May 6, 2020
There are so many wedding traditions. There are many that EVERYONE, including myself, does, and many that no one cares about anymore. I want to encourage each couple to only choose traditions that speak their personality + their vibe, and is something they’re really excited about. Think outside the box and don’t be afraid to do something no one else has done! Be the one to have an exceptionally unique wedding, unlike anything else your guests have seen, and in the end, it may be more special than you realize!
These are a few of my favorite wedding traditions:
- first look – I think this is my favorite tradition of all, so click the link to see why I love it so much!
- write your own vows – this is something that Lavon and I did for our ceremony, and we loved every part of it: writing and reading them! It was a sweet way to incorporate our story into the more traditional vows and now we each have a little vow booklet as a keepsake.
- wear a veil – I looooooove when my brides where veils. They seriously add so much to photos compositionally and also just make everything seem like a fairytale!
- grand exit – this was one of my favorite parts of our wedding because the hundreds of sparklers made it feel like such a perfect grand finale to such an awesome day/the perfect way to start our honeymoon!
- freeze a slice of wedding cake – this is such a sweet way to carry on the wedding day celebration to your anniversary!
- write a letter to your spouse the night before your wedding – this is something that Lavon and I did, then we read them to each other at our first look! Nothing was more special than that…nothing!
These are other great traditions that are very common! However, just because they’re common, doesn’t mean you have to do any or all of them!
- father/daughter first look – if you have a really close relationship with your dad, this is usually a tear-jerking moment! Make sure your dad is on board and that he’s excited about it too! Keep in mind that anything like this will take up precious time from your bride and groom portraits – make sure that’s really worth giving up!
- bridesmaid’s first look – this usually only works well if you haven’t shown your dress (in person or photos) to anyone besides your mom and/or sister. The only way this is a genuine, fun moment is if your dress is a total surprise! Like I said above, this takes up extra time in your schedule, so if you decide to do this, you’ll have less time with your future spouse!
- toasts – I love that every wedding includes this tradition because it’s always sweet to hear thoughtful words from the maid of honor, best man, and others!
- cake cutting – This is very common, but I’ve seen couples cut desserts other than just cake. Get creative with your favorite dessert!
- have a hashtag – some brides are so good at coming up with creative hashtags that play on their names, wedding date, etc. and I love this idea! It gives you a chance to see the photos your guests share!
- Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – this is a way to incorporate items from loved ones your life! I wore my mom’s garter that she wore for her wedding.
- garter toss + bouquet toss – this flows so smoothly with a hopping dance floor and if everyone