Dream big, they say, and the rest will follow. As inspiring as this advice can be, for some people its meaning is lost when they choose to follow the adage quite literally…
Anna Broom, is a woman in her early 30s, living in Kent, United Kingdom. For Anna, dreaming comes quite easily when it comes to planning her wedding to fiancé Jordan Burford. Speaking of it, she says,
“I’ve dreamed about being a bride since I was 12 years old … I deserve a fairy-tale church wedding and a party in a castle…”
According to Anna, the fairy-tale comes equipped with a dreamy church ceremony, silk designer dress, horse and carriage, big band, fancy prawn canapes, roast dinner, and of course champagne, for all 50 guests. The list continues on to also include red designer shoes with heels, five-tier wedding cake, and a honeymoon in Mexico. Dream BIG remember?
To many who are reading this, nothing here seems that wacky or unusual. After all, many of us dreamed of similar details or even more for our own big day! But what sets Anna’s story apart is that she doesn’t quite have the means to follow it all through.
Anna has been on disability since the age of 19 because of being overweight and suffering from depression and back pain. Sources state that since then, she has claimed over £100,000 in benefits (over $120,000) whichs include a monthly disability living allowance and housing benefit. Her finance Jordan also receives money each month in income support due to suffering from epilepsy.
According to Anna, the roughly £800 per month (nearly $1,000) in their combined benefits checks is not enough to pay for her dreamy wedding:
“… after we’ve paid for bills, a night out at the pub, dog food for our Labrador, cigarettes and the odd kebab, there’s barely anything left.”
The solution is simple says Anna; a loan from the government of around £10,000 (over $12,000) should help her get it all done easily. Although, she isn’t quite sure on how she will have the means to pay it back, she does believe that having a wedding to look forward to will make it possible to boost her self confidence, lose weight, and may be even get a job.
“I’m stuck in a rut at the moment and can’t find the motivation to lose weight, but if I was getting married I know I’d slim down because all eyes would be on me.”
The couple got engaged in 2011 when Jordan popped the question with a gold ring with a pink stone setting. Since then Anna has been determined to get her dream wedding of which she says:
“‘I want the taxpayer to fund my £10,000 dream wedding – it’s a basic human right to be a bride. I don’t see why I should have a small wedding at a registry office – I wouldn’t be able to fit in all my guests and a church wedding is far more romantic … I’d rather not get married than have a cheap do – it’d only make me unhappy.”
Thankfully, the British government is not easily swayed by emotions. Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive at The Taxpayers’ Alliance, said:
“The benefit system is a valuable safety net but must not be a comfort blanket. People have to finance their own weddings rather than rely on a government loan, which would be funded by the taxpayer, to pick up the tab.”
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