More Than Half Of People Believe In 'Saving Yourself' For The Wedding Night, New Poll Says

A Surprising Number Of People Still Think Sex Before Marriage Is A No-No

A recent Harris poll on weddings indicates that there are still a whole lot of people who think sex before marriage is a no-no.

They surveyed 2,300 adults online between April 16 and 21 and found that 51 percent of people still hold the traditional belief that brides and grooms should wait until their wedding night to have sex. Respondents also favored tradition when it came to the role of parents in weddings and engagements. Eighty-four percent believe dads should walk their daughters down the aisle (though that number is somewhat lower among Millennials) and 70 percent still believe a man should ask the woman's parents before proposing.

But there are other areas where respondents were surprisingly open-minded. Forty-six percent of those surveyed disagree with the expectation that brides should wear white on their wedding day.

When it comes to the engagement ring, two-thirds of those surveyed disagree with the practice of spending lots of money for a pricey piece of jewelry. It should be noted, though, that millennials are more likely to agree on spending big on the ring compared to their older counterparts.

And while the average cost of weddings hit an all-time high in 2013, 83 percent of respondents say that they actually prefer smaller, more intimate weddings and consider elaborate weddings a waste.

Do you find these survey results surprising? Let us know in the comments!

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