How to choose the right place for the ceremony
We are a nation divided when it comes to our wedding day apparently, with big differences emerging depending on what part of the country we are from, particularly in religious ceremonies and the amount of money people are likely to spend.
These were the two main findings from planning website, hitched.co.uk‘s annual survey of newlyweds – 2014 saw its largest ever survey interviewing a huge 1,893 newly married couples. While over two in five weddings from respondents from the North East were religious (45%), this fell to under a third for those from the East Midlands (30%), and not much more for South West newlyweds with 31%. The spend on the wedding day also varies greatly.
Less than three in 10 weddings (28%) are now conducted by a priest or a vicar. The overwhelming choice of minister for the modern wedding is an appointed civic official from the register office (48%) though many couples are now officially married by a friend (one in 20), while one in 10 wedding ceremonies are conducted by a ship’s captain. Once a mainstay of tradition, the white wedding dress is also being eschewed, with just a third of brides now getting married in one. Almost as many (28%), now walk up the aisle in a coloured dress.
We took a sneak peek at what’s going to be at the show this spring at an exclusive press event back in January.
Held in the beautiful setting of One Whitehall Place, the National Wedding Show Press Event provided an exclusive preview of what’s in store at the UK’s biggest wedding show this season – and we can safely say that real brides are in for a big treat! Timeless Couture, Ivory & Co and Phase Eight presented the latest bridal trends, showcasing stunning wedding gowns together with exquisite collections of complementary accessories.