Brides tend to follow the traditional rules when it comes to a wedding. They feel like they have to follow traditions and rules that don’t necessarily apply anymore. A bride now a days can choose anything she wants regarding her dress, veil, food, ceremony and reception style. Being a traditional couple is a good thing too, you don’t have to change anything if you don’t want to. Some brides like the idea of being different and having a unique wedding with over the top decorations or a funky dress. We came across wedding traditions you can skip for your big day.
Old-School Rule: Brides Must Wear A Long, White Gown
Wear whatever you want. Most brides go with the classic all white or ivory gown, but for your wedding day anything goes. A lot of brides have put their own spin on a wedding dress and some grooms have even added to their suits, just to be different. As long as you are comfortable, whose to say you can’t spice up your look.
Old-School Rule: You Have To Wear A Long White Veil.
You don’t have to wear a veil at all! You can break away from the standard headpiece and opt for a flower crown, a chic headband, or a pretty hair clip. You also have the option to wear nothing at all, and just show off your bridal hairstyle as is.
Old-School Rule: You Can Only Have Two Wedding Colors.
Your color palette can have as many or as few colors as you want. It’s best to keep in mind that whatever colors you do choose work and mix well together.
Old-School Rule: You Should Walk Down The Aisle to Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus.”
This traditional bridal chorus is great and all, but it’s not the only option. You can have a live band play a slow version of your favorite song, or have a DJ play a somewhat upbeat tune.
Old-School Rule: The Ceremony Program Has To Be Formal.
Your program should include important information so that your guests are fully in tune to what’s going on. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun when it comes to the design. You can incorporate funky colors, a crossword puzzle game that includes words having to do with your wedding. The options are endless and your guests will love having something to do before the ceremony starts.
Old-School Rule: You Can’t See Each Other Before The Ceremony.
A lot of brides and grooms have said goodbye to this classic tradition. There is no reason why you and your soon to be husband can;t see each other before walking down the aisle. Seeing one another before everything starts can also help with pre-wedding jitters.
Old-School Rule: You Should Make Your Exit in a Shower of Rice.
Guests usually throw rice but now a days guests have been throwing and doing all sorts of things. From colorful confetti, to waving ribbons, or ringing small bells. You can even go as far to create a “toss bar.” On a table, set out a bowl of confetti, glitter, herbs (like lavender) for guests to shower you with as you make your final walk.
Old-School Rule: Your Bridesmaids Should Wear Matching Dresses.
This old tradition has been broken for a long time. It’s nice to let your girls’ individual personalities shine by having them wear a dress that suits their own taste and figure. The trick is going to be pulling off the mismatched look so that you have one cohesive element throughout each dress – like the fabric, color or length.
Old-School Rule: You Should Exchange Traditional Vows.
The traditional way to get married is in a church by a priest and have a traditional ceremony. If you’re more of a free bird who doesn’t follow the traditional rules, pick a venue that is meaningful to both of you. It can be anywhere: a park, a banquet hall, a country club, a backyard or in a tropical destination. If you’re willing to go this route, check with your officiant ahead of time to make sure they’re comfortable with marrying you outside of a religious space.
Old-School Rule: Wedding Ceremonies Take Place in Religious Institutions.
Even though there is nothing wrong with sticking to the original vows, speaking from your heart and saying how you truly feel is simply amazing. In the moment you get to express all your love for this person and it turns out to be the most authentic version of your feelings. There is no better feeling than that!
For all you upcoming brides, don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone when it comes to planning one of the biggest days of your life. It’s okay to not follow most traditions, your day will still be just as special!
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