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Breaking Tradition: A Look at the Evolving Wedding Trends of the Last Five Years

Over the past five years, there have been a number of changes in UK wedding trends.

One trend that has grown in popularity is the use of outdoor and destination weddings. Many couples are opting for outdoor venues such as gardens, beaches, and even national parks as a way to create a more unique and intimate setting for their wedding.

This trend is particularly popular in the summer months, as the weather is more conducive but not restricted to outdoor events. This trend is driven by a desire for a more unique and memorable wedding experience, there has been an increase in vendors offering Tepee's, Bell tents with a full decoration service, there are other event decorators who can make small unassuming and outdoor spaces look spectacular.

Another trend that has emerged in recent years is the use of social media and technology in weddings. Many couples are now using social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest to plan and promote their weddings, and are also incorporating technology into their big day, such as using live-streaming to allow friends and family who can't attend to watch the ceremony remotely.

This trend is driven by the growing use of social media in all aspects of life, and the desire to share the wedding experience with a wider audience.

Another trend is the use of unique themes and colour schemes, as well as more eco-friendly and sustainable options. Couples are looking for ways to make their wedding stand out and to make it more personal, and are using unique themes and colour schemes to achieve this. Additionally, there is a growing awareness of environmental issues, and many couples are looking for ways to make their wedding more sustainable by using locally sourced produce and flowers, and opting for biodegradable decorations.

Another trend that is becoming increasingly popular is "DIY weddings." These weddings are characterized by the couple doing a lot of the planning and preparation themselves, often with the help of friends and family.

This trend is driven by a desire for a more personal and unique wedding experience, as well as a way to save money on wedding expenses. DIY weddings can include things like making your own invitations, decorations, and even food.

This often ties in with the newer trend, especially since the Covid lockdowns affecting 2020 & 2021, of having smaller, more intimate weddings, with many couples opting for a smaller guest list and a more casual, relaxed atmosphere.

This is also a reflection of the current economic climate, as well as a desire for a more personal and meaningful wedding experience. With smaller weddings, couples are able to focus more on the details, the company and the ambiance, making it a more memorable experience.

When you first become engaged, or in the first stages of your wedding planning, stop for a moment. Consider what it is that you truly want. Make a list of all those things, then consider why you actually want these things. Do you want them because of a sense of expectation? Is this what you feel a wedding looks like? Is this how all the weddings have looked when you have looked on as a guest?

As a celebrant, I can assure you that there is no one type of wedding. Couples create their own traditions, or mix them with old traditions. There is no right or wrong way to plan a wedding. I invite you to step out of the box and imagine how a wedding could look if XYZ occurred. You maybe be surprised that what you think you want, can change totally when you have a good look at what is available and what others are doing. Pinterest is a fantastic place to get ideas.

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