A thrifty brother and sister saved a bundle on their weddings – by getting hitched to their partners on the same day and sharing the cost.
Andrea Walker, 31, and younger brother Christopher Brennan, 28, had back-to-back ceremonies over the weekend.
The inseparable siblings even shared the costs of staging a joint wedding reception for more than 100 guests – making savings of around £5,000 per couple.
On Sunday (25/8) Andrea, a trainee teaching assistant, tied the knot with warehouse manager Matt Walker, 28.
Just 30 minutes after saying their nuptials, Christopher said ‘I do’ to long term girlfriend Adele, 28, who works as a cleaner.
After pooling their resources, the couples were able to shell out for a dream wedding at the posh Castle Hotel, in Tamworth, Staffs.
Andrea said: “Matt and I were looking at getting married at the same time as Christopher and Adele were also looking at places.
“It turned out we were all going for similar locations and colour schemes but the cost was spiralling.
“I was chatting away to Christopher one day, moaning about the costs going up and then we just said ‘why don’t we do it together?’
“Then it sort of snowballed from there.
“It happened by chance because it was convenient.
“It was also better for my dad who is suffering from emphysema to be able to see us both get married on the same day.”
Christopher, who has a four-year-old son and three-year-old daughter with Adele, added: “I didn’t think we could afford to get married.
“I was joking to begin with. I first came up with the idea sitting on the sofa one evening when I worked out how cheap it would be to share the cost with another couple.
“We realised we could afford to get married after all if we shared the date with my sister.
“It was special day and it was plain sailing to be fair.”
The siblings’ proud dad Colin Brennan, 61, said: “It was just brilliant to have the weddings on the same day.
“That’s is how close Andrea and Christopher are. It was definitely a very proud day and a good night as well.
“It’s not really that surprising because they are so close to each other and really love each other. They decided to help each other out with the cost.
“It’s really lovely that after sharing so much as kids, they’ll now share wedding anniversaries too.”