Weddings in Spain have traditionally been huge affairs, with massive parties held after the ceremony to allow all the friends and family of the happy couple to celebrate their big day. In this time of recession even wedding budgets are facing cutbacks though, and last year the average amount spent on the whole wedding fell by 8.3% to €13,190. There is a lot of variation between the most and least expensive weddings, with Madrid weddings costing most, and those in the Canary Islands being among the least costly. The areas where most savings are being made tend to be honeymoons and receptions, with many couples choosing not to take an expensive holiday after their wedding. Today, with recession hitting Spain hard and unemployment rates soaring to over 27%, it’s unsurprising that wedding budgets are feeling the pinch. Another possible result of the financial hardship in Spain at the moment is that the average age for women to marry for the first time has risen from around 25 years in 1991 to nearly 30 in 2008.