A Century of Weddings: The 2000s

A Century Of Weddings: The 2000s

As the world entered the 21st century, weddings continued to feel more intimate, with couples adding personal touches in non-traditional venues. Brides carried on the 90s style of sleek, minimalist gowns while incorporating millennium-worthy trends (hello, blinged-out sashes!). Let’s take a closer look at the wedding trends of the decade!!

Wedding Trends

Join the club:

While destination weddings were still popular, couples increasingly chose to celebrate in non-denominational venues like hotels and country clubs. As a result, these atypical (at the time) venues started to offer “wedding packages” to entice future ceremonies!

Let them eat cupcakes:

As venues became less traditional, so did cakes! Or should we say…cupcakes. Towers of cupcakes became the go-to dessert for couples in the early 2000s. To allow for a traditional “cake-cutting,” couples often asked for a personal cake at the top of the tower.

According to plan:

Once thought of as a luxury most couples couldn’t afford, the popularity of wedding planners skyrocketed with the release of The Wedding Planner in 2001! (Wondering if a wedding planner is right for you? Check out our Q&A with a planning pro!)

Bridal Style

Sweet(heart) on you:

2000s brides added a touch of shine to their gowns with fabrics like taffeta and satin. While strapless gowns became increasingly popular, spaghetti straps were also favored. Sweetheart and straight necklines offered an elegant aesthetic, while blinged-out details and pick-up skirts were trendy touches. Pops of color also grew in popularity, usually in a colorful sash that echoed the bridesmaid palette!

Put a “bling” on it:

The early aughts were all about bling, bling, and more bling! Tiaras and veils with crystal details were bridal must-haves. Bedazzled headbands were an easy way to create a bohemian aesthetic with a modern edge. Another trend in accessories? Something blue!

Hair & Makeup

Set it straight:

Chunky highlights and frosted tips still reign supreme among our favorite throwback styles, along with sideswept bangs and piecey pixies. One of the hottest (no pun intended) tools of the trade in the 2000s? The straightener. Brides opted for loose updos with curly details or sleek layers topped with a veil.

Face Off:

Brides of the era often chose a wedding-day makeup look that reflected the vibe of their venue. (Glamorous hotel? Bold, dramatic eyeshadow. Seaside views? Dewy skin and a slick of lip gloss.) The recent release of Making Faces, by legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin, gave brides an in-depth knowledge of makeup that let them feel comfortable doing their own!


Say my name:

The music industry exploded in the 2000s thanks to the Internet—listeners could download their favorite songs in an instant, leading to the rise of MP3 players. Singers like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears soared to pop superstardom and R&B artists dominated the charts. Destiny’s Child launched Beyoncé’s career, while artists like Alicia Keys and J.Lo became household names. Reality singing competitions also introduced us to Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. Finally, emo and punk rock music emerged as signature sounds of the 00s.

You go, Glen Coco:

Female ensemble casts took center stage in Mean Girls (2004) and Coyote Ugly (2000), while wedding-themed classics like Wedding Crashers (2005) and Love Actually (2003) topped the box office. Some of our favorite TV weddings also happened during the decade, courtesy of The Office (2005) and Sex and The City (2008). The 2000s saw the beginning of reality TV (flashback to dial-in voting for American Idol…) and introduced long-lasting favorites like Say Yes to The Dress (2007) and The Bachelorette (2003).

Famous Couples

Jackie & Adam Sandler:

The SNL funnyman met his “forever girl” on the set of Big Daddy (1999), kicking off a love story that culminated in their 2003 wedding. The bride wore a classic A-line gown with spaghetti straps, fitting for their seaside ceremony. Fast-forward 17 years and the couple have two daughters and a plethora of movie credits between them!

Jennifer Aniston & Brad Pitt:

The golden couple of the era married in a sunny Malibu ceremony in 2000, complete with quirky vows (Jen promised to always make him his favorite banana milkshake!) and a $1 million budget. While their marriage didn’t last, the pair recently reunited on-screen for a reading of Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and made us all swoon with their sweet banter.

Beyoncé & Jay-Z:

The notably elusive couple married in 2008, with clips and photos only emerging during their On The Run tour. The ever-so-elegant bride chose a strapless gown with a pointed sweetheart neckline and asymmetrical pickups (designed by her mom!). For their 10-year vow renewal, Bey donned an allover beaded mermaid gown with billowy sleeves and an off-the-shoulder neckline…talk about a Queen B move.

And that's been the 2000s!

Onto the next decade: The 2010s.

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