’ve got my ceremony, I don't think people are gonna say: “Oh, you know, I can tell that one is not  expensive', I think it's in your own head. And I’m, I'm quite happy with that,you know, if it means I have a gown that costs half as much, it means we can spend money, you know, in the other places,  we can go to a fancy honeymoon, maybe."  
And some don’t even try before they buy, eBay this year has so far seen a 60% increase in wedding dress listings, and a 200% increase in engagement ring sales, and recession hit couples planning to say "I do", are increasingly deciding "no can do" in other areas too, just 6% are prepared to slash their wedding photography budget, while 10% are choosing fewer flowers, though a staggering 49% are rethinking their honeymoon plans. In fact, so concerned that many of their venue or cadre forced victim to the credit crunch, wedding insurance is booming.
"It's a difficult time, and some narrows, some businesses are struggling, and therefore wedding insurance gives you a peace of mind, if thing does go wrong, actually you can go out, , and you can afford to replace that supply with someone else."
Here have a look, it's been going under my band for about 10 years. Not only our couples becoming more savvy, the recessions turning them into hard-nosed bargain hunters, no need for that here though at luckiest handily a prompt hands, you can get 40% off the hire of the venue and apparently Thursday is the new Saturday.
"Predominately Saturday is always the key day to have the party or wedding whatever, and then Fridays, Sundays, and I've seen a lot more midweek activity, because it's cheaper."
So how much can you really save? Recruitment consultant Lucy and James are footing at least half of their wedding costs. "Dress, insurance", so they are doing a little recruiting of their own, friends are taking care of their photography,flowers and the cars, and by cutting down on numbers, they've saved around 10,000 pounds.
"Specially with the current climates at the moment with a * could be around the corner,things like that, it's just we wouldn’t want to have the debt really after the wedding as well. We have saved money on the honeymoon, and we have asked for our gift list for contributions from people. I think nowadays it is a lot more acceptable to do that."
So it seems that trip down the isle hasn't lost its attraction after all. It's just couples want to do it for richer, rather than poorer.
Paul Harrison, Sky News.
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本帖最后由 Georgetsen 于 2009-5-19 11:33 编辑

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It's the biggest and / most expensive party you're ever likely to host, the average UK wedding now costs around 23,000pounds. And while the credit crunch isn’t stopping couples tying the knot. Many aren't prepared to get tied up in financial knots.

"So, have you got an idea what style you are looking for? No, I've found a few different ideas, I, quite like ruching."


Something old and something nearly new. Bristol bride-to-be Catherine Balads / comes to Bernardos in east London to find her dream dress, but it's no fantasy, this collection includes well-known labels / at a third of the price.

"As I'm walking around ,and I’ve got my ceremony, I don't think people are gonna say: “Oh, you know, I can tell that one is not expensive', I think it's in your own head. And I’m, I'm quite happy with , er,you know, if it means I have a gown that costs half as much, it means we can spend money, you know, in the other places, / we can go on a fancy honeymoon, maybe."



And some don’t even try before they buy, eBay this year has so far seen a 60% increase in wedding dress listings, and a 200% increase in engagement ring sales, and recession hit couples planning to say "I do", are increasingly deciding "no can't do" in other areas too, just 6% are prepared to slash their wedding photography budget, while 10% are choosing fewer flowers, though a staggering 49% are rethinking their honeymoon plans. In fact, so concerned that many of their venue or caterer falls victim to the credit crunch, wedding insurance is booming.

"It's a difficult time, and annoyance, some businesses are struggling, and therefore wedding insurance gives you the peace of mind, if something does go wrong, actually you can go out and you can afford to a place that is supplied with someone else."

Come and have a look, it's been going under my band for about 10 years now. Not only our couples becoming more savvy, the recession is turning them into hard-nosed bargain hunters, no need for that here though. At Luxters Barna in Henley upon Thames, you can get 40% off the hire of the venue and apparently Thursday is the new Saturday.

"Predominately Saturday is always the key day to have the party or wedding or whatever, and then Fridays, and then Sundays/ will see a lot more midweek activity, because it's cheaper."

"...caterer section"

So how much can you really save? Recruitment consultant Lucy and James are footing at least half of their wedding costs. "Dress, insurance", so they are doing a little recruiting of their own, friends are taking care of their photography, flowers and the cars, and by cutting down on numbers, they've saved around 10,000 pounds.

"Specially with the current climates at the moment with redundancy could be around the corner, and things like that, it's just we wouldn’t want to have the debt really after our wedding as well. We have saved money on the honeymoon, and we have asked for our gift list for contributions from people. I think nowadays it is a lot more acceptable to do that."

