Well, this is kind of the worst. Traditionally, the bride and groom's parents pay for the wedding. In some cases, the newly engaged couple foot the bill themselves. But, what if we told you that guests were required to pay for the ceremony? It sounds absurd (because it is), right? Well, in one special case, a couple that was unable to afford their dream wedding had asked guests to contribute £150 (or about $180) each in order to attend. The groom, Ben Farina, devised a "business model" for guests, and revealed his wedding to Clara Moran will be "like an all-inclusive holiday" for those attending.
The charge will cover a three-night stay at Knockerdown Cottages, located in Derbyshire, England, which includes a pool and spa. Naturally, the groom insisted the request had "gone down well" with guests. Farina was, in fact, right, as 60 adult and 20 child guests are attending and have paid their deposits. During an interview with BBC, Farina believes his plan is actually beneficial for guests.
"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?" he told news source. "I sold it to them a bit like an all-inclusive holiday, so all the food and drinks will be incorporated in that cost. 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."
So, what are the bride and groom paying for? Here's a brief breakdown. Farina and Moran are contributing £2,000 (or $2,700) of their own money, which will cover alcohol, food, the wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses and "cheap" suits for the groom and best men. Guests can also bring alcohol to drink during their stay. The groom's mother is contributing £750 (or $1,016) for a hog roast the day of the ceremony (cooked by the groom's stepfather). Farina's father is also contributing £500 ($677) to the ceremony.
Could this be an up-and-coming wedding trend? We're gonna say no.