Groom asks guests to pay for wedding expenses

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 21, 2017

"I sold it to them a bit like an all-inclusive holiday, so all the food and drinks will be incorporated in that cost", Ben told the BBC.

The thrifty groom says it's like an all-inclusive holiday for his wedding guests.

In a "business model" devised by Ben Farina, the groom-to-be has asked for guests to fork out more than $250 to attend their big day in June 2018.

Almost 60 adult guests, along with 20 of their children, have agreed to attend and chip in.

"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?" said Mr Farina.

"Knockerdown Cottages offered us a package which catered to have all the guests stay on site for the whole weekend so we didn't have to pay any travelling costs", he said.

The couple, who just bought a house in South Yorkshire where they live with their three-year-old daughter, are getting married at Knockerdown Cottages in Derbyshire, which is charging $16,828 (£10,000) for the wedding and a three-night stay. And parents are paying $67 for their children - 20 of which are slated to attend.

The couple are dipping into their own pockets to the tune of £2,000 which will pay for the alcohol, food, wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses and suits for the groom and ushers.

'The venue also has a spa, an indoor swimming pool, a games room, it's very close to local amenities, there's a lake, so it is like a little holiday resort'. Farina's stepfather is a chef, and has agreed to cook the hog roast.

He said that if his guests did not support the idea, they would have a simpler and smaller wedding.

When Ben Farina and Clare Moran made a decision to get married, the 37-year-old mother-of-two admits she didn't think they could afford a lovely wedding with all the trimmings.

"I never thought we would be able to have a wedding like this", Clare Moran told the BBC.

'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.

While others online have called him out as "tight" the bride-to-be is thrilled with the arrangement, telling BBC: "This is a brilliant way to do it and I can't wait".

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