Many British couples want to get married, but they just cannot afford it, according to new research.
Figures compiled by independent think-tank Civitas found that marriage is still proving popular despite recent reports, with around 70 per cent of 20 to 35-year-olds saying they would like to tie the knot.
While figures show that many more couples are living together without being married, the Civitas study showed that 79 per cent of them hope that they will be able to walk down the aisle one day.
Commitment was cited as the number one reason for getting married, but it seems that money worries are getting in the way of people's declarations of everlasting love.
Anastasia de Waal, the study author, said the research showed that marriage is something people want to do rather than are forced to do as it was a few decades ago.
She explained: "Many young people idealise marriage. If they don't find the perfect partner or if their employment or housing situation means they are not in a good position to get married, they are likely to postpone marriage or take it off the cards altogether.
"This has the effect of lowering the marriage rate, but doesn't mean young people don't want to get married. For example, women choosing from a pool of potential husbands might decide not to marry if their partner is unemployed. In disadvantaged areas the chances of this happening are much higher."