The history of same-sex weddings developed without many of the pressures that accompanied opposite-sex weddings. As a result, this led to some cool and innovative trends and practices. Now that same-sex weddings are becoming more common and widely accepted, let's look at 5 trends that have emerged over the years.
Walking down the aisle together. Most same-sex couples choose to walk down the aisle together. This trend powerfully symbolizes the couple’s equality and unity, and because of this, it's being adopted even outside of same-sex weddings.
Watches instead of engagement rings. For a long time, the tradition was to have an engagement ring at the time of the proposal, and to add wedding bands to this during the wedding ceremony. While the majority of same-sex couples still opt for wedding bands, many gay, and some lesbian couples, are choosing watches instead of diamond engagement rings Of course, engagement watches are luxury items that are designed to last for a lifetime.
Both partners wearing engagement rings. While some couples are avoiding engagement rings altogether, others are embracing them even more, by having each partner wear an engagement ring. Some couples complement these engagement rings with wedding bands, while other couples take off their engagement rings before the wedding day, and use them as wedding bands during the ceremony.
Writing your own vows. It’s consistent with the typically intimate atmosphere of same-sex weddings to write customized, personal vows. Don’t know where to start? Check out our article on 3 same-sex wedding vows.
Original attire. Many same-sex couples are bucking tradition and are choosing colors, patterns, and cuts that are not typical for wedding suits and gowns. Many are taking this even further, and are opting for relaxed but elegant summer wear, even going so far as to wear flip flops at a beach wedding.
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