I think Keira Knightly has done a major service to young couples thinking about getting married. Taking the marriage ceremony back to it’s bare basics, about the couple and nobody else is the best message a celebrity can give to the masses. Expensive weddings have simply got out of hand. The amount a young couple are expected to save to blow on the big day is ridiculous. Particularly in our current economic crisis.
Here she is in her old dress having been driven to the ceremony by her mother in a Renault Clio and with only 12 guests in attendance. Very cool indeed.
High Court family judge Sir Paul Coleridge, head of the Marriage Foundation think tank, has recently been quoted as saying that more couples should keep things low key.‘More should be done to tackle the issue of young couples in debt and the rising cost of getting married,’ she said.‘As unromantic as the concept may seem, keeping spending on wedding ceremonies reasonable will build solid foundations for couples and allow the greater financial security that is imperative in today’s economic climate.’ At the moment, young people are frequently drawn into spending over £30,000 on their wedding day she said, which “puts a huge strain on the relationship; along with the ever-increased costs of starting a family in the shadow of uncertain economic times”.
‘In the heat of romance and celebration it can be too easy to ignore the often crippling long-term implications which naturally impose a huge strain on new relationships,’ she said in a letter to The Times.
I completely agree – it is very easy to focus on the wedding and not on the day after and the day after that….