It’s not just a new year but a new decade, and that means a lot of change when it comes to weddings. There are of course those who like to keep it traditional but there are others that like to keep things fresh and modern and if that means changing with the times, so be it.
For those who are tying the knot, there are details — both big and small — that can be done to ensure you’re keeping things on-trend. We spoke with Jodi Gagné, wedding planner and founder of Simply Perfect, who consulted with Kate McClellan of Planning Collective, and rounded up what they believe are the things to look out for at this year’s wedding ceremonies and receptions.
No bridal party
Same goes for same-sex couples, who are showing they're a united front from the get-go, and walking down the aisle together rather than being escorted by a parent of loved one.
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Increase in intimate weddings
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From a financial standpoint, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays come at significantly higher rates. "But if you want the wedding of your dreams, and you have a select number of guests, a weekday comes at a fraction of the cost.
And Gagné pointed out that Thursdays, in particular, are her favourite days to celebrate because you still have the whole weekend to yourself.
"We almost need interruptions in the monotonous, daily routine; what better way to do that than with a party?"
Forego the gift registry
"A lot of couples are already living together, so they already have a house, they already have stuff — and they don't want more stuff. So experiences are starting to become a little bit more popular, whether it's excursions on their honeymoon points or money towards flights, or a candlelight dinner."
Another way to show a little love to ancestors is by acknowledging traditional land or territory in ceremonies, specifically for First Nations, though that's a personal choice.
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Paying tribute to the parentals
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No kids allowed
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Humans out, canines in
And Gagné doesn't see the trend ending anytime soon. "I can see it becoming more popular because a lot of couples have dogs before they get married so that's their first baby together. And with a lot of the venues being more open to having dogs there, I think it's going to get even bigger than it has been."
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Eliminate the wedding-ness of a wedding
So bucking traditions, think eliminating the bouquet and garter tosses, ceremonial cake-cutting, foregoing the guest book, and getting rid of speeches. Which leads us to ...
Fewer or no speeches
Gagné believes the reception isn't exactly the right place for speeches and should be saved for either the rehearsal dinner or engagement party.
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Element of fun
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Keeping it device-free
"Couples are recognizing that they don't want their wedding to be on Instagram before they even have a chance to see their own photos," she said. "They just want to be unplugged. For me, I want the couple to be in the moment as opposed to being tagged and having to like all these photos."
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Colour of the year
Exotic honeymoon destinations
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Hopes for 2020
- A swing during cocktails and the reception. "Every wedding should have a swing."
- Dessert served first. "How amazing would that be?"
- Breakfast for dinner. "Who doesn't love breakfast?"
- A hot chocolate station. "Every winter wedding should have a hot chocolate station."
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