Housewares retailers may find themselves arranging fewer wedding gift lists in future as marriage goes further out of fashion.
New figures from the Office for National Statistics show weddings at their lowest numbers since records began.
Only 231,450 people tied the knot in 2007 in England and Wales, 3.3% down on 2006, and a 34% drop since 1981, continuing a long-term downward trend.
Couples are also waiting longer before getting married. On average, today’s grooms are aged almost 37 and brides almost 34.
The reluctance to get married is put down partly to the cost of a wedding, on average £20,000.