One-third of newlyweds say they wish they'd spent less on their wedding
TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Post-wedding season has arrived and the
harsh financial reality of planning and paying for a wedding has set in
for young married Canadians. According to new research commissioned by
eBay Canada, newlyweds aged 18 to 34 are experiencing "bridal remorse,"
wishing they'd spent less on their wedding day. And who can blame them?
After the florist, caterer, and venue have been booked, newlyweds are
left with a whopping wedding bill.
"Something borrowed and something blue outlast the wedding day," said
Kimberly Moffit, a psychotherapist and eBay Canada's wedding counselor.
Once the wedding is over, many newlyweds are left feeling blue and
needing to borrow to pay their bills. Couples want their big day to be
special but the pressure to stage an elaborate wedding can be taxing
emotionally and financially."
According to the survey, nearly one-in-four young Canadian couples
believe they overspent on their wedding and many are looking for ways
to get out of wedding debt. In fact, 13 per cent of married Canadians
aged 18 to 34 plan to sell their wedding items to recoup some of the
money they spent.
The survey also found that not all newlyweds are admitting to their
bridal remorse. While 15 per cent of all married Canadians admit to
wishing they spent less on their wedding, nearly twice as many
Canadians (29 per cent) know someone who is experiencing remorse and
wishing they spent less on their big day.
To help future couples avoid bridal remorse, eBay Canada's wedding
counselor Kimberley Moffit offer the following tips:
Dream day realities - Many couples want to make their wedding day dreams a reality, but
it's important to balance your wedding wants versus needs and to set
realistic expectations based on your budget, timeline, and resources.
Your day, your way - Who says you can't have your wedding cake and eat it too? Your big day should be a reflection of you and
your partner, so try to avoid getting caught up in fulfilling other
Keep an open mind - When it comes to planning your wedding, try looking at alternative
resources not just traditional ones. For example, online sites like
eBay.ca offer a variety of wedding items, including dresses, to fit any
Look beyond the wedding day - Remember that the wedding day celebrates the start of your life
together with your partner. Not sweating the small stuff and looking at
the big picture will help to keep everything in perspective.
Bridal remorse, in varying degrees, is felt across the country. The
survey found that:
Married Albertans are more likely than those in British Columbia to say
they wish they spent less on their wedding (21 versus 10 per cent).
Canadians in Atlantic Canada are more likely than the rest of the
country to know someone who plans to sell wedding items to recoup some
of the money spent.
Canadians in Alberta, Atlantic Canada and Ontario are more likely than
Quebeckers to know someone who thinks they overspent on the wedding.
One-quarter (27 per cent) of Albertans know someone who feels guilty or
remorseful about how much money they spent on their wedding, more so
than those in Quebec, the Prairies or British Columbia.
About the survey
The online survey was conducted for eBay Canada by Leger Marketing, the
largest Canadian owned marketing research company. The survey was
conducted between August 8th and August 10th, 2011 using a national
random sample of 1,503 respondents from Leger Marketing's Web panel.
This method simulates a probability sample which would yield a maximum
margin of error of +/- 2.5%.
About eBay Canada
Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. connects millions of
buyers and sellers globally on a daily basis through eBay, the world's
largest online marketplace, and PayPal, which enables individuals and
businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive online
payments. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such
as StubHub, the world's largest ticket marketplace, and eBay
Classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000
cities around the world. In Canada, eBay was visited by nearly 7
million Canadians in September 2011. (comScore Media Metrix).
SOURCE eBay Canada
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