A new survey suggests that more and more brides are turning their backs on popular wedding traditions, with many citing feminism as a major reason why.
Conducted by the Internet wedding directory WeddingDays.co.uk, the survey involved a couple hundred brides-to-be, who revealed some modern attitudes about marriage. Among other things, the survey showed that:
- 26 percent of all respondents said they planned to keep their maiden names, either by keeping them entirely or through hyphenating.
- 24 percent said they refused to have their fathers walk them down the aisles, saying the tradition carried connotations that women are property to be traded or given away.
- 9 percent of brides said they wouldn’t wear white on their wedding days, because they say the tradition was founded on promoting the appearing of virginal innocence.
A Growing Trend?
Compared to similar surveys conducted years ago, this particular poll did show an increasing number of feminist attitudes in regard to marriage. That said, according to professional wedding photographer, Arnaud Brichet, despite the survey’s revelations, he finds that most brides prefer to keep things traditional.
“The vast majority of brides don’t view wedding traditions as being anti-feminist,” he said. “For instance, the average bride doesn’t want her father to give her away because of anti-feminist reasons; she wants to maintain the tradition out of love and respect.”
Owner of the Punta Cana wedding photography studio HDC Photo, Brichet has years of experience working on all sorts of different weddings, featuring a wide array individual themes and traditions. According to him, despite the potential differences between weddings, the common theme should be happiness and love.
“Ultimately, a wedding should be a celebration,” he said. “When people get fixated on specific intricacies, they often lose sight of the most important things. In the end, the ceremony should be about bonding two lives, regardless of whether it’s traditional or uniquely modern.”