Grooms and brides are dodging church events, research suggests

It’s a good day for a white wedding event and wedding reception, however not in a church.

Nearly 75 percent of weddings in 2014 were performed by civil servants, with religious events plummeting by a majority in the past twenty years.

Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that 57 per cent of wedding events in 1994 were performed by priests. In 2004 it was down to 41 percent and by 2014 only a quarter of all weddings were performed by ministers.

Bulldogs footballer Liam Picken married his wife Annie Nolan in Ballarat at St. Patricks Cathedral on New Year’s Eve of 2015.

Regardless of recognizing as an atheist, Ms Nolan wanted a church wedding so she could continue her family custom.

“I have to be about the 7th generation of Nolan’s to be married in a Catholic Church in Ballarat so for me knowing my forefathers once experienced a comparable big day was valuable,” Ms Nolan said.

Minister of 38 years and more than 1000 wedding events experience, Box Hill Parish Priest Father Tony Kerin said there are fewer but more fervent requests for church wedding events these days.

“Since individuals with flimsier church connections have socially appropriate options now, those who look for church services do so more intentionally now than in ages past,” Dad Kerin stated.

He thinks the lessening variety of church weddings has been influenced by a modification in the understanding of marital relationship in wider society.

Civil celebrant Sally Hughes stated more couples are concerning her for the liberty a civil event deals.

“Religious events are far more stiff and are determined by the church,” Ms Hughes said. “People desire a ceremony that is more inclusive for their visitors.”

Some of the most popular locations for civil events are beaches, Yarra Valley wedding venues, city roofing tops, art galleries and yard BBQs where the brides can get away with wearing women’s sandals on the big day.

Ms Hughes stated surprise ceremonies are ending up being progressively popular, where guests turn up in trendy women’s shoes believing they’re participating in an engagement celebration at a winery prior to the couple revealing it’s truly a wedding event.

The most bizarre wedding location was inside The Spiegeltent, total with ringmaster and cabaret artists.

 

Mildred Shaw