Over half of brides feel the tradition of fathers paying for their wedding is out of date, according to a new survey
When it comes to weddings, few individuals face such a burden as that of the father of the bride. Not only is he expected to walk his daughter down the aisle, he also bears the responsibility of delivering a toe-curlingly embarrassing speech. If that weren't enough, he also has to pay for the entire day.
According to Brides magazine, an average British wedding now costs in the region of £24,000, by the time you've totted up the price of the venue, catering, photographer, gifts and a fancy honeymoon. Let's hope the old man has been putting some money aside over the years.
However, new research conducted by the jewellers Beaverbrooks suggests that the bride's father might actually be off the hook. A study of over 2,000 married females found that only 18 per cent of brides' parents paid for a wedding in its entirity. Instead, 42 per cent of couples said they paid for their wedding themselves.
More than half of the women surveyed said they never expected their dad to pay for their wedding, and that the traditional practice is out of date.
According to Anna Blackburn, a Beaverbrooks spokeswoman: "The days of the father of the bride paying for everything are becoming increasingly uncommon, not only because it's huge financial burden for him, but also the groom's parents want to play a part too - which is understandable.
"Weddings can be expensive and it's fairly common for family members of both the bride and groom to contribute."
The survey found that 81 per cent of weddings are funded by a number of family members, with nearly 10 per cent of couples receiving financial support from siblings.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the speeches, the father of the bride is very much on his own.
Read the text and answer the following questions
1.Who faces the greatest burden at weddings and why?
2.How much does an average British wedding cost?
3.What is included in the price?
4.What does new research show?
5.Do the majority of women expect their father to pay for their wedding?
6.Are the groom's parents willing to contribute to the cost nowadays?
7.What % of the couples' brothers and sisters help out financially?
Find the following words in the text. They are in order.
2.long, thin passage in church
3.long talk at wedding reception
5. public place where celebrations are held
6.holiday after wedding ceremony
7.be free from
10. brothers and sisters
1. the brides father, because he has to pay for most of the expenses
3. catering, photographer, venue, gifts and honeymoon
4. It is now more uncommon for the bride's father to pay for the entire wedding
5. Not anymore.
1.burden 2.aisle 3.speech 4.tot up 5. venue 6.honey moon 7.be off the hook 8.out of date 9.funded 10. siblings