On Saturday 29th July, the most popular date to wed in 2019, we dispatched 17 writers to weddings all over the country, with one brief: tell us what the Great British Wedding looks like today.
OVER 12,600 OF YOU GOT MARRIED ON THIS DATE, MAKING IT THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER WEDDING DAY OF THE YEAR. And hundreds of you applied to be part of our ‘we want to come to your wedding’ project. There were Christian, Sikh, Jewish and humanist ceremonies, and weddings with Nigerian, Turkish and Samoan traditions. Gay weddings, second marriages, festival parties, medieval bashes and black-tie dinners.
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Your budgets ranged from £3,000 to £120,000, and your ages from 20 to 73! We had childhood sweethearts, divorcees, widows and eternal singletons who met The One and got engaged within three months. The weddings that made our shortlist showed what a creative bunch you are, making up your own modern traditions, tearing up the running order and styling your day exactly as you wanted.
A project this big called for some key collaborators, so blogs Nu Bride and Bridal Musings joined the party to help us cover your weddings – and we celebrated with you at them all. The clearest message from the day? Simply that there are no rules. It’s evident that for people living in this country today, a wedding is about creating an event that has you written all over it. If you thought a British wedding in 2017 was all about bunting and cream teas, the next 10 pages will make you think again…