With a venue, meals and decorations to consider, wedding planning can be a very time-consuming (and expensive) business. However, couples could now plan their nuptials for an eighth of the usual price thanks to an all-inclusive wedding package from popular pub chain Wetherspoons.
The chain, which has around 1,000 locations in the UK, has been licensed to carry out weddings, and is offering a special package for £3,000 for couples looking to tie the knot on a budget. The offer includes a three course meal for 100 guests, sparkling wine, table decorations and a live DJ.
The Knight's Templar pub in London offers a wedding package for £3,000
However, it is currently only available in one Wetherspoons branch - the Knights Templar pub on Chancery Lane, London. The pub is a converted banking hall and has two floors with a balcony, and a stylish interior that pays homage to its history (it is named after an ancient order of Warrior Monks which feature heavily in The Da Vinci Code - and even makes an appearance in the movie).
Brides and grooms will have exclusive use of the pub for their wedding day, complete with their own wedding host and table decorations. Some 300 guests will be able to attend the evening reception, making it an ideal venue for couple's hoping to host a big wedding for all their friends and family, without the hefty price tag.
The cost of weddings has hit an all-time high
It comes at a time when the cost of an average British wedding has hit an all-time high, at an average of £27,161, according to a survey conducted by wedding planning website Hitched. The most expensive elements on average are venue hire (£4,354), honeymoon (£3,630) and food (£3,353).
Contrary to tradition, more couples are now paying for their weddings with little-to-no funding from their families. Some 51 per cent of couples said they paid for their big day with little help from their parents, while 32 per cent funded it entirely by themselves.