Gifts? No thanks, we prefer cash: UK couples

British couples are increasingly shunning traditional wedding gifts like expensive silverware, a new poll by a wedding website revealed. Instead, the 2,500 couples surveyed prefer friends and family to give them cash.

A reason why traditional presents like toasters, microwaves and other household appliances are now seen as outdated is because the bride and groom are more likely to already be living together for a number of years. Hence, financial contributions are deemed more practical, according to DailyMail.

Unlike in Singapore where wedding gifts are equivalent to angbaos bearing cash, this is not the norm in the U.K.

To make the request, many British couples are choosing to write a poem inside their wedding invitations to avoid the embarrassment of asking outright for money. One reads like this: “If you were thinking of giving a gift to help us on our way/A gift of money in a card would really make our day!”