A new survey reveals that today’s brides aren’t afraid to buck tradition at their weddings. Somethings are changing but other things are staying the same.
Online wedding directory WeddingDays.co.uk surveyed 200 brides-to-be about their attitudes on Big Day traditions like wearing white, taking their husband’s last name, and having their father give them away.
They found that 26 percent of brides-to-be wanted to keep their maiden name in some form, and 9 percent would wear a dress in a color other than white. However, 76% of respondents said that they would still like their fathers to walk them down the aisle.
In a press release, Elki Parmar of Wedding Days said she’s spoken to many brides who are doing things to make their Big Day more “feminist.”
“Many of the women we spoke to thought that changing their last name after marriage to their husbands’ conformed to a patriarchal ideology and didn’t want to feel they were giving up their own identity for their husbands,” she said.
Other common takaways:
Ninety-one percent of brides find new ideas from images online. Forty percent of brides spend two to four hours a week viewing wedding-related photos, while 36 percent browse these types of images for five to 10 hours weekly and 58 percent share the images with family and friends.
One-third of women collected photos before getting engaged, and 31 percent viewed photos before they were engaged but hadn’t collected them.
The most-searched category is reception décor images (48 percent), and the second-most popular search is wedding dress images (46 percent). In addition, one in 10 brides say they checked out thousands of dress images online. But only 14 percent actually purchased a wedding dress they found online, suggesting that shopping in brick-and-mortar bridal shops is still an important part of the process.
Other survey results found that brides are also checking out centerpieces (41 percent), flowers and other do-it-yourself elements (35 percent) and invitations and save-the-date announcements (29 percent).
However, according to the survey, looking at online images doesn’t provide much inspiration when it comes to food and drinks or the wedding photographer.
In addition, 15 percent of brides get “mildly annoyed” when other brides use their ideas, 41 percent were flattered, and 25 percent could not care less.
Thirty percent of brides will only show their online photo collection to friends, family and wedding vendors. Seventy-three percent say they receive predominantly positive comments, and 13 percent confessed that they received negative comments.
One recent bride, Devon Glenn, said that when she got engaged, she purchased a leather-bound scrapbook to compile pages torn from magazines, pressed flowers, fabric samples, etc… Her bridesmaids and family members lived all over the world, so it was difficult for her to share these items. She used email chains, but many went unopened.