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Lebanese getting tight on wedding expenses


In its analysis of the present situation in the country, L’Orient Le Jour said the Lebanese are cutting down on lavish wedding expenses. The newspaper in this respect cited Nabil Baz the general director of Promofair, organizer of the Wedding Folies (Biel, November 9-12) and Antony Semaan, planner of the Royal Wedding Fair (Forum De Beyrouth, October 27-31) as saying that wedding events are important to the Lebanese people. Baz revealed that some 17,000 guests visited the exhibition despite the political tension in the wake of PM Hariri’s resignation, but, he added, notwithstanding the big crowds, the Lebanese are starting to cut down their spending on weddings. In this context, Maroun Abu Kheir, Wouroud flower shop owner, told the newspaper that customers have spent only USD 8,000 to 12,000 on flowers this years, compared to USD 25,000 to 30,000 in the past few years. The Lebanese soon-to-weds are now more aware of the need to shrink the number of guests (it dropped from 500 to 200 persons, according to L’Orient Le Jour). The decline in the wedding planning business, Kheir explained, is largely attributed to the difficult economic conditions in the country. Economic experts on the other hand, said the waning situation in the country has started with the outbreak of the war in Syria in 2011. Likewise, Ayoub Sabagh, manager of a professional dance (zaffat) group noted that business has been declining for four years. )For the feature in French, visit the link below: . (L’Orient Le Jour, November 14, 2017)

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