A big white wedding – every little boy's dream: Men now TWICE as likely as women to want fairytale nuptials
Women would rather spend money on a house depositAverage wedding costs 20,000; average deposit for house is 16,000
'Pre-gifting': some 13% of couples consider asking guests to make a financial contribution to their wedding instead of giving them a present
13:43 GMT, 16 November 2012
It used to be just little girls draping pillow cases over their heads and dreaming of their big day. But now it seems it's boys, too.
Today's modern man is now almost twice as likely as his bride to want a big, white, fairytale wedding, according to research.
In a reversal of the traditional image, it is now the groom-to-be who wants to break the bank for a grand event with all the trimmings, and his fiance who wants a cheaper 'do' without all the over-the-top fuss.
The Royal Wedding: Men are now almost twice as likely as women to want a big white wedding with all the trimmings
Only nine per cent of women would spend their savings on a fairytale wedding, but this rises to almost twice as many (16 per cent) for men, said research by Barclays.
It suggests women have become much more practical in how they budget for the future, and would choose to have money for the mortgage rather than blowing it all on a champagne party and salmon for 200.
It is now the bride, not the groom, who is more happy to scale down a weddings in order to have money to put down as a deposit on a property.
The average wedding now costs around 20,000 but many have realised there are savings which can be made, from the limos to the church to the kind of food served and the choice of honeymoon.
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom: It is now the bride, not the groom, who is more happy to scale down a weddings in order to have money to put down as a deposit on a property
In a survey of over 2,100 adults, nine per cent said they are planning to downsize the scale of their nuptials, or even delay them because of the cost.
And 13 per cent are considering asking guests to make a financial contribution instead of giving them a present, in order to make the big day more affordable, a practice known as 'pre-gifting'.
More than half of all Britons (52 per cent) think savings are better spent on buying property than anything else.
Katie Price and Alex Reid: The average wedding now costs around 20,000 but many have realised there are savings which can be made, from the limos to the church to the kind of food served and the choice of honeymoon
Barclays' head of mortages, Laoiseach Lynch, said: 'With the average home deposit costing in the region of 16,000, it's not surprising that couples are having to think twice about the dilemma of tying the knot and buying a property.
'But with a little lateral thinking and some sensible saving and budgeting they are finding increasingly savvy ways to have their wedding cake and eat it.'
The 'marriage vs. mortage' argument leads to arguments among five per cent of couples. Those in Northern Ireland are most likely to choose marriage, and those in Wales the least.