Wedded to the idea of a good buy

2 October 2009

We all love a good bargain. But when it comes to the biggest day of a young couple’s life, let’s face it – it’s going to be a costly affair. These days, the average wedding will set you back around £15,000, leaving us single gals wondering if we’ll ever make it down the aisle.


So I was heartened by a story I read this week on the Daily Mail website about a shrewd pair of lovebirds who managed to bag their nuptials from eBay – for a mere £51. The newlyweds struck lucky when the three-star hotel received a last-minute cancellation and posted the all-in event on the auction site.


The bargain included the venue hire, a three-course meal for 35 guests and a 50-person evening buffet. They arrived to a red carpet welcome and enjoyed a buck’s fizz reception with friends and family.


This is not the only story of its kind. It seems in this day and age, anything can be bought – and bartered for – online.


With the advent of sites like to Craigslist, everyone, from the ordinary man or woman in the street to procurement professionals, can find what they want on the internet.


From the sublime to the ridiculous, there are evidently some great bargains to be had.

London SW1E
Circa £62-68k depending on experience, with attractive benefits
Girls' Day School Trust
Chelmsford, Essex
Up to £44,000 per annum
Essex County Council
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