The Evolution of the Wedding Industry

These days, it’s not uncommon for couples to spend over $30,000 on a wedding ceremony. But that wasn’t always the case. We wondered: How did wedding ceremonies look hundreds, and even thousands, of years ago? And what trends were popular back then that are still common today?

the evolution of the wedding industry

In this infographic, we offer a detailed look at how the wedding industry has changed over time. Here’s a sneak peek:

  • B.C. to the 1700s: Many colonial-era marriage celebrations took place in the winter months when there was less to do on the farm or plantation agriculturally
  • The 1800s: After brides and grooms left their receptions, they would be pelted with rice and shoes by their guests as a symbol of wishes for fertility and happiness
  • The 1900s: Dancing became a part of wedding celebrations, with phonographs providing music as guests danced the tango, turkey trot, and waltz
  • The 2000s: Traditional wedding cakes were more frequently passed up in favor of cupcake towers so brides could flaunt their unique style

To read more about the evolution of the wedding industry, download our infographic on the side of this page.

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