As we near the end of prime wedding season – we look at how weddings have evolved over the years and what they will be like in years to come...so what’s the weirdest wedding you’ve ever been to?
The typical British wedding 50 years ago was a pretty staid affair, almost always in a church, almost always with the bride walking down the aisle in a white dress to the traditional wedding march and almost always with a wedding breakfast afterwards featuring a standard dinner with a few drinks.
Fast forward to 2012 and there is no such thing as a typical British wedding. People now get married on beaches, at football stadiums, mountain tops and while skydiving out of planes. Brides wear everything from bikinis, miniskirts and tuxedos, to medieval costumes and Princess Lea outfits.
And with our family and friends dotted around the country and even farther afield, people are now even attending special events via a live web cast when the alternative would be to miss it otherwise.
New research shows that more than half of us have missed a special occasion, such as a wedding, that we wish we could have been at however, more than 40% of British people would prefer friends and family to watch their wedding on a video call rather than miss their special day altogether.
It is perhaps no surprise that the absence of parents is most keenly felt, with 27% of respondents willing to consider virtual attendance as a back-up option to them being there in person. Siblings (22%) also scored highly, but it seems that for the best man and bridesmaids’ attendance is compulsory. Only 1% of Brits would consider having their best man or bridesmaids join a wedcast.
Even when we can’t be there in person, it seems that Brits are still keen to look their best for the big day, with 14% of women surveyed by Skype saying they would buy a new outfit for the occasion. In fact, it seems most of us are keen to make an effort, with 77% spending the same amount of time or more to get ready for a wedcast than if we were at the wedding itself.
So what other technological advances will weddings utilise in years to come? And how else will weddings evolve over the next 50 years?