Everyone (or anyone who has ever picked up a women's magazine, watched reality TV, gone to the movies, lived on this earth, etc) knows that ladies start planning their weddings the moment they emerge from the womb. But it turns out that UK men actually used to want to spend more than their future brides on weddings before the financial crisis. According to The Telegraph, the average man planned on spending £7,790 (around $9,700) on the big day before 2007, as opposed to women, who budgeted out £5,600.
But now! Men have lowered their expectations a tad (from £7,790 to £7,060) while women's expectations have raised about 50 percent to £8,380. We know this because researchers interviewed 1,044 engaged people in 2007 and then another 2,030 people in 2012 about their wedding budgets. Men, those reasonable creatures, told the researchers that they want to cut costs everywhere from the price of bands to bachelor parties (or "stag parties" as they call them), while brides-to-be have doubled their entertainment and venue expectations. "While grooms are tightening their belts, brides want to spend even bigger," one explained somewhat redundantly.
Researchers also asked survey-takers why their plans had changed over the past few years. Wait, no, they didn't — but that would have been interesting and, uh, relevant. Do people feel more pressure to turn their weddings into fairy tales now that a fairy-tale life seems farther away, financially speaking? And where's the data on the pressure men feel to make the big day count? Just think of all of the money that goes towards making dudes feel like they're failures if they don't track down the perfect dress, table settings, and mini cupcakes. Nah, that's boring. Let's just talk about how all women are total Bridezillas.
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