I got married last month — here’s how I avoided the ‘wedding tax’ – The Times

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Two weeks before my wedding I sat at the hairdresser and watched as my stylist’s face turned pale. “You haven’t brought any pictures,” she said, her eyes widening. I reassured her that this was intentional. I didn’t want a do; I wanted to look like me but on a good day. I watched as she shook her head slowly. “Wedding hair is styled hair,” she cried.

When my partner and I decided to get married earlier this year we knew we wanted it to be low-key and low-cost. We had been together for eight years, with two children and another on the way, so it was hardly blushing bride territory. On top of which I have spent the best part of the past decade telling

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