Weddings don’t come cheap, especially when the cost of the couple’s dream venue alone weighs in at a hefty £10,000. That was how much Ben Farina and Clare Moran faced having to stump up to have their wedding next summer at Knockerdown Cottages in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. What to do? Ask the guests to contribute up to £150 each, that’s what. According to Mr Farina, the request has “gone down well. I had it all mapped out before I proposed. I knew her reaction would be ‘we can’t afford to get married’ so I started showing her how we could.” Already deposits have been paid by all 80 guests. As for the other costs, Mr Farina’s mother is shelling out £750 for a hog roast; his father is chipping in with a £500 contribution; while the couple themselves are spending £2,000 of their own cash on drinks, the wedding and bridesmaids dresses and suits for the groom and groomsmen. Mr Farina’s stepfather, who is a chef, has volunteered to cook a Sunday roast for guests the day after the wedding and a friend has offered to be the wedding singer. Mr Farina explains how he came up with the idea, “People always pay a large amount of money to go to a wedding anyway, so why not have it paying towards the actual wedding rather than just to a business owner? I sold it to them a bit like an all-inclusive holiday, so all the food and drinks will be incorporated in that cost. The venue also has a spa, an indoor swimming pool, a games room, it’s very close to local amenities, there’s a lake, so it is like a little holiday resort.” Bride to be Miss Moran said: “I never thought we would be able to have a wedding like this. We had spoken about marriage because we’ve got a little girl together and I always said we wouldn’t be able to afford to do it, or it would have to be a registry office wedding, not a big wedding. This is a brilliant way to do it and I can’t wait. He has put a lot of thought into it.” Well that is one way to Knockerdown the price.