FROM taking your husband’s surname to wearing white, once upon a time, keeping to traditional wedding customs was a crucial part of getting married.
But now, it seems attitudes are beginning to change after a new study revealed less than a third of Brits think traditions are important.
The study – conducted by jewellers F. Hinds – found just 31 per cent of Brits consider traditional wedding customs to be an integral part of their day.
Fewer brides and grooms are bothered by hen and stag dos, with just 19 per cent of those surveyed considering them important.
A mere 9 per cent of people think wedding favours are needed, and only 10 per cent think the bride’s family should foot the bill.
And while the groom carrying his new bride across the threshold was once an important tradition, only 16 per cent of those surveyed still believe this to be the case.
Almost 60 per cent of people believe it’s important for the bride’s father to walk her down the aisle[/caption]
Despite some traditions being left in the past, the study revealed almost 60 per cent of people believe it’s important for the bride’s father to walk her down the aisle, and nearly half consider having a best man and a team of bridesmaids to be crucial.
With more women keeping their own surname after marriage, it’s unsurprising that just over a third feel it’s important for a bride to take her husband’s name.
And while in the past, wedding speeches would be the responsibility of the groom and his best man, 20 per cent of brides aged 18-44 revealed they’d given a speech on their big day, a number which halved in brides over 45.
Even the traditional wedding ring seems to be dying out, with just 37 per cent of couples believing them to be important.
When it comes to the big white wedding dress, six per cent of those surveyed opted for a suit instead and almost one quarter have chosen not to get married in the traditional attire.
From getting married at Wetherspoons, to one couple planning their big day at Starbucks, it certainly seems traditions are changing.
Which ones are important to you?
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