NEW YORK — According to a new poll, two-thirds of Americans agree that planning a wedding today is more difficult than it was for previous generations. A poll of 2,000 people who’ve either recently planned or attended a wedding revealed that over four in 10 (42%) need between six months and a year to plan their wedding.
Only one in five believe they could do so in less than six months, and 23 percent need more than a year. Compared to other generations, 41 percent of millennials need between six months and a year and 17 percent would need one to two years.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Minted, the survey aimed to uncover how today’s weddings mix modern trends with traditional customs, and to see what wedding customs are getting relegated to the past.
Wearing white on your wedding day is out?
One in five believe the practice of the bride wearing a white dress is officially a dated tradition. Nearly the same number of people (19%) think that mother-son and father-daughter dances are an outdated tradition, with 19 percent of millennials agreeing.
A quarter of people think that the trend of the bride not being seen before the ceremony is now old-fashioned. Nearly one in four (23%) believe that the modern tradition of having more than one Maid of Honor or Best Man is here to stay. Twenty percent also feel that non-gendered wedding parties are the future.
“More and more we are seeing that couples are prioritizing a celebration that is truly authentic to them and rooted in what they find important. Inclusivity and acceptance have taken center stage. While many couples still honor traditions of the past, they are also incorporating new customs with personal meaning,” says a Minted Weddings spokesperson in a statement.
Most are mixing old and new
The survey also showed that the perfect number of wedding guests for this summer’s gatherings is exactly 115. However, choosing those guests is no easy task as more than a quarter (28%) say that creating the guest list is one of the biggest obstacles.
According to those surveyed, keeping guests entertained is the top challenge of planning a wedding (30%).
Almost three in 10 (28%) feel that pleasing all family members is another dilemma when planning a wedding, with 43 percent fearing that some members of their family would be upset if they didn’t have a traditional celebration.
Respondents were divided over whether they’d have a more traditional (21%) or more modern wedding (21%), but were most likely to mix both elements (43%). Overall, modern couples still seek traditional customs: 23 percent believe a flower bouquet will never be outdated, more so than seated dinners (18%), and a slow dance for the first song (21%). In the end, the majority (64%) agree that their wedding should be as unique as their union.
“We’re seeing that today’s couple combines modernity with tradition for a unique take that is completely their own. Design is often a main point of self-expression and serves as an avenue to authentically express their love,” the spokesperson for Minted Weddings says.