After my recent post on Wedding Gift lists, the lovely Gillian over at Starweds was keen to share what prompted her to start up her business, a website that provides couples with a sophisticated way to ask for money as wedding gift!
And so, it’s over to you Gillian.
In the 1980’s it was almost unheard of to ask for money as wedding gift but by the 90′s people were starting to come round to the idea and cash became the second most sought after wedding gift, with kitchen and home-wares taking the number one spot.
However, it seems that the days of receiving gravy boats, sugar bowls and milk jugs as wedding gifts are now well and truly numbered. Wedding Magazine recently reported that 45% of couples are now asking for money as a wedding gift.
Currently in the United Kingdom, more than three quarters of couples live together before marriage. In addition, the average age of those buying their first home is 28.
If we look at these figures against the average age of couples preparing for marriage which is 29.6 years (30.7 for men and 28.5 for women), it becomes understandable why most newlyweds will no longer have the need for toasters, bed linen and vacuum cleaners.
This is exacerbated by the fact that many couples will have had their own houses before moving in together and will end up with two sets of everything.
Historically in Britain, men and women would not live together until after they were married, so it made good sense to buy them home-ware goods.
As we have seen, times have changed and it is unlikely that newlyweds in modern day Britain will be able to muster the same enthusiasm for a set of pots and pans or a 12-piece dinner set than a newly married couple back in the 80′s.
In this day and age, it is easy to see why money has overtaken old favourites such as kitchen equipment and towel bales as the most favourable wedding gift. It is important to note, though, that this isn’t by any means a new phenomenon. In fact, only 20 years ago, we were starting to see that money was creeping to the top of the wedding gift list.
Cash is most certainly king for wedding gifts nowadays and this trend definitely looks set to continue.
- Article contributed by Gillian Bell, Director of StarWeds Ltd. www.starweds.co.uk
- We provide;
A personalised wedding website where your guests can contribute money: Choice of themes, Personalised web address, Online guest book, Your own blog, Directions to your venue and much more
- Beautiful customised invitation inserts to tell your guests about your site.
- Your guests can contribute via quick, easy and secure payment methods on your wedding website.