Wedding Traditions 2022: 4 Shocking Trends Brides Are Ditching

Nicholas Murphy

Many things have changed in the wedding industry over the past few years after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic – and there could be huge traditions going out of fashion.

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According to new research from Wedinpsire, in which they interviewed hundreds of people who would tie the knot in 2022/23, the bride and groom could ditch first dances and best man speeches on their big day, saying they prefer the idea of ​​more intimate gatherings without “cheesy” and “obsolete” traditions.

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Charlotte Ingham, co-founder of the luxury wedding platform, explained: “Longstanding wedding traditions are taking a step backwards when it comes to post-pandemic wedding planning, deemed obsolete and unimportant, a new Wedding era takes its place focusing on informal and relaxed events. indulgent wedding celebrations and experiences.

“The desire to cut the guest list and go for an intimate/micro wedding is certainly driving change in wedding traditions, instead of incorporating formal speeches and superstitious bouquet tossing, couples want to let go with their chosen ones, throughout a weekend or more.”

Take a look at the four dying wedding traditions of 2022-2023 and why…

1. Launch the bouquet


The bouquet toss has been described as corny and sexist

It’s one of the most iconic parts of any romance movie with single women coming together (and sometimes even pushing!) for the chance to grab the bride’s bouquet – a symbol that they’re next. to walk down the aisle. But bouquet tossing isn’t quite as popular in real life in 2022 with 40% of couples saying they plan to ditch the trend.

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Why? Some comments revealed it was for sentimental reasons, including one bride who wants to ‘preserve my flowers’ and another who plans to place her bouquet in her ‘grandparents memorial garden’. How nice!

Others, meanwhile, said they didn’t believe in the tradition, or found it controversial, describing it as “cheesy”, “demeaning to women” and “sexist”.

2. The Best Man Speech

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Not everyone enjoys speaking in public, especially when the witness must carefully balance witty and accommodating to the couple’s family and friends. In fact, 26% of those polled revealed they omitted the best man speech, with some citing “social anxiety” as the reason.

Other comments have suggested that many brides and grooms are hosting smaller, more intimate weddings who don’t have the time or need to have one. So breathe a sigh of relief if you are an upcoming witness!

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3. The First Dance

Again, if you don’t like having all eyes on you, you probably won’t feel comfortable having the first dance at your wedding. From choosing the perfect music to figuring out if you want a choreographed dance, there can be a lot of pressure.

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But fear not, you won’t be alone if you decide to ditch them, with 27% saying they plan to ditch their dancing shoes on their wedding day. Some couples interviewed said they think the tradition is “more for the guests than for ourselves” — and if there’s time to dictate exactly what you want, it’s your wedding day.

4. Family photos

Organizing family dynamics on a wedding day is tough, and while you can keep some people apart with a cleverly designed seating plan, it’s not so easy when it comes to photos.

According to Wedindpire, 18% of couples do not plan family photos at their wedding.

Instead, it seems couples want to have small guest lists but enjoy week-long celebrations, with 60% planning nuptials that last longer than a day and 60% considering activities or experiences for the guests before and after the wedding day. This could include wine tastings, yacht excursions, luxury spa treatments and culinary workshops.

Over 50% also said they were planning a conscious wedding, complete with virtual invitations, birdseed confetti and reusable wedding attire.

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