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Anyone who's ever had a wedding, or is currently in the throes of planning one, knows that they cost quite a bit of money. In fact, according to recent statistics, the average wedding in the UK costs a whopping £20,000. So it's no surprise that many couples are struggling to stump up the cash for their big day.

And, while many couples already live together, so have already acquired the 'standard' wedding presents, they have had to postpone getting married because of the cost.

But there could be an answer thanks to a new scheme called ‘Just The Thing’. Instead of registering for dinnerware and crockery, couples signing up can now opt for an itemised wedding day gift package.

The wedding day gift package is a simple payment solution for family wanting to help out with the costs of the ceremony and reception. Friends and family simply pop online to the couple’s wedding website to contribute as little, or as much, as they wish.

Everything from the bride’s bouquet to the DJ and disco lights can paid for - even just a modest £2.00 for bird-friendly confetti, or a more generous £450 for a delicious wedding cake.

Research conducted by the Debt Advisory Centre found that 17% of married couples (about 5 million people across the UK) borrowed money to pay for their wedding day. Surveys revealed that almost half of the couples who borrowed money for their wedding later regretted it.

What do you think? Would you ask for your family and friends to fund your wedding?

(Image: Rex Features)

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