It struck me as I was writing a wedding blog post the other day that perhaps my tastes aren’t the same as the average bride and groom. Perhaps I’m a little bit too old… Maybe I should stop looking at wedding blogs and read about more real weddings. Because wedding experts, the wedding industry and it’s commentators are – well – getting on a bit.
I’d guess the average age of the top ten UK wedding bloggers is at least 30. UK wedding magazine editors… I reckon a bit older. Wedding suppliers – a massive range, from early twenties through to retirement age in all fields. Which makes all of us wedding experts an old bunch!
Wedding experts are older than brides and grooms
The average age of UK brides and grooms? We marry at 30 these days, so at least the wedding bloggers (I’ll get my coat) are the right age… just about! (Unless you consider wedding planning will be done aged 28 & 29!)
Can we really relate to brides and grooms? When we criticise trends and new ideas, are we wrong? Should we just shut the hell up and listen a bit more?
In the last week alone I’ve read comments from wedding industry insiders who don’t like:
- heads being chopped off in photos
- brides and grooms in corn fields
- outdoor weddings
- faded, vintage processing on wedding photos
- bridal inspiration shoots
- photos of just wedding shoes with legs in
- lens flare
- vintage everything
- traditional weddings
- blog-influenced weddings
Which is all well and good. We’re entitled to our own opinions. But does working in the wedding industry make us experts? Do we have any right to criticise?
Or perhaps we’re older and wiser? When we choose weddings we love to feature in magazines and on blogs, has experience taught us what’s fabulous? I think we’re getting it right, and I like to think I’m choosing fantastic weddings to share on English Wedding Blog – but one of my best friends told me this week she’d like to see more normal weddings on blogs and in magazines, so real brides and grooms could relate to them more. I think she has a good point.
I think we oldies should listen a bit more often – yes, by reading what brides and grooms share on our UK wedding blogs, but also by spending a bit more time on wedding photographers’ blogs – and seeing the trends which are really happening outside of what blogs are sharing.
I’ll admit I’m playing devil’s advocate just a tad here, but might I have a point? Are wedding industry insiders and commentators too old to dictate what wedding trends should be?!
Do we listen enough to brides and grooms?
Claire, aged 36 and-a-quarter