Millennial Wedding Trends
See how kids these days say "I do!"
Typically classified as 18-to-34-year olds, millennials know what they like and how they like it. They don’t stick to the status quo, and are always looking for ways to put a twist on the traditional. With surveys conducted by The Knot and YPulse, we can analyze just what this age range has up its (wedding dress) sleeve. From incorporating social media to having the wedding ceremony on a weekday, millennials place emphasis on experience, comfort and fun!
Weekday Wedding Dates
Forget having your wedding on a Saturday (and save money too). Millennials are more apt to reserve a wedding on a weekday more than any other age group. This allows them to book their dream ceremony venue, but at a lower cost. Luckily for millennials, Wayfarers Chapel offers wedding ceremonies every. single. day. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday, you can have your wedding at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm, for instance. Wednesday and Sunday have various times as well, so make sure to check with our Reservations office to find out more!
Millennials are not only about creating an experience for their guests, but also an aesthetic. This is the time to create a hashtag with your celebrity couple name, so to speak. Millennials use the hashtag on social media for guests to use as they post photos from the big day, as well as throughout the whole process. Get your wedding party to spread the word using the hashtag during dress fittings, bridal party brunch and bachelor/bachelorette parties. You can even include it on your wedding website, save-the-dates and invites!
Not Your Average Church
Millennials are straying away from the traditional brick and glass church for their ceremony venue. Rather, they seek out rustic or aesthetically-pleasing (there we go again) venues that are more than Instagram-worthy. Outdoor spaces and eye-catching architectural elements are especially in demand, so ehm, ehm – Wayfarers has your back.
A Crafty Open Bar
As previously mentioned, millennials are all about a good time. Food, drink and music tend to be aspects of the wedding that this age group are paying special attention to. When it comes to cocktail hour, consider an open bar with a wide variety of offerings. Popular picks are on-trend cocktails like Moscow mules and a selection of craft beers.
Forget the Seating Chart
Many millennials are skipping the seating chart altogether. Not only does it cause a lot of stress and planning to figure out which co-workers should sit next to whom, but a lot of the time, guests already know who they want to sit with. Open seating allows for your guests to come together and even make new friends! Now who doesn’t want that?
Breezy Bridesmaids Dresses
The more mismatched, the better. Millennials definitely stick to a color palette, but play around with different dress lengths, styles and shades. They also aren’t as formal as they used to be, so breezy, chiffon-type dresses are the move for maximum comfort and style. This is especially true for beach and coastal weddings!
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Ah, the first dance. We all know the one- starts off slow, his hand on your back and yours on his shoulder. But wait! The slow music fades, a spotlight appears and Beyoncé starts blasting through the speakers. With millennials, choreographed dance routines are no joke, not to mention extremely entertaining for all. You don’t have to be a trained dancer to pull this off, either- keep it fun and simple! Start researching on YouTube for ideas and get excited.
You might be familiar with Snapchat geofilters. Wherever you go, you can snap a photo and a happy birthday filter, city filter or holiday filter might appear. You can actually create your own wedding Snapchat filter for guests to use, or have someone create one for you. Check out Snapchat’s website for how to personalize your own!
Which trend would you be willing to try? Tag us in your millennial wedding photos!