What You Won’t See at 2014 Weddings

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Times are changing — and engagement and wedding trends are changing with it. More Americans are tying the knot on their terms by opting out of unnecessary expenses and forgoing traditional societal and gender norms. What age-old proposal and wedding traditions are you unlikely to see?

Groomsmen And Bridesmaids Walking Down The Aisle Together

People are challenging traditional gender roles, including the outdated practice of groomsmen walking bridesmaids down the aisle. In fact, mixed gender wedding parties (on either side) are becoming increasingly common. Brides and grooms to be are much more likely to ask wedding party members to walk down the aisle alone, or even to line them up at the front prior to the wedding ceremony.

The One-Size-Fits-All Engagement Ring

Engagements and proposals are changing, too. Fewer Americans are proposing with classic, white diamond engagement rings. Instead, more men and women are opting for non-traditional, unique engagement rings. Consumers are choosing from tinted diamond engagement rings, gemstone engagement rings, or — in some cases — even custom jewelry. Blue, pink, and canary-colored diamonds are rapidly gaining popularity. On the other side of the spectrum, one man took custom jewelry and custom engagement rings to the next level, forgoing white gold wedding bands in favor of an engagement ring made entirely from meteorite.

Couples Going Nuts With Stationary

Weddings are expensive, and more Americans are getting smart about spending. Brides and grooms are paying only for stationary they need. For example, couples are skipping the added — and unnecessary — expense of escort cards. (For those who are unfamiliar with them, table cards lead your guests to their table. Escort cards designate the exact seat they will sit in.)

Know what not to expect. Engagements and weddings are changing. Don’t be surprised if you see more custom jewelry, less unnecessary stationary, and more couples getting creative with wedding party choices. More research here.

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