Hi all, in reply to this query, I've checked out my suspicions and unfortunately I was right, if you are having a traditional wedding, you are under no circumstances allowed to ask for, hint at or even suggest quietly that you want money for a gift.
What my partner and I are planning on doing is setting up a registry with a travel agent so that our guests and well-wishers can pay for part of our honeymoon.
Being financially strapped myself, I was asked to put in a cash present for an event and was personally quite offended as I couldn't afford much cash. It just creates an awkward situation so please, don't do this. Even though there are scribes who will add a note indicating a monetary preference for gifts, find something that the money can be put towards. Even if its something like putting together a gift voucher from a particular department store or even something as unorthodox as a voucher towards a purchase such as a house et cetera,. One idea I heard of was a group of people put in and set up a bank account for the bride and groom's future children.
A gift is always good but if you're worried about getting useless gifts, do something like this because your guests will prefer knowing that the gift they give will not just pay the phone bill.
This is just my opinion however.