Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
2:00 AM 16th July 2022

Something Old, Something New!

Wedding traditions have changed over the years, and Gail Bradley, wedding Coordinator at five-star hotel The Grand, York,shares her thoughts on which traditions are firm favourites and where newlyweds are saying goodbye to the old way of doing things.

From cake cutting to father daughter dances, which traditions are still popular in 2022?

Have you seen traditional trends become less popular?

“Yes, we definitely have seen a shift in wedding traditions. Aspects of the day such as the father daughter dances aren’t as popular anymore, possibly due to changing family dynamics. Additionally we’re seeing less and less brides throwing the bouquet, and even the throwing of confetti has become less popular in recent years.”

Have people started opting for more quirky cake choices?

“Traditional cakes are still very popular for many couples, but naked cakes tend to be the cake of choice.Cupcakes too are a popular choice and quirky cakes come along occasionally, for example we’ve seen cakes of cheese dressed with flowers and grapes, and porkpie cakes.”

What are common keepsakes? Do couples still opt for guest books?

“Here at The Grand, guest books are as popular as ever as a traditional keepsake. However newer favourites we’re seeing emerge are jigsaws or pictures, which guests sign around.”

Have we seen an increase in multiple outfits for the bride? For example, changing after the ceremony.

“More often than not we will still see brides are still sticking to the one dress, however it has definitely become more popular in the case of celebrities, and it may well become commonplace in the future.”

Is surprise entertainment becoming more popular, for example secret singers or a singer disguised as a guest?

“Here at The Grand, not especially. Bands seem to remain a very popular choice more so than discos, for after the ceremony. In all my years working as a coordinator I’ve probably only seen singing waiters twice!”

Are there any other modern wedding trends you’re seeing emerge?

“Favours are changing, miniatures are popular but I’m finding that seed bombs are becoming more of a popular choice, or personalised biscuits that double as a place card. There are lots of fun new options that couples are exploring.

Of course, it is down to each individual couple to how they want to spend their day, but knowing what trends are still current and what new avenues other couples are exploring may give some inspiration to other couples.”