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When was the last time that you went to a church wedding? I know that for me, personally, it’s been a really long time. Even my floral shop, Table Tops, Etc. has seen a huge decline in church weddings the last few years! On average, we usually design around 80 to 100 events per year; but in the last few years, only about 10 of those events have been church weddings. So, why are couples moving away from churches? Are you deciding if you want a church wedding or not? Read more below and see if we can help you decide!

In 2017, religious congregations only hosted about 22% of weddings; losing to outdoor weddings, barns, ranches, wineries, museums and rooftops. A good portion of wedding ceremonies that opt out of the church setting are being officiated by non-religious persons. Civil magistrates or family and friends who’ve obtained the proper credentials have been asked to solemnize the event.

Photo Credit Steele Photography | Ceremony at Oregon’s Laurel Ridge Winery

In the past few years, I have noticed a definite change in wedding trends. So after doing a bit of research I found that it was reported in 2016 that only 26 percent of couples in America had their wedding ceremony in a church setting. Per The Knot’s survey evidence, that is about 41 percent down from 2009. Being an Arizonan, I think that this has a lot to do with our nice weather 8 months of the year. Couples are finding that they would much prefer to conduct their ceremonial wedding vows in the great outdoors than be inside a church.

Photo Credit Benjamin Clifford Photography | Ceremony at The Arizona Grand Resort

So, in retrospect, it’s incredibly important for each couple to choose what is best for their individual relationship and walk of life. If your decision leads you to our stunning nature, all we hope for is that your wedding day is the most amazing you could’ve ever imagined!

Photo Credit Luna Bear Studios | Outlaw Golf Course at Desert Mountain

Are you ready to start planning the florals for your event? Email me and let’s get started!

Melissa@tabletopsetc.net