The economic crisis is so bad that Spanish families can no longer splash out on two ceremonies very close to their hearts – weddings and communions. Happy couples thought nothing of spending €20,500 on their wedding but catering companies reported last week that they are now requesting the cheapest menus and cutting back on the number of guests. And offers of wedding gowns are appearing more frequently on eBay where gowns that cost €1,500 are going for less than €400. First communions, which used to cost €3,600 on average have been cut back by half. Families are no longer booking restaurants for the post-communion party, which is now being held in the church hall or at home. They’ve managed to cut spending back by half by doing away by eliminating visits to the hairdressers and hiring cheaper photographers who take less photos.


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