So it seems that trip down the isle hasn't lost its attraction after all. It's just couples want to do it for richer, rather than poorer.
Paul Harrison, Sky News.
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It’s the biggest and most expensive party you are ever likely to host. The average U.K wedding now costs around 23,000 pounds. And while the credit crunch isn’t stopping couples tying the knot, many aren’t prepared to get tired up in financial knots.
“So, have you got an idea what style you are looking for?
“No, I’ve found quite a few different ideas. I quite like a ruchine.”
Something old and something nearly new. Bristol bride-to-be Catherine Balads come to Bernard’s in east London, to find her dream dress, but hits no fantasy this collection includes well-known labels at 1/3 of the price.  
As I am walking around and I’ve got my ceremony, I don’t think people are gonna say, oh, you know, I can tell that one I know it’s not expensive. I think it’s in your own head, and I am, I am quite happy with that, you know, if it means I have a gown that costs half as much, it means we can spend money, you know, in other places, we can go on a fancy honeymoon, hehe, maybe.
And some don’t even try before they buy. eBay this year has so far seen as 60% increase in wedding dress listings, and a 200% increase in engagement ring sales. And recession (撤退,后退;工商业之衰退, 不景气) hit couples planning to say “I do”, are increasingly deciding “No Can Do” in other areas too. Just 6% are prepared to slash their wedding photography budget, while 10% are choosing fewer flowers, though a staggering 49% are rethinking their honeymoon plans. In fact, so concerned that many of their venue or caterer falls victim to the credit crunch, wedding insurance is booming.
It is a difficult time, and some annoyance and some businesses are struggling, and therefore wedding insurance gives you the peace of mind, if something does go wrong, actually you can go out and you can afford to (支付的起) a place that is supplied with someone else.
Come and have a look, it’s been going under my barn roof for about ten years.
Not only are couples becoming more savvy, the recession is turning them into hard-nosed bargain hunters. No need for that here though, At Luxters Barna in Henley upon Thames, you can get 40% off the hire of the venue, and apparently Thursday is the new Saturday.
Predominantly, Saturday was always the key day to have a party or a wedding or whatever, and then Fridays and then Sundays we will see a lot more mid-week activities, because it’s cheaper.
“…caterer section.” So how much can you really save? Recruitment consultancy Lucy & James are footing (结(账),付(款)) at least half of their wedding costs. “…dresses, insurance…” So they are doing a little recruiting of their own. Friends are taking care of their photography, flowers and the cars. And by cutting down on numbers, they’ve saved around 10,000 pounds.
“Especially with the current climates at the moment with redundancy could be around the corner, and things like that, it’s just we wouldn’t want to have the debt really after a wedding as well. We have saved money on the honeymoon and we have asked for our gift list for contributions from people. I think nowadays it is a lot more acceptable to do that.”
So it seems a trip down the isle hasn’t lost its attraction after all. It’s just couples want to do for richer rather than poorer.  
Paul Harrison, Sky News.
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本帖最后由 shjtju 于 2009-5-27 15:49 编辑

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It's the biggest and / most expensive party you're ever likely to host, the average UK wedding now costs around 23,000pounds. And while the credit crunch isn’t stopping couples tying the knot. Many aren't prepared to get tied up in financial knots.

"So, have you got an idea what style you are looking for? No, I've found a few different ideas, I, quite like ruching."

Something old and something nearly new. Bristol bride-to-be Catherine Balads / comes to Bernardos in east London to find her dream dress, but it's no fantasy, this collection includes well-known labels / at a third of the price.

"As I'm walking around ,and I’ve got my ceremony, I don't think people are gonna say: “Oh, you know, I can tell that one is not expensive', I think it's in your own head. And I’m, I'm quite happy with , er,you know, if it means I have a gown that costs half as much, it means we can spend money, you know, in the other places, / we can go on a fancy honeymoon, maybe."



And some don’t even try before they buy, eBay this year has so far seen a 60% increase in wedding dress listings, and a 200% increase in engagement ring sales, and recession hit couples planning to say "I do", are increasingly deciding "no can't do" in other areas too, just 6% are prepared to slash their wedding photography budget, while 10% are choosing fewer flowers, though a staggering 49% are rethinking their honeymoon plans. In fact, so concerned that many of their venue or caterer falls victim to the credit crunch, wedding insurance is booming.

"It's a difficult time, and annoyance, some businesses are struggling, and therefore wedding insurance gives you the peace of mind, if something does go wrong, actually you can go out and you can afford to a place that is supplied with someone else."

Come and have a look, it's been going under my band for about 10 years now. Not only our couples becoming more savvy, the recession is turning them into hard-nosed bargain hunters, no need for that here though. At Luxters Barna in Henley upon Thames, you can get 40% off the hire of the venue and apparently Thursday is the new Saturday.

"Predominately Saturday is always the key day to have the party or wedding or whatever, and then Fridays, and then Sundays/ will see a lot more midweek activity, because it's cheaper."

"...caterer section"

So how much can you really save? Recruitment consultant Lucy and James are footing at least half of their wedding costs. "Dress, insurance", so they are doing a little recruiting of their own, friends are taking care of their photography, flowers and the cars, and by cutting down on numbers, they've saved around 10,000 pounds.

"Specially with the current climates at the moment with redundancy could be around the corner, and things like that, it's just we wouldn’t want to have the debt really after our wedding as well. We have saved money on the honeymoon, and we have asked for our gift list for contributions from people. I think nowadays it is a lot more acceptable to do that."

So it seems that a trip down the isle hasn't lost its attraction after all. It's just couples want to do it for richer, rather than poorer.
Paul Harrison, Sky News.
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