As newer generations step into the age to tie the knot, the wedding industry is having a real revolution. Traditional receptions are becoming a thing of the past as the creative generation of millennials is taking centre stage and bringing new ideas as well as new demands. Here are some of the wedding trends millennials love.
While the reception venue will always depend on personal taste, rustic, vintage style weddings held in barns and gardens or backyards are getting more and more attention. These homey settings allow for a more laid-back, intimate atmosphere that doesn’t have that strict black tie feel. Choosing a backyard as a wedding venue can also significantly cut back on one of the biggest expenses concerning your wedding – the venue – which is a huge plus for millennials. In addition, it can really provide a beautiful backdrop for Pinterest-worthy photos. Fairy lights, fresh wildflower bouquets and natural elements – there is literally no end to rustic decoration ideas.
Nowadays most people embrace social media to the fullest, it’s no wonder that new trends are finding their way into weddings. Starting from the couple choosing their own wedding hashtag for the guests to use on Instagram all the way to creating custom Snapchat filters, there are many ways the modern bride and groom want their wedding to be captured. Photo booth and, even better, exciting GIF booth hire are changing the game in fun celebratory snaps that can be customized and instantly shared or printed. These not only document the happy day but the guests are going to have so much fun playing with it.
Millennials have a new take even on traditional engagement rings too. They often go for custom-made rings to make them even more personal and unique, and even the couple designing their rings together is becoming more and more popular. Add to this millennials’ consciousness of ethical and ecological issues, and you’ll soon find that the traditional concept of “engagement rings” is radically changing. Today, many couples opt for ethically sourced pieces – for example, lab-grown diamonds are as much as 30-40% cheaper than mined ones, and many couples are also open to alternatives to this precious stone in the form of moissanite or coloured gemstones.
While in the old times, the dream of many girls involved a white gown at any cost and even today it is the predominant colour choice when it comes to weddings, a growing percentage of young brides opt for other colours over white. Latest designer gowns also support this – variations of pale colours such as pink, blue, grey, beige and lavender are all present in collections, as well as bold detailing such as black. But the colours will only be getting bolder and more eye-catching in the future: 2019 wedding dresses are bringing a wide variety of choices to the table, and we can’t wait to see what millennial brides are going to make of this.
Today, you are free to change up every aspect of a traditional wedding, and that includes the ceremony music as well. If the couple is not that big on a traditional string quartet, they are not afraid to use a tune they love instead. This can be either something that represents their heritage or simply a love song that is personal to the couple. In any case, the important thing is to remember that you are free to do whatever you want on your big day.
Millennials love to customize everything, including the invites for their wedding. Matching the style of the invites to the theme of the party is a great idea. For example, for the aforementioned vintage barn weddings, similarly, rustic invites are the way to go. A lot of couples appreciate a handmade touch as well, so many of them are opting for having the names of the guests written in beautiful calligraphy on the invites and on the name cards. The key is to keep the style consistent across all the aspects of the event.
The world is changing thanks to millennials, and many weddings today stray far from the original, traditional ways. This only makes everything more colourful and interesting, so if you, too, are in the process of planning your wedding, taking a cue from millennials could give a unique flair to your big day.
Jasmine Anderson is a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Australia. She is an incurable daydreamer, who finds inspiration in little, everyday moments. Spending time at her cozy home office with her two cats, writing her blog, is her favourite thing in the world.