Baby boomer weddings tend to be low-key, involve family

Wedding bells are ringing for baby boomers, too. But brides and bridegrooms in their 50s and 60s often have different priorities than their younger counterparts, reports the Associated Press.

“The weddings tend to be smaller and not as over-the-top,” said Keija Minor, executive editor of Brides magazine.

“When you’re in your 20s and 30s, there’s a lot of family influence,” she said. “The beauty of getting married in your 50s and 60s is you don’t necessarily feel the pressure of family wishes. People really get to do their wedding their way.”

Boomer weddings tend to cost about the same as weddings for younger couples but emphasize different things, said Marsha Pruitt, wedding planner for The Event Host in Charlotte, N.C.

“It’s more of a small elegant party,” she said. “For my older brides, they put a lot of emphasis on a nice meal and keeping it cozy enough,” she said. “It’s all about relationship when you get older.”

Older brides and grooms have a more sophisticated style, she said.

“They don’t necessarily want everything,” Pruitt said. “They have a better understanding of how money works. They start off knowing what their budget is.”

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  1. I liked the article about baby boomer weddings, but the author does not understand bridal etiquette:

    A second-time bride or a twentieth-time bride is allowed to wear a short veil. Second-time brides are prohibited from wearing “blusher veils.”

    And, really… in an era of brides marrying brides and grooms marrying grooms and brides with tatoos all over the place and God only knows what’s going on in the parts we can’t see, does anyone really think that Aunt Martha will faint dead away if Suzie-Q wears the wrong veil?

    Tina Boomerina

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