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Your day, your way
Q. We've just started planning our wedding and the range of options for everything from the ceremony to the finishing touches is pretty overwhelming. We've no idea what the current trends are, where do we start?
A. Sarah Baker says: Sarah says: For couples saying 'I do' it certainly seems to be a case of 'I' for 'individuality' these days. There's a greater lean towards original and contemporary celebrations, creating an ambience or a mood, as opposed to being led by popular ideas, colours and themes. Couples are increasingly embracing the flexibility to create their special day from a blank canvas, hand-selecting the suppliers who are best-placed to bring their vision to life.
The world of weddings has seen many changes over the last 15 years, from the introduction of civil partnerships in 2005 to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in 2014, and most recently the ability for opposite-sex couples to enter into a civil partnership. It's an ever-changing and diversifying environment, which enables couples to express their personalities and preferences in every detail of their day. Trends for the year ahead, include:
- Couples choosing their rings together – both the engagement ring and wedding bands, sometimes even creating them from scratch. It's much more common now for both parties to be involved.
- Increased concern over sustainability and ethical considerations to reduce the environmental impact of the big day, such as choosing wedding stationery made from recycled card or using caterers who endorse locally sourced produce. Charitable donations are also now a popular choice, as an alternative to the traditional department-store wedding gift list.
- For the ceremony itself, more and more couples are opting to use a celebrant to create a bespoke script written just for them. It's not just about the vows either, the whole ceremony should reflect their personalities and personal love story. It's such an important part of the day and couples want it to be memorable for all the right reasons.
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