50 Ways Weddings Have Changed Over the Last 50 Years

The Budget Savvy Bride

Marriage is a longstanding institution: The first known evidence of marriage contracts and ceremonies dates back 4,000 years ago in Mesopotamia.

It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution and the growth of the middle class, when matches were no longer required to be about wealth or status, that love really entered the picture.

50 Ways Weddings Have Changed Over the Last 50 Years

A first dance song is one of the biggest choices. In 1967, one of the top choices for a first dance song was a classic, Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” but today many couples are choosing more like from Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars.

The first dance

In the 1960s, many receptions were held at home. As the wedding industry has grown, most receptions are now held at venues, which has increased overall wedding costs by thousands of dollars.

Reception venue

Prior to 1990, elopements were seen as a way for “unconventional” relationships, like those between already-pregnant couples and those on their second or third marriages, to gain legitimacy.

The rise of elopements

While there wasn’t a particular style that reigned supreme in the 1970s, many dresses included flowy, draped fabrics or bell sleeves.

Wedding dresses: ’70s

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