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Millennial weddings

Many millennial couples create their own wedding website for guests to look at and get information about the wedding. This is a screen capture of Breann and Steve’s wedding website, created on Wordpress.
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By Isabel Braverman

Countless articles have been written about millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000). It seems they are a group who like to do things their own way, and getting married is certainly included. They are also a generation who heavily uses technology and do things the digital way. Whether you are a millennial, older, or younger, consider this your definitive guide to all things millennial weddings. Here at The River Reporter office, we have our very own millennial, Breann, who is now preparing for her fall wedding to fiancé Steve.

The Proposal

When it comes to marriage proposals, it seems that bigger is better in this day and age. By that I mean proposals are becoming extravagant: hot air balloon rides, musical numbers and flash mobs are the norm. Only in this digital age could a marriage proposal go viral (meaning someone filmed it, put it on YouTube, and it now has over millions of views). Flash mobs seem to be very popular, which is when a large group of people perform a dance to a song (“Marry Me” by Bruno Mars seems to be a popular choice) in a public space. If you want to see them for yourself, just look up on YouTube “marriage proposal.” There’s one called “Greatest Marriage Proposal EVER!!!” Warning: watching these videos may induce crying.

Steve’s proposal to Breann was quite the production. It was Easter Day, and when Breann woke up she was sent on an Easter egg hunt, opening plastic eggs to find clues inside them. There were 4,999 eggs, representing the number of days they had known each other (they met on a cruise in 1999). The last clue led to their remote control. She turned on the TV, and a video that Steve made played on the screen. It was a montage of photos of them together set to a few songs including “State Lines” by Matt Hires (the song has a special meaning to them because it’s about a couple “crossing state lines,” which they have done; Breann lived in California and he lived in New Jersey, as friends. Then when she moved to NYC, she’d commute to New Jersey on the weekends to see him, and “making up for lost times” speaks to them being friends from across the country for 10 years.) When the video was over he got down on one knee and proposed, and of course she said “yes.”

Once the proposal is over, many couples announce their engagement on Facebook. Breann said they did it only after they told close friends and family.