Marriage has changed quite significantly in the last fifty years. Before, it was often considered a religious or ceremonial event where two people, usually a man and a woman, would be permitted to legally tie themselves together and gain married status. The ceremony brought two people together as well as families, and that was wonderful. Unfortunately, it was also quite limiting. For many, legal marriage was not open to them, thanks to outdated (or rather, never justified) laws that limited people of certain identities, lack of faith, or sexualities to get married.
Thankfully, many of those limiting factors are now being rescinded, or have been for a short amount of time. Furthermore, marriage is no longer thought of as an explicitly religious ceremony, although many people still do find value in faith-based marriage ceremonies.
But how else has marriage changed over the years? How might it change in the future? And, perhaps most importantly, how can this relate to you? It’s worth considering that, because as we say, marriage equality is a human right. Let’s consider:
Dress codes are no longer expected in marriage ceremonies. Now, whatever you feel helps the event feel classy, relevant, and beautiful is totally up to you. We’ve seen alt-weddings, weddings in fancy dress, and weddings in simple, smart casual clothing.
No matter if you hope to pay heed to the culture garbs of your ancestry, or you wish to try something new, merging with color schemes, two suits, two dresses or two designs of your own making, unlocking the door to the styles you feel comfortable in, and whatever makes you as a couple happy, is often the best way forward.
We often think that engagement rings have to follow a set standard, but as Jacob Mercari has proven, the highest quality rings can still work for those with a more discerning taste. Investing in these tokens of love and future marriage can be an heirloom that you may pass down throughout your family, and that has to be a positive thing.
Engagement rings can also help you feel more connected and celebratory regarding the whole event, but you don’t have to fit conventional band requirements, or stick with the same stones, or hit a price floor or ceiling to feel comfortable with it. What works for you, with a high-quality brand like this, is often for the best.
Traditional schedules of marriage arrangement are starting to shift, made perhaps even more apparent by how postponed they have become in response to Covid-19. However, many couples are choosing now to book their own ceremonies elsewhere, perhaps in resorts, perhaps in areas of cultural significance, while leaving the officiating to take place in registry offices.
It goes to show that you need not have to hire a venue or go for a traditional religious wedding to enjoy a fantastic venue, nor does a familiar backdrop have to be the direct option you take. Expressing the tastes of you and your partner is always a great idea, no matter where it leads you.
With this advice, we hope you can easily consider just how and why marriage norms are starting to shift, perhaps even giving you a sense of greater freedom when planning your own.