Christmas shopping: High Street pins hopes on biggest festive bonanza since credit crunch as shoppers spend 2BILLION over the weekend

High Street pins hopes on biggest Christmas bonanza since credit crunch as shoppers spend 2BILLION over the weekend Almost a quarter of a million head to Bluewater in KentExtra trading weekend coming up has raised hopes of record sales Retailers offer discounts of up to 50% nine days before ChristmasSavvy shoppers ditching brand loyalty in hunt for bargainsSupermarket price hikes mean an expensive Christmas dinnerNearly 12.75m British men still haven't started their present buyingFirst time December has four retail weekends before Christmas since 2007London's West End saw 200m spent during bumper weekend | UPDATED: 18:09 GMT, 17 December 2012 Christmas shoppers spent up to 2billion on Saturday and Sunday in a crucial two days for present buying – with the upcoming extra December trading weekend promising record sales. London's Oxford Street was jam-packed with people while almost a quarter of a million headed to Bluewater in Kent and the Bullring Centre in Birmingham had a million visitors in a week

Newlywed couple feed their reception guests on food bought with 40,000 supermarket loyalty points

Newlywed couple feed their reception guests on food bought with 40,000 supermarket loyalty points Maggie and Mike Davies met whilst working at the Sainsbury's storeTheir wedding was 'perfect' and they 'couldn't have done it' without pointsThey spent thousands to get the points which were worth 200 | UPDATED: 20:14 GMT, 30 November 2012 Most people preparing to walk down the aisle have to tighten their belts and save up in preparation for the big day. But Sainbury's workers' Maggie, 60, and Mike Davies, 63, created a wedding fund with a twist when they spent 18 months collecting 40,000 loyalty points which paid for all the food when they tied the knot. The maximum they would have had to spend to get the points is 20,000 – but the couple guess they only spent 5,000 Scroll down for video Maggie and Mike Davies pictured in the car park of their local Sainsbury's on their wedding day.