Joyce Johnson compares wedding budgets.
Joyce Johnson compares wedding budgets.

A lot of 'to do' about I do...

WHEN Joyce Johnson married her sweetheart Les way back in 1941 it was in a home-made wedding dress that cost just ten shillings.

“But it was still a silk dress,” this good humoured Swanfels local insisted.

Yet she says the ‘to do’ that was her wedding pales in comparison with the fanfare being organised for the latest royal wedding in England.

“I would hate to think how much it is costing,” she admitted.

British press this week reported Kate Middleton’s wedding gown alone had cost her parents in excess of $46,000.

The Middleton’s will also pay more than $31,000 in hotel bills for their daughter and her bridesmaids leading up to Friday’s ceremony.

While the total cost of Will and Kate’s wedding has yet to be revealed it will undoubtedly leave the matrimonial ceremonies of mere mortals in the shadows.

According to the latest Australia wedding survey by Bride To Be magazine our newly weds on average spend $48,296 on their special day.

The survey found wedding costs had increased by 73 percent in the past 10 years and by 25 percent over the past three years.

And breaking it all down the biggest cost was the reception averaging $112 per head, while most Australian women pay around $2000 for their dress.

How different weddings were in Mrs Johnson’s day.

“We were married in the middle of the war,” she said.

“I wore a dress my mother made for me from white silk with a satin stripe and a borrowed veil.

“We made up our own bouquets on the morning of the wedding.

“And I think I went to St Andrew’s church in a taxi.”

Tough times meant there was no money for flowers in the church or an organist.

“We just went in and got married,” Mrs Johnson said.

The couple and 21 close family and friends then had a wedding breakfast at the ABC Cafe in Palmerin St.

“That was all my father could afford,” she explained.

The newly weds then travelled onto Allora’s Royal Hotel for their wedding night.

“In the end you know it doesn’t matter how much you spend on your wedding, it is all about whether you find the right fellow.”



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