UK brother and sister share wedding to save thousands of dollars

Planning a wedding can be both stressful and expensive, but one pair of siblings has figured out a canny way to save costs - by keeping it in the family. 

UK woman Andrea Walker, 31, and her brother Christopher Brennan, 28, split the costs of the two-in-one wedding to their respective partners, holding a joint reception for 100 guests and saving £10,000 (NZ$19,310). 

In a classic case of 'eldest goes first', Andrea, a teaching assistant, wed her partner Matt Walker, 28. Then, just 30 minutes later, Christopher said 'I do' to partner Adele, 28, who works as a cleaner.

Both sets of couples told The Sun they had limited budgets for their respective weddings, but by pooling their resources they were able to book their dream wedding at the Castle Hotel, in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

"It turned out we were all going for similar locations and colour schemes but the cost was spiralling," Andrea explained. 

"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."

The siblings also said it worked better for their father, struggling with emphysema, to have to only attend one wedding. 

It turns out they may have saved themselves a lot of stress, as well as dollars. A study out of the UK earlier this year revealed wedding planning is more stressful than ever, with some couples surveyed saying it was as labour intensive as having a second job.