Brides quizzed on changing wedding trends

A number of brides have commented on how things have changed over the course of the last 60 years when it comes to organising a wedding.

According to, Jean Mercer – who got married in the 1950s – only had two weeks to plan her whole wedding but her family pitched in to help her set up her big day. However, millennium bride Holly Dunham received no help over the four years that it took to plan her big day.

In addition, the average cost of a wedding in the 1950s – described as traditionally ‘flawless’ and quintessentially white by – was just £50 compared to the £47,000 average spent in 2012, according to research.

Furthermore, modern couples also have to wait longer to marry, with a 2012 couple potentially having to wait a while before putting pen to paper on a wedding venue, a wedding reception venue and slipping that long-awaiting ring on a wedding finger. However, in the 1950s, couples were likely to be married within six months of meeting.

Geeta Randev, chief wedding consultant at, commented on the notion of past weddings: “The notion around marriage has significantly changed in the last 60 years. In the 1950s, weddings were formal affairs held in local town halls, with close family and friends and a buffet dinner.

“Marriage signified an approval to cohabit with your partner and start a family. The time between the initial engagement and the ceremony was short and so members of the family all chipped in to help with various elements of the day, making the day a lot cheaper. What’s more it was common for the bride to wear a passed down dress or veil from previous generations,” she added.