It’s a Nice Day for a Budget Wedding

Last week we took a look at how Millennials are approaching the wedding years—and how they could change the traditions of the big white celebration. Our infographic revealed that 60% say planning a wedding is too much work, and 45% say weddings today aren’t as important as they used to be. The rise of the big-budget wedding over the last few decades has made wedding planning, and major nuptial splurging a well-publicized part of Millennials formative years, and it looks like they might not be buying into the hype when it comes to planning their big day. 62% agree that weddings have become too big73% say they would rather have a small inexpensive wedding than a big expensive wedding, and a whopping 83% say that weddings today have become too expensive. It’s no wonder: In 2012, the average cost of a wedding rose to over $28,000—a hefty amount for a generation suffering from student debt and low employment, especially when 46% of them say that the couple paying for the wedding themselves is in style. The recession has made this group at least temporarily, if not permanently, budget-conscious. Though weddings won’t stop being big business anytime soon, a growing segment of young future brides and grooms are looking to more wallet-friendly options for their celebrations, and smart tuned-in brands are starting to respond. Here are some of the affordable wedding options that Millennials are beginning to tap into, from engagement to reception. 

THE RING

Fast Company  has called the traditional three-months’ salary engagement ring “a prehistoric idea“ for Millennials, who put more emphasis on having luxury experiences than owning luxury goods. Qualitatively, we see that more Millennials are turning towards vintage rings to cut costs. Another developing trend is the understated engagement…

 
 

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The Newsfeed

“I honestly wouldn't like to communicate with brands, unless it is to solve problems their brand is causing.”—Female, 27, MI

Why don’t people seem to care as much about fake followers on Instagram as on other platforms? Because while Facebook and Twitter are bashed for feeds full of fake news, no one holds Instagram to the same standard. The image-centric platform is inherently “a hyperreality,” where no one’s candid shot is truly spontaneous, and photo-shop freely fills feeds. Where does it get tricky? With Influencers, who are expected to garner true engagements for brands. (Real Life)

Influencer marketing faced another tricky situation this week when PopSugar replaced influencers’ affiliate links with their own. RewardStyle and its Instagram product LikeToKnow.it’s network of content creators’ photos and sometimes entire feeds “were copied to the site via “thousands of ‘falsified vanity pages’ containing millions of images belonging to the network’s content creators.” The group is planning on seeking a class-action lawsuit on their intellectual property and for the lost revenue that PopSugar made each time a customer clicked to purchase. (Racked)

Colleges are giving out more merit-based aid to win over top students. Tuition discount rates have risen to a record 49.1% for first-time, full-time freshman attending private universities, up over 10% from ten years prior—according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers. By using data-driven analysis to calculate just how much aid is likely to lure a top student in, colleges are seeing success upping their prestige. However, the practice has also “created a closing of the doors for low-income students,” according to one policy analyst. (WSJ)

Apple is betting that young consumers could bring back magazines via a magazine subscription service. The tech company took a gamble by buying Texture, a subscription service for over 200 titles that’s been dubbed the “Netflix of Magazine Publishing.” The app aggregates articles into a single browsing experience, rather than being separated by title, and pays the included publications. Apple has announced plans to integrate the service into their Apple News app, the latest incarnation of their less-than-successful Newsstand app. (Bloomberg)

Function of Beauty is customizing hair care, blending up shampoo and conditioner for each customer based off a five-question quiz. Beauty companies big and small have hopped on the Customization Nation trend, and Function of Beauty takes that to the next level with their hyper-personalized hair care set. They're customizing everything from the fragrance to the chemical components, and even going so far as to print the purchaser’s name on each product. The founder explains, "Every single person is unique and different...why negate that instead of catering to it?" (Paper)

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