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Even Queen Elizabeth had to use these coupons to buy her wedding dress.


When it came to the royal dress Queen Elizabeth wore for her Royal wedding, she showed quite a wartime restraint.

When Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip got married 70 years ago, even the Royalty could not escape the rationing still imposed on the British citizens following World War II.

To pay for her Royal dress, Elizabeth conserved her rationing coupons. Doing upon this, she received a gift of 200 coupons from the British government to purchase all the material needed.


Well, Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress was rather a spectacular sight. It was made of ivory silk. It had a 13-foot-long train with a pattern inspired by a Botticelli painting. Also, it was bedecked in crystals and 10,000 seed pearls imported from the United States of America. The coupons totally went toward all those materials.

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Well, today’s, women are not skimping when it actually comes to buying their dress they will walk down the aisle in. A wedding dress normally costs a bride $1,564 on an average in the United States.

While $301 is spent on an average for the bride’s accessories. Comparatively, the average American household spend $1,803 for their total annual apparel purchases.

Though, one doesn’t need to be Royalty to have a wedding budget fit for a Princess. American couples on an average spend $35,329 on their weddings. The whole wedding industry overall was responsible for $77 million in revenue in 2016. There was an increase from more than $65 million four years earlier, according to research firm IBIS World.

As a result, more brides are adopting a ‘bridechilla’ mentality. They are actually ditching many of the costly traditions associated with the wedding or making more socially conscious decisions.

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Some of them are donating to charity rather than distributing wedding favours to the guests. Others are eloping rather than having a big wedding in order to devote that money to longer-term investments.

But still, the betrothed are not the only ones who are shelling out a serious amount of cash on weddings. These days, guests spend more than $1,300 on an average for every wedding they attend. Those costs are associated with travel, lodging, clothing and the thank you gifts.