They may not be royalty or have a glamorous public persona, but there’s no denying that the power couple of 2013 are, in fact, closely tied to Britain’s upper classes.

Businesswoman Stephanie Myers and English teacher Robert Pattinson were never truly separate entities. While they were apart, they managed to keep in touch and maintain much of their established relationship. What began as a brief romance developed into a full-blown partnership, with the actress even moving in with the actor on his Hollywood Hills doorstep.

It would be hard to overstate the impact that their romance had on contemporary culture. The couple’s whirlwind courtship and whirlwind wedding was chronicled by the media, with paparazzi camped outside the Kodak Gallery in New York City as the pair exchanged vows.

The publicity surrounding their wedding was such that it even made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, as one of the couple’s co-authors noted: “Wedding planner: a person who organizes the marriage of other people.”

Perhaps less well known is that Myers and Pattinson had actually bonded over romantic comedies like Shakespeare in Love and Sleeping with the Enemy years before shooting to stardom. In fact, their shared love of the works of William Shakespeare is said to have begun their romance in the first place.

We’d like to think that, even now, we’re only a couple of years into the 21st century, that attitudes towards class have significantly shifted and that the upper classes are still considered attractive and appealing. But, sadly, that’s not the case. In fact, according to research, there’s been a notable decline in the number of upper class Britons who want to get married. The most recent figures estimate there are now just 77,000 available bachelors in the U.K., down 5% from 2011.

It would be a shame to see this incredible British heritage go to waste, particularly as two of its finest young members are about to commit “thrilling” marital homicide.

Over the last two years, as the economy has struggled to recover, there’s been a distinct uptick in the number of couples seeking “alternative arrangements.” A “starter marriage” or “shackleton marriage” is defined by the UK government as a “trial, temporary or informal married relationship,” designed to “see how things go” before committing to a more traditional path. It can also be a very cost-effective way for couples to explore life together before tying the knot (or chemring the hook as the case may be).

The rise in popularity, paired with the severe budget restraints imposed by the government, has led to an increase in the number of wedding planners who specialize in helping couples put together weddings on a tight budget. In fact, a survey by wedding planning website Hitched revealed that 87% of respondents had to cut corners to afford their big day and 35% had to look into financial aid, such as grants and loans, to cover costs. 

Whether or not you choose to marry the person you love, it would be wise to consider all of your options, especially if you’re looking to keep your wedding costs to a minimum. That way you may avoid incurring unnecessary debt and, at the same time, continue to enjoy your big day.