Has The Traditional Wedding Ceremony Gone Forever?
Published: 12 Feb 2008 - in ceremony and reception
Over the last decade we have seen some major changes in the wedding licence laws dictating where and when you can actually get married. In general terms you can apply for a wedding permit for any venue in the UK, with sports arenas, country homes and the like becoming more and more popular. This has prompted many to ask whether the traditional wedding ceremony of old has gone forever and have weddings become too commercialised?
While there is no doubt that the changes to the wedding laws have caused major changes in the industry, and opened many new doors for an array of venues and wedding day experiences, in truth the wedding day has been a major commercial event for many years. The average cost of a wedding has continued to increase for many years, with more traditions and more pressure on the bride and groom to deliver a day for everyone to remember.
Thankfully for many, the changes of late have not all been for the worse, with the old traditional that the brides parents covered the cost of the wedding starting to reduce. Many seemed to forgotten that the massive increase in the cost of a wedding had placed untold pressure on many parents who often felt obliged to cover the majority of, if not all of the costs involved. While it may sadden some that some of the old traditions have gone, the wedding of today is vastly different to the wedding days of 20 years ago.
In some ways it has been difficult to see the traditional place of ceremony effectively downgraded, but for some the church has always and will always continue to be their place of choice. Those looking for a more modern place to confirm their vows now have many different opportunities open to them, ensuring that their wedding day is also a day to remember. While some of the traditionalists may disagree, surely it is the vows themselves which are the main focal point of the day, and the fact that marriage is still so important to many.
A wedding should be a day to remember, and in a strange quirk of fate the change in the wedding licensing laws has actually highlighted the act of marriage and seen an increase in interest. Whether you get married on a football field, in a church or at the local registry office, the main point is that for many people marriage is back on the agenda.
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