Planning a wedding can be massively overwhelming. Everywhere you look there are rules and traditions you’re expected to stick to, but what if you don’t want to? Weddings are made to be personalised and rules are meant to be broken, so here are my seven wedding traditions you can do without.
1. The Wedding March
Duh, duh, duh-duh… we’re all familiar with the traditional Wedding March piece of music. Instead, why not surprise your guests by walking down the aisle to something a bit different or a song that means something to you as a couple?
2. Fruit cake
I was personally against having a marzi-gag covered fruit cake (yuck) for our big day, so we went for a mega milk and white chocolate creation instead. More and more couples are thinking about cake alternatives such as cheese wheels, doughnuts or a croquembouche tower to name a few.
Would you notice if you went to a wedding and didn’t get a favour? Probably not. If guests don’t think about the favours, then you shouldn’t either. Save a couple of hundred pounds and spend it on something else.
4. Spending the night before, apart
If you’re getting married, you can assume that you’ve been together for a while and possibly live together too. Why spend a night apart when you would normally be together? The night before your wedding is so exciting, you should share it with each other. Plus if you’re feeling a bit nervous, you’ll be with the best person to calm your nerves.
5. Throwing the bouquet
After you’ve spent £60 on a bunch of flowers, the last thing you’re going to want to do is throw them around! Why not give them to someone as a thank you gift? They would be chuffed to bits and can enjoy them after the day is over.
6. Receiving line
You want to be able to create a relaxed atmosphere to mingle and speak to your guests as you like, not as a formal production line.
7. A top long table
If you don’t want to, you don’t have to have a traditional long top table with various family members lined up male, female, male, female. Plus, it isn’t the best option if mums and dads are divorced. Instead you could go for a round table, filled with friends or even a small table for just the two of you so you get a chance to talk and enjoy your first meal and Mr and Mrs.
What are the wedding traditions you did without? Have you got any to add?