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More than a third of couples are shunning the traditional wedding gift list in favour of asking for cash, a survey suggested today.

Around 35% of brides and grooms said they planned to ask their guests to give them cash or vouchers, compared with only 22% who plan to have a traditional gift list.

One in five couples said they were happy for their guests to choose their own presents, while 19% said they were not asking for any gifts and 3% said they planned to ask for donations to charity.

While couples favour asking for cash, guests are less keen to give money, with 39% saying they thought it was too impersonal and 34% said they did not like the couple knowing exactly how much they had spent on their present.

A further 22% said they disliked being told what to give as a gift as they thought it was rude, but 18% of those questioned said they thought asking for money was a good idea given the problems young people faced getting on to the housing ladder.

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