London: A study has found that the traditional way of going about one`s marriage is dying out, with men thinking that asking for the bride`s hand in marriage from her father is "too cheesy".
The study of 5,000 married adults by The Wedding Inbox, an online wedding directory which helps couples prepare for the big day, found that even the tradition of the bride wearing something old, new, borrowed and blue has been done away with, as it is considered "impractical".
"It`s a sign of the times that some wedding traditions are dying out, especially the bride`s father picking up the bill," a news daily quoted spokesman Mitesh Lad as saying.
"With many British families now spread across the country and even the globe, some grooms may not know their prospective father-in-laws that well before they get married, so it`s understandable that many wouldn`t be comfortable asking for their daughter`s hand in marriage," he stated.
The research probed the changing face of wedding traditions from the proposal to the honeymoon during the 1960s and the 2000`s.
The study found that just one in six grooms now asks his father-in-law to be for permission to marry his daughter, compared to one in two in the 1960s.
Just over one in three brides now wears something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, while in the 1960s more than six out of ten stuck to the old good luck custom.
Less than one in five fathers now picks up the bill for the big day, due to the fact they can``t afford it or because their daughter is able to stand on her own feet financially.
Forty or so years ago four out of ten dads footed the entire cost. Now more than four out of ten couples share the cost between both families.
"Some deemed wedding day activities as old-fashioned, while some respondents were concerned about throwing confetti because it has to be environmentally friendly," Lad said.
"Asking a bride`s father for permission was `cheesy` and writing `Just Married` on a rear window of a car was `messy`.
"It`s stressful enough planning the big day without having to worry about wearing something borrowed or blue, it simply may not be a priority for wives to be.
"But some things will take a while to die out - like throwing a bouquet and getting down on one knee," he added.