Wedding Traditions To Skip
Since the pandemic and the advent of all sorts of different weddings from elopements, to micro weddings and mini-mony’s wedding planning has changed quite a bit. Couples are looking for different experiences and are less tied to traditions. Traditions aren’t necessarily a bad thing! We always advise couples that if there’s something they love and want to do, then do it! Your wedding is unique to you and your relationship. Whatever you decide to do, your wedding will be amazing! So what are some wedding traditions that couples are skipping these days? Read on to find out!
Waiting Until the Ceremony to See Each Other
Waiting to see each other until the ceremony was a very common tradition until only recently. Hundreds of years ago, the bride and groom were not able to see each other even at the altar! (Hence the veil). Some people still don’t believe in seeing each other until they are down the isle and that’s ok too. Some couples are choosing to skip this tradition in favor of a “First Look”. This allows you to have an intimate moment together where your emotions are only captured by your photographer and videographer. This can eliminate nerves and also give you more time to have formal photos prior to the ceremony.
Wearing white for a wedding was actually a recent fashion trend started by Queen Victoria. Although wearing white is still a popular traditions, many brides are opting for colourful and fashion-forward gowns. Even if you decide to still have a white gown or suit for your ceremony, you can opt to have something fun for the evening portion as well. Who doesn’t love a fun outfit change?!
Having a Bridal Party
Did you know that the bridal party was traditional invented as decoy’s of the bride and groom to ward of evil spirits or kidnappings? These days we don’t really need to worry about such things. Having a bridal party is a fun tradition, but if the stress of having a bridal party overwhelms you, you can totally skip this tradition! Some people are opting to have smaller bridal parties or just witnesses with “honorary members”. This takes away the stress of having to find matching or coordinating outfits, planning hair and makeup and flowers. Some couples want their friends to just kick back and have fun instead of facing the pressures of a traditional bridal party. You’ll also have some more time for your formal portraits with just the two of you.
A Bouquet and Garter Toss
The bouquet and garter toss are usually a fun addition to the reception that are quite old traditions! Catching the bouquet or the garter usually is a symbol of luck or an omen of who will be married next. Some people want to skip these traditions in favor of a more casual reception or if they don’t have single friends in attendance. Some couples also want to maintain elegance or don’t want to interrupt the party.
Flower girls are an adorable and cute tradition to wedding days. They often make cute walks down the isle throwing petals. Some couples are choosing to skip this tradition if they don’t have any children in the family or want to have a kid-free day. Children tire easily and wedding days are certainly busy events. Tired children can lead to fussing during photos and some couples prefer not to have the pressure added to kids. We have also seen flower-grannies and flower puppies as adorable alternatives!
Whatever traditions you decide to keep or ditch for your wedding – don’t feel guilty! This is your day and you have the freedom to plan the wedding of your dreams!
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