Americans are revealing the most outdated wedding traditions they’re willing to see behind them — and what’s lasting

According to a new poll, two-thirds of Americans agree planning a wedding is harder now than it was for previous generations.

A survey of 2,000 people who have recently planned or attended a wedding found that the majority (42%) took between six months and a year to plan their wedding.

A poll of 2,000 Americans revealed some of the most antiquated wedding traditions

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A poll of 2,000 Americans revealed some of the most antiquated wedding traditionsPhoto credit: Getty

While only one in five (20%) believe they could do it in less than six months and 23% need more than a year.

Compared to other generations, the majority (41%) of Millennials need between six months and a year and 17% one to two years.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Minted, the survey aimed to find out how today’s weddings mix modern trends with traditional customs and to see which wedding customs are being relegated to the past.

One in five believe the practice of the bride wearing a white dress is officially an outdated tradition.

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Another nearly one in five (19%) respondents think mother-son and father-daughter dances are an outdated tradition, with 19% of millennials agreeing.

A quarter of those surveyed find the trend of not seeing the bride before the ceremony to be old-fashioned.

Around one in four (23%) believe the modern tradition of having more than one maid of honor will endure.

And one in five (20%) believe gender-neutral wedding celebrations are the future.

“We’re seeing more and more couples prioritizing a celebration that’s truly authentic to them and rooted in what they feel is important. Inclusivity and acceptance are central. While many couples still honor traditions of the past, they are also incorporating new customs with personal meaning,” said a spokesman for Minted Weddings.

The survey also revealed that the perfect number of wedding guests for this summer’s gatherings is exactly 115.

And selecting those guests is no easy task, with more than a quarter (28%) saying making the guest list is one of the biggest obstacles.

According to respondents, entertaining guests is the biggest challenge when planning a wedding (30%).

Nearly three in ten (28%) think pleasing all family members is another dilemma when planning a wedding, with 43% concerned some family members would be upset if they didn’t have a traditional celebration.

Respondents were split on whether they would be more traditional (21%) or more modern (21%) in their marriage, but were most likely to combine both elements (43%).

Overall, modern couples are still looking to traditional customs: 23% believe a bouquet of flowers will never go out of date, more so than a stand-up dinner (18%) and a slow dance to the first song (21%).

In the end, the majority (64%) of people agree their wedding should be as unique as their marriage.

“We see today’s couple blend modernity with tradition to create a unique setting that is all its own. Design is often a key point of self-expression and serves as a way to authentically express their love,” said a spokesman for Minted Weddings

THE MOST DIFFICULT PARTS OF PLANNING A WEDDING TODAY

Pay for it – 35%
Make sure everyone enjoys it – 30%
Ensuring COVID-19 safety – 30%
Selection of groomsmen and members of the wedding party – 29%
Enjoy the day yourself – 28%
Delighting all family members – 28%
Creating a guest list – 28%

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What is inside

  • Small Weddings/Elopement – 29%
  • Wedding websites – 28%
  • Bright, vibrant colors – 25%
  • Promotional Videos – 25%
  • Alternate Rings – 25%
  • Non-white wedding dress – 24%
  • More than one maid of honor – 23%
  • Non-gender wedding celebrations – 20%

What’s happening

  • Bride must not be seen before wedding – 25%
  • Parents of the bride pay for the wedding – 24%
  • The guests of the bride and groom are seated separately – 24%
  • Walking down the aisle to Here Comes the Bride – 22%
  • The guests of the bride and groom are seated separately – 24%
  • Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue – 22%
  • Bible readings or religious readings during the ceremony – 22%
  • White wedding dress – 19%
Some traditions like the bride in white or guests seated apart are on the rise in favor of newer trends

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Some traditions like the bride in white or guests seated apart are on the rise in favor of newer trendsPhoto credit: Getty

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Jessica MacLeish

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