Posted: Aug 22, 2013 4:11 AM
Updated: Aug 22, 2013 4:12 AM
NEW YORK (AP) Older couples no longer are tying the knot in subtle ways
It used to be considered poor taste for a bride over age 55, particularly if she'd been previously married, to wear a fancy wedding gown, rock out to a DJ at the reception or have the groom slip a lacy garter belt off of her leg. But those days are gone.
The trend is being driven by the desire to emulate celebrity weddings of all ages. It's also part of a new "everything goes" approach to weddings that has older couples wanting fairytale ceremonies.
Couples age 55 and older made up just 8 percent of last year's $53 billion wedding business. But that number has doubled since 2002, according to The Wedding Report, which tracks wedding spending trends.