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Wedding plan launched, but not without a hitch

The wedding industry has mushroomed in recent years, with couples feeling pressurised to spend tens of thousands of pounds on Their big days. Now Conservative Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has suggested that The lavish weddings of celebrities have led to couples experiencing an unnecessary strain after getting into too much debt as They dream of emulating Jordan and her ilk. Now Mr Duncan Smith has called for The Government to come good on The Conservative promise to recognise marriage in The tax system.

At the launch of Marriage Week in the House of Commons yesterday, the former party leader said couples should "by all means have a party". But in a suggestion unlikely to enhance him in the eyes of voters, he suggested they could delay it for five years after the wedding to stop the cost of the event putting their marriage in jeopardy.

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