Can’t afford a wedding? Three’s a crowdfund

Ideas

Can’t afford a wedding? Three’s a crowdfund

But some are saying if you can’t afford to get married, don’t get married

Helen Chandler-Wilde

Going to a wedding is expensive enough: after paying for the hotel, the outfit, the journey and the gift, the average guest forks out $500, according to American Express. Now some couples are asking guests to go a step further and pay for the wedding itself.

English couple Kasia Fleming, 41, and Sam Buxton, 42, began crowdfunding for their 2017 wedding after realising how expensive it would be to host 170 guests.

They paid for the marquee in a family garden and bought the meat for a barbecue themselves, but the rest was up to the guests. Some gave money, others gave their time: making desserts and salads, preparing cheese boards, growing and arranging the flowers, taking photos or DJing...

This article is reserved for Times Select subscribers.
A subscription gives you full digital access to all Times Select content.

Times Select

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems?
Email helpdesk@timeslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00.