MILLIONS of Britons are facing financial ruin because their friends keep getting married in distant, expensive places they have only visited once.
New figures show 64 per cent of households listed friends’ foreign weddings, which are basically compulsory holidays to places they do not really want to visit, as the foremost drain on their already embattled finances.
Julian Cook, chief economist at Donnelly-McPartlin, said: “If anyone complains it’s because they hate the idea of love in any form and have a pus-filled blister where their heart should be’.
“Having a wedding is like being a baby again. You can do more or less what you want and everyone you know just has to handle it.”
He added: “Historically, the people getting married would do so where they lived. Chances were that many of the invited guests would also hail from the area, making it a pretty good set-up for all concerned, logistically speaking.
“You could get the whole thing done and dusted in a day and nobody had to bugger about with typhoid injections.
“However, somewhere along the line some marketing bastards decided the local approach wasn’t ‘memorable’ enough and basically rewired the whole thing into a nightmare.”
Martin Bishop, 31, from Finsbury Park, said : “This year I’ve been to seven weddings in nine countries. I wish all my friends were in jail.”