Cape Town, 25.06.2006: Arderne Gardens in Main Road Claremont has become the centre of wedding photography on a Sunday afternoon. Last minute adjustments to the flower girls dresses. Picture: Jim McLagan

London - It will come as a relief to any father expecting a baby girl.

Less than one in ten couples expect the bride’s parents to pay for their wedding as tradition dictates.

A poll of 2,031 adults found that 52 percent would pay for their big day themselves.

And some 37 percent said they thought both sets of parents would share the cost.

And just under one in 10 (nine percent) would adopt a more traditional approach and expect the bride’s parents to pay for their wedding.

John Brady, head of commercial at John Lewis Insurance, said: “This change may have come about because weddings are getting more expensive, meaning people are less willing to burden the bride’s parents with the whole cost.

“It might also be that the increasing age of marrying couples has given them greater financial independence.

“Either way, it can never be a bad thing if couples are thinking seriously about how their wedding will be funded well in advance of the big day.”

A total of 2,031 UK adults were surveyed by ICM between April 20 and 27 this year for the John Lewis Insurance Wedding Report. - Daily Mail