Weddings today aren’t as traditional as they once were. This is great as it lets you as a couple decide what you want to include or not include in your wedding. If something doesn’t suit you as a couple then you don’t ‘have to’ do it.
Wait Till The Ceremony For The First Look
Having a whole crowd of people watching you as you both see each other for the first time on your wedding day can be a bit overwhelming. If you’d prefer a more quite space to see each other first and actually be able to talk beforehand, then you may want to consider doing a first look before the ceremony. This gives you time with just the two of you (and your photographer if you want it photographed) to see each other and bask in the moment privately.
Family Sides At The Wedding Ceremony
Tradition used to be that there were two sides for seating guests at the wedding ceremony; the bride’s side and the groom’s side. For friends that are close to both the bride and groom this can make it difficult to choose which side to sit on. The solution to all of this is to not have sides and let your guests know this. This allows your guests to sit freely and also to get to know one another as well.
An Even Number In Your Wedding Party
Tradition again used to be that you had to have equal number of bridesmaids to groomsmen. Again you don’t have to follow this tradition if you don’t want to. You want the key people in your life to stand up there with you at your wedding, so don’t feel like you have to add or subtract people just to make everything match.
Write Your Own Vows
Writing your own vows is becoming a more popular trend lately. While it can add a personal touch to your wedding, it can also be very hard to figure out what to say and how to say it so beautifully. If you have your heart set on writing your own vows there are lots of templates you can find online to help, but don’t feel like you have to just because it seems like everyone else is.
Have A Receiving Line
Receiving lines are great for making sure you’ve said hi and greeted all of your guests, but sometimes (especially with large weddings) there just isn’t enough time in the day for a receiving line. A great alternative is to mix and mingle during the cocktail hour, dinner, and reception.
Bouquet & Garter Toss
If bouquet and/or garter tosses arent’t your thing, then feel free to skip this old tradition! I’m sure there are plenty of people who won’t miss it and will enjoy the extra dancing.
In the end don’t have the wedding you think you’re supposed to have, have the wedding you and your fiancé want. Also don’t freak out about the smaller details. It’s not what people will remember nor will it matter years from now.