Research reveals grooms are more traditional than brides
05 Jun 2017
2,000 men and women were surveyed by Bateaux London about their opinions on wedding traditions such as white dresses, being given away, and vows
New research from Bateaux London has revealed that men are more likely to stick to traditional values when it comes to planning their wedding day.
The biggest difference in opinion was in whether or not a bride should wear a white dress when getting married, with just 27% of women saying yes and almost 50% saying no, compared to 41% of men saying yes and only 28% saying no. Alternative wedding dresses with floral patterns, pastel colouring, or 3D adornments are becoming increasingly popular as brides choose to represent their personal style and personality through their gown choice.
When asked whether they think a father should still ‘give away’ his daughter when she gets married, 64% of men surveyed said yes compared to 58% of women. However, only 25% of participants said no, making it likely that this tradition will still be in place at most weddings. Similarly, 55% of women believe that bridesmaids must be female and groomsmen must be male, compared to 63% of men – and just 18% said they don’t think it matters.
Traditional vows were another contentious subject, with 38% of women saying they don’t think couples should read them when getting married and 32% saying that they think they should, compared to 45% of men who were in support of them and 26% who were against them. In general, 32% of people surveyed were unsure about traditional vows.
Over half of male participants believed that a woman should take her husband’s surname following marriage, compared to less than half of women (41%). The survey also found that, over a 13 year period, cohabitation has risen 2.5%, and that there was a sharp rise in the number of unmarried couples living together from 2011-2014, suggesting that couples are choosing to retain their independence.
“Playing host to many wedding receptions over the years, we are lucky enough to have witnessed many different approaches when it comes to celebrating the all important big day,” a spokesman for Bateaux commented. “It’s clear that many couple are choosing to break the mould when it comes to honouring wedding traditions. We wanted to carry out this research because we were interested to see what constitutes as traditional in today’s society.”
To see the rest of the results of the survey, visit www.bateauxlondon.com or check out the infographic below.