It might not be prime wedding season at the moment, but the winter months and the fairytale ‘winter wonderland’ backdrop that comes with it - are an increasingly popular time for couples to say ‘I do’.
It’s also becoming increasingly popular for the happy couple to request money rather than a traditional wedding present.
A survey, by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), found that one fifth (21%) of over 500 people in the UK who’d tied the knot in the last five years had asked guests to choose a present from a wedding list, but a substantial 40% requested money towards the cost of something.
Almost one quarter (23%) used that cash towards the cost of the wedding itself, or the honeymoon, and one in 14 wanted to put the money towards buying a house or make a donation to charity.
The findings reflect how people are increasingly marrying later. According to official figures, in 2011 the average man in England and Wales was 36 when he got married and a woman was 33, which is eight years older than the typical age for getting married in 1971.
As such, many couples already live together and have accumulated the must-have household items which would traditionally have been given to them when they started married life together.
The trend towards ‘cash’ gifts is not only to benefit the newlyweds though - 63% of people surveyed, who’d recently attended a wedding, said they were happy with the practice, and only 26% felt uncomfortable about it.