7 March 2016 - Janet Bird
Modern couples planning a trip up the aisle have called time on traditional wedding gifts such as carriage clocks and toasters and are asking instead for gadgets such as juicers and wireless music systems.
Indeed, department store John Lewis has revealed the trendy NutriBullet, which can cost up to £200, is now its most popular wedding gift.
With 30 percent more couples living together before they embark on a life of married bliss than ten years ago, the focus of modern wedding lists is now less on what is needed to set up home together and more on what a particular couple likes or is interested in.
So while high end food preparation items such as the NutriBullet, the George Foreman Grill and slow cookers are still popular presents, John Lewis says it has also seen a staggering increase in the purchase of quirky items like bamboo and wooden beehouses as wedding gifts.
Tents, dumbbells, mini football tables and jigsaws can also feature on wedding lists, with even large price items such as televisions worth up to £3,000 and wireless music systems making an appearance.
Unsurprisingly, given the new focus on nice to have instead of need to have gifts, the value of wedding lists has also shot up in recent years, with some couples asking for presents worth a total of up to £20,000.