Wedding traditions are constantly changing, especially for those who are not religious. Wedding venues and traditional wedding dresses have all changed in the past few decades. Think about it, look back at the different types of weddings you have visited in the past.
Furthermore, as a guest, you wouldn’t bring this up at the wedding, it is something that you just subconsciously think of whilst you are there.
In recent years, fathers had to give up their daughters on the day of the wedding. Now, this has changed a lot due to women being more independent in their lives. This is a religious tradition although with the world becoming less religious, these sorts of beliefs are no longer needed.
There are many other changing traditions for modern wedding as well. For example, parents used to pay for the bride and groom's wedding, however, that seems to be less common as the bride and groom would usually pay now.
Nonetheless, there are still many people that stick to the old wedding traditions.
Top Changes in Modern Wedding Traditions
In this article, we look at the different modern traditions and how they have changed compared to how our ancestors got married.
1. Not Seeing the Bride on The Day of The Wedding
It is one of the oldest traditions in the book because it was believed to be bad luck to see the bride before the wedding. For the older generation, superstitions were much more common than they are today.
Now, this is very different. The bride and groom will see each other before the wedding to take photographs with one another. Furthermore, they can give romantic gestures or poems to one another before they officially become Mr and Mrs.
The main reason why modern brides and grooms do this is to ease the nerves of the wedding. For some people, the wedding can be nerve-wracking, which is why they will do this before the wedding to ease those nerves.
2. Matching Bridesmaids Dresses
It is still common in modern wedding traditions however, there are a select few who will not wear matching dresses. Now, brides will allow their bridesmaids to choose their dresses for the special day. The reason for this is that the bride will want to increase her confidence in their bride, and select a dress that is appropriate for their figure.
Bridesmaids dreaded what the bridesmaid dress would be as soon as they received their invitation. Now, a bridesmaid would expect to choose their bridesmaid dress.
Nonetheless, there are still a few brides out there who choose bridesmaid dresses. Luckily, there are many different varieties of dresses in women’s fashion clothing these days that a bridesmaid can wear which are suitable for a wedding.
3. Church Weddings
Church weddings are still common with modern-day weddings or other buildings that are associated with religion. Now, many couples are moving away from this tradition. For example, people will have their weddings on a beach or inside a barn. Some people will even have them inside a warehouse.
One of the main reasons why a couple would choose these other locations over a church is to save waiting time. Moreover, these locations can be much cheaper than a traditional wedding in a church as well. Nonetheless, some couples wish to be unique and not having a wedding at a church is a way to mix it up.
4. Wedding Vows
A lot of brides are now choosing their wedding vows instead of traditional wedding vows. Now, this is very different to what we are used to. This vow will usually include them confessing their love and feelings for one another.
"In the name of God, I, _____, take you, _____, to be my wife/husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until parted by death.”
5. Wedding Breakfast
Many traditions are no longer part of the wedding culture and one of them is the wedding breakfasts. Due to wedding prices being extortionate already, many people are choosing to not have a wedding day breakfast.
People are looking for more economical ways of feeding their family and friends at a wedding. For example, modern-day weddings are now choosing to have a buffet-style meal for their wedding instead of the traditional wedding day breakfast.
Buffet-style meals are much more affordable and people can choose their portion sizes.
Many classic wedding traditions are no longer observed at modern wedding ceremonies. However, while others are fading out, some are still going strong. This means each wedding you go to in future will likely be different. People are determined to make their weddings unique and steering towards newer, more modern, and convenient wedding traditions is how people are doing it.