As we move further into the twenty-first century, wedding bells are really starting to chime for the millennial cohort. This generation is forging ahead in all sorts of areas and their independent, entrepreneurial spirit is no less on display when it comes to the planning of their wedding days. While previous generations may have been more reluctant to break from tradition, here’s how millennials are breaking new ground and claiming their wedding days as their own.

They Find Budget-Friendly Options

For the generation that came of age during a major financial crisis, there is no shame in throwing a budget-friendly bash. Millennials aren’t as worried about “keeping up with the Joneses” and are more likely to get creative when it comes to finding ways to save money. Whether it’s getting married in a friend’s backyard or getting hitched over brunch instead of a formal dinner, millennials know that you don’t need to break the bank to throw an awesome bash.

They Favour Personality Over Tradition

Rather than following every single wedding tradition down to the letter, millennials are finding ways to incorporate their unique personalities into their special days. Instead of an expensive traditional wedding cake, coffee-loving couples might opt instead for a doughnut tower or Francophiles might choose to go with a croque-en-bouche. Millennial couples are also likely to think more critically about the symbolism behind entrenched wedding traditions. These days, many young brides are choosing not to be “given away” and couples decide to make the fateful walk down the aisle together, hand in hand.

They Aren’t Afraid To Go Minimal

A lot of millennials are also embracing the current minimalism trend and incorporate that aesthetic into their wedding. Instead of buying overflowing bouquets of flowers, millennials love the elegance and class of more simple arrangements. The generation is shaving off the unnecessarily frills on their wedding days so that they and their guests can focus on what matters most.

While there is something to be said for tradition, times are changing and millennials are leading the way when it comes to new wedding trends. Are you a millennia bride? How are you claiming your wedding day as your own?