Asian Marriages ‘on hold’ as Credit Crunch bites

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Over half polled in survey admit economic downturn has affected wedding plans

MORE and more Asian weddings are being put ‘on hold’ due to the credit crunch, a survey has revealed.

Over half of weddings planned by couples who met through online marriage portal SingleMuslim.com have been affected by the Credit Crunch.

With the average Muslim wedding estimated to cost in excess of £20,000, the matrimonial website recently polled over 1,000 of its members to find out whether the economic downturn was affecting their wedding preparations.

Whilst 25% of respondents admitted that they will have to rein in their expenditure, cutting back on some of the costs associated with a Muslim wedding, 16% said that their plans had changed considerably.

18% even said that their wedding plans were now ‘on hold’ as a direct result of the Credit Crunch.

Adeem Younis, Managing Director of SingleMuslim.com, said: “We really shouldn’t be surprised at these results. Organising a traditional Muslim wedding can be a major financial commitment, and it is understandable that couples are starting to look at reducing costs, or even postponing their big day for a few months.”

Despite the number of weddings being put on hold or changed, the survey results did reveal some good news as 42% of respondents stated that their wedding plans had not changed in any way.

Adeem Younis said: “I’m delighted that so many o f our users are pressing ahead with their weddings and I wish them every success and happiness in their lives together.”

“Although it looks as though the Credit Crunch is going to be with us for some time to come, I’m pleased to see that SingleMuslim.com is helping record numbers of people to find their ideal marriage partners – even if their weddings are on hold for a while!”

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