With the 'mortgage vs marriage' debate in full-swing it's hardly surprising that couples are looking for more ways to finance their upcoming wedding.
But new research by Barclays suggests Brits are by-passing the Wedding gift list and opting for pre-wedding cheques instead.
Brides and grooms are begging family and friends to skip the book ends and silver candle holders to give them a hefty cheque before they hit the alter instead.
13% of couples have been given 'pre-gifts' this year, but many argued they would feel too embarrassed to ask for money in advance.
Of course, it's lovely to get lots of neatly wrapped presents after your big day but isn't it better to avoid the red and ask your guests to contribute?
A good idea would be to set up an account that your wedding guests can pay their gift into via Paypall, electronic transfer or cheque.
All you have to do then is mention the scheme on your invitations and reaffirm that you are not expecting paper weights, Department store gift vouchers or photo albums on the day.
What do you think?
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY TERRIFIED BY WEDDING PLANS
DECISION TIME! A MORTGAGE OR A MARRIAGE?
THE ONE? BHS PIPPA MIDDLETON STYLE DRESS