Today’s engaged couples are not meeting their partners on Tinder, will probably use a hashtag at their wedding, probably won’t opt for pre-marriage counselling and think Australia should recognise same-sex unions and embrace marriage equality.

These are the findings from the inaugural survey of more than 1000 people by Australia’s largest wedding fair One Fine Day.

Marriage equality

95% of respondents agreed with marriage equality, regardless of faith, party, race or sexuality and believe civil unions aren’t a substitute for marriage equality.

Religion

Religious ceremonies are becoming less important to engaged couples in Australia, with 58% stating they don’t feel they need to mark their commitment with religious formality.

Meeting your partner

If you thought that meeting The One on a dating website or app like RSVP or Tinder was the way to go, think again. Just 7% of survey respondents met this way. Almost 40% met the old-fashioned way of meeting through friends. Even meeting in a bar is more successful at ending with a walk down the aisle, with 14% of respondents confirming they met their other half this way.

Social media

Technology isn’t completely out, with couples increasingly creating individual hashtags for guests to use on their big day – 95% of respondents confirmed they are ok for social media to use in some capacity on the day.  40% said guests could use it at the reception, but not the ceremony, 30% said social media could be used within provided guidelines and 25% said their guests could “go crazy”.

Prenuptial agreements

Modern engaged couples also largely see prenuptial agreements as no big deal. 60% of respondents said they are okay with them, with 40% saying they had no issue at all and 20% saying they would be happy to consider one. Just 20% of respondents still consider prenups to be insulting.

Pre-marriage counseling

Only 16% of respondents considered pre-marriage counseling or advice to be a priority. A further 15% said their marriage preparation would come in the form of a “marriage preparation course” with a priest or minister, while 23% said talking with parents or mentors about the secrets of successful marriage was enough.  40% of survey respondents said they would not seek out any pre-marriage counseling or advice.

Wedding costs

When it comes to how much people are willing to spend on their wedding,  28% of respondents said they are prepared to spend between $30k-$40k, and a further 28% are prepared to spend $20k-$30k. Big budget, lavish weddings with a budget of $70k or over were being considered by just 3% of respondents.

The father-of-the-bride rarely pays for the wedding in the modern era, with less than 2% of respondents agreeing that he should pay for the entire wedding. The preference for the wedding costs to be split between both couples’ parents and the couple themselves was favoured by 43% of respondents, while 37% stated the couple should cover the costs themselves.

Honeymoons

As for honeymoons, longer getaways of 2-3 weeks were the most popular choice with 51% going away for this amount of time. No expense spared but shorter trips was next most popular with 20% of respondents selecting this.

Europe took out the prize for being the leading destination for an ideal honeymoon followed by 39 % of respondents choosing a tropical beach holiday for a honeymoon destination and 13% selecting an adventure honeymoon including hiking, safaris or scuba diving.

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