3 New & Old Wedding Traditions
Weddings are full of traditions that are steeped in history. Each wedding tradition has its story and purpose in history. Some wedding traditions are worth keeping, and others can be updated. Each wedding is personalized to what your wedding vision is. I am going to look at 3 new & old wedding traditions for your wedding.
3 New Wedding traditions
- Wedding First look
Waiting to see the bride until she walks down the aisle dates back hundreds of years. Many thought it was bad luck to see the bride before the wedding. Really it was bad business for arranged marriages. The families in the arranged marriage did not want the couple to get cold feet before the deal was done.
A new tradition is the first look. The couple can have one last moment together as singles. Then they are ready to embark on all the excitement of the wedding.
- Cell phone free ceremony
Cell phones have taken over many aspects of life. But your guests can be engaged and present at your ceremony if they are free of their cell phone. Ask your guests to be present as you celebrate your ceremony by turning off their cell phones. You will all experience a better ceremony.
- Comfortable Shoes
Who would have thought that comfortable shoes would make a comeback. Uncomfortable shoes date back to the hobnailed shoes of the baroque era. Many brides sport a 4” heal under their Cinderella styled wedding gowns. It does not take long for those slippers to be lost. This results in her enchanting gown to trail through all kinds of muck and mire, not to mentions tired toes.
I love the new comfortable shoe trend. From sparkling converse tennis shoes, ballet flats, and kitten heals, comfortable shoes rule. Buried deep under your wedding gown low shoes will keep your feet happy for your whole wedding.
3 Old Wedding Traditions with a twist
- White Wedding Dress
From the dawn of time Wedding dresses were the brides favorite color. It was not until Queen Victorian that white became a popular wedding gown color. White has remained popular ever since. However, white does not look good on everyone. Current trends include complimentary colors like blush, cream, and ivory. For those bold brides’ scarlet and navy gowns rule. Remember to pick the gown that inspires you.
- Tossing the bouquet/garter
The bouquet/garter toss should become a thing of the past. This tradition has a ragged history. It used to be considered good luck to tear off a piece of the brides wedding gown. But too many exuberant guests would leave the bride in rags. To counter this the removable garter and bouquet were added. By tossing these removable accessories, the wedding couple could escape unscathed.
The modern Bouquet/Garter toss are an awkward moment for single guests. Singles are not excited to bring attention to their lack of marital status. Better to skip this awkward moment for your guests. Instead present your maid of honor or mother in law with the bouquet. Or give the garter to your best man.
- First dance
This tradition is a keeper. Today you can go beyond the traditional waltz and have a dance designed to your personality. Think about a song mashup, or something south of the border like a salsa. Planning a themed wedding? Pick a dance that fits your theme! Disney themed, then pick a princess wedding dance. Speakeasy theme? Think Charleston or swing. The sky is the limit.
3 New & Old Wedding Traditions
Something old, something new, use the traditions that work best for you. New traditions that are relevant to our times are worth adding. Updating old traditions to fit your wedding allows you to keep your connection to the past. Remember, this is your wedding. Design it to fit you.
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