Globe and Mail

LATE-CENTURY WEDDINGS

Brides and grooms more opinionated

Salem Alaton
The Globe and Mail
Friday, July 9, 1999

As today's bride and groom are older and more financially independent than before, wedding planning has changed.

"Maybe 15 or 20 years ago, the bride showed up looking beautiful and it was her mother who did everything," says Karen Garscadden, partner in Up & Coming Events, a Toronto reception consultancy.

"Now, the bride and groom are older and more opinionated -- it's not just their parents' wedding in their honour."

While the groom's family usually shares the cost today, sometimes the couple is just shouldering it themselves: "They may be more financially stable than their parents," says Ms. Garscadden.

In Canada's wedding capital, Niagara Falls, Ont., Rev. Derek Rymarchuk says each year more of the marrying couples are paying their own bills and calling their own shots at his Wedding Company of Niagara.

Not only are his clients more mature these days, he adds, but a majority are coming to the altar for the second time.

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