Wedding websites today are aswirl with inventive suggestions, including 10 Unique Wedding Venues from Burnett's Boards; 23 Unconventional But Awesome Wedding Ideas from Buzzfeed and 21 Most Unique Ceremony Ideas from Emmaline Bride.
Almost everybody who is getting married, it seems, is doing it in a different style. "It takes courage and a lot of work to plan a wedding outside of the box," says New York-based relationship coach Fran Greene. "Couples who select an unusual venue for the ceremony ... want to make a statement about what is meaningful to them."
"I Do" Ideas Of Yesteryear
Historian Carol Wallace traces idiosyncratic weddings in America back 50 years or so. By the late 1960s, she writes in All Dressed in White: The Irresistible Rise of the American Wedding, nuptial ceremonies were marked by a "drive for couples to differentiate themselves from other couples as well as from their parents. The majestic predictability of tradition, which had been a selling point only a generation earlier, was now seen as tainted."
But even before the late 1960s, there were at least a few pioneering newlyweds. Here are some ideas for weddings, American history-style:
So, by turning away from one kind of American tradition, couples may be embracing another — and one another.
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