2018 is the year of the purge. People are downsizing their possessions, workload, and relationships in favor of less clutter and more happiness. Since weddings trend along with lifestyle, why should they be any different? A handful of our HUE couples this past year chose to have minimal to no wedding party stand up at the altar with them. Here’s some reasons why:
- Weddings are expensive – A fact we all know, but still worth stating. Between attire, hair and makeup, gifts and travel costs, a member of the wedding party may spend close to $1000 to be a part of the big day. Of course your family members and besties would do anything for you, but it can be tough to ask this of those who may be tight on finances.
- Things are happening a little later – The average age of a wedding couple these days is much closer to 30 than 20. At this point in your life, it’s more common to have a small tight knit group surrounding you than the tons of buddies you hung out with in high school and college. Unhealthy friendships have been weeded out and you have a strong idea about who you really want in your life moving forward. Those who are close to you know where they stand, and don’t need to be a member of your wedding party to be validated.
- Weddings are changing – These days, anywhere can be a venue. And the more unique the venue, the more creative you need to be with space which could mean minimal area for a large ceremony or head table setup. Also, many couples are choosing to forgo standard wedding traditions such as the grand march, bouquet and garter toss. They prefer to stay strong and do the day their way with what is most important to them instead of what is “tradition” – which we’re certainly in favor of!
Of course, there’s always going to be a place for those important people in your life. Whether it’s in the party or on the dance floor, they’re just here to support you and celebrate the big day! And with no right answer, you should feel comfortable making the call as to whatever works best for you.
Featured Photo: Tim Fitch Photography