Want to know the hottest wedding trends of the moment? Here are 5 things modern couples are including in their weddings…
A lot has changed in the way millennials live their lives compared to their parent’s boomer generation. Marriage is just one of the major life milestones that have them breaking the mould. While it’s true that modern couples are getting married later, they’re also doing marriage in a completely different way. Many of the traditional elements are still there, but there are some wedding trends that are becoming the new norm for Generation Y.
Check out some of the top millennial wedding trends here!
Outfit changes for Bride and Groom
For millennials, comfort is king! While they do care about looking great for special occasions, beauty shouldn’t be painful anymore. One of the ways you can make this happen during your wedding is with an outfit change. Many millennials are opting for an opulent gown or tux for the ceremony but change into something lighter, looser, and more affordable for the reception. There are even brides who wear sneakers under their dresses or brides who don’t wear dresses at all. From matching white tuxes for the bride and groom to Converse shoes instead of heels on the dance floor, millennials bring together comfort, style, and wedding attire!
Millennials are also bumping up the wedding reception to a real party — adding unique activities and games to entertain their guests and ensure their wedding is memorable. From cornhole and Jenga to photo booths and cigar bars, couples are going the extra mile to create an original experience.
Some wedding activities are inspired by a theme as the couple introduces all their guests to something they’re both passionate about. Some have playing cards on the table for an Alice in Wonderland themed party while others bring magic to life with a Quidditch pitch at their Harry Potter themed wedding.
Alternative engagement rings
Spending three months’ salary on an engagement ring is definitely a thing of the past. Who has that much extra money with student loans and sky-high rent to pay every month? Instead of following the DeBeers campaign and making diamonds a girl’s best friend, millennials are opting for non-traditional engagement rings.
Besides the cost of a diamond ring, younger people are also concerned with the effect diamond mining has socially and environmentally. The search for a conservation-conscious choice leads couples to engagement rings with sapphires, emeralds, and even lab-created gemstones like moissanite. Some are skipping engagement rings completely and focusing only on wedding bands instead.
Personalised bridal party gifts
Your bridal party has been there for you through every stage of planning. They’ve probably spent tons of money on dresses, a bachelorette party, and may even have spent time to help you make custom elements for your big day. Showing your appreciation for their love, support, and efforts towards making your big day perfect is a must. Personalizing their gifts is a way that millennials choose to convey that they really care about all the people who helped bring their wedding together. Some special personalization ideas include:
- Monogrammed accessories
- Birthstone jewellery
- Handmade soaps and scrubs
- A photo or video montage for each person
Useful wedding favours
There has been a definite shift in the way of wedding favours for millennial weddings. While some choose to gift their guests plants, sunglasses, cosmetics, or other items that can be used for everyday needs, others are taking it even further with edible wedding favours. Edible favours have a ton of benefits for both the couple and the guests, including standing in for desserts, minimizing the need for guests to carry items home, and fitting in perfectly with a specific wedding theme.
You can even gift your guests the ingredients for a simple treat in a jar along with your own personal recipe for it! Whether you have a signature hot cocoa recipe or a unique kettle corn creation, package it up in a mason jar for guests to take home!
The new age of weddings
Weddings aren’t all about social obligations anymore — they’re now a time for celebrating the love you have for each other. No matter which trends catch your eye, just make sure you’re staying true to yourselves as a couple and celebrating with people you love.
About the Author:
Katie Tejada is a writer, editor and a fan of the eco-friendly. She is a former HR professional who, in addition to writing about the latest developments in business communication, recruiting, and CRM solutions, covers trends in event planning and weddings.