Many millennials are breaking tradition when it comes to getting married. Largely, the reason is because many millennials know what they want in life, and are not afraid to say so. According to the Pew Research Center, millennials will be three times less likely to get married than their grandparents. Here are some of the trends we are currently seeing in millennials who are getting married.
They are getting married when they are ready.
Most millennials are not afraid to postpone their weddings until they are prepared financially, emotionally, and mentally. Many of them have a strong desire to focus on achieving their goals and solidifying their careers before they say “I do”. Mainly, this is because couples understand that having personal growth is important in ensuring the strength of their relationship. They also know that having a considerable financial foundation is critical in building a family.
Prenuptial agreements are common.
It’s no longer surprising to meet millennial couples who are in favor of having prenuptial agreements. Since many millennials will marry when they are financially stable, they want to protect what they have worked hard for. As a result, they would prefer to separate their assets and liabilities. There’s also the understanding that divorce can happen, and it’s up to them to protect themselves and what they own.
Millennials are all about savings.
Most millennials understand the importance of savings, and will favor DIY weddings where they can get their money’s worth. They will rarely throw big weddings, but are instead happy with intimate parties where they can have a more personal celebration with their partners and family members.
They choose their partners well.
For many millennials, marriage is about more than just love. They also have to make sure they are compatible with each other and that they can be lifelong partners. As partners, they know they have roles to play. They also factor in their shared values as strong influences in building a family.
They drive a decline in divorce.
When it comes to marriages and divorce, millennials are not afraid to work on their relationships. Since many of them marry late and while they are stable, they are expected to have fewer financial difficulties. This helps reduce the divorce rate. Many would consider living together or moving into a new city to test the waters before finally committing. In the end, they can sort out differences early on and enjoy stronger bonds with their partners.
They love sustainability.
Millennials are aware of what’s happening in the world, and they want to take an active part in helping the environment. This is why sustainability is often a large part of millennial marriages. They will favor ethical engagement rings, sustainable materials, event spaces, DIY weddings, and anything that will help reduce their contribution to climate change and carbon emissions.
In the case of millennial marriages, many of them want to have better control of their lives than their parents or grandparents did, and this includes their marriages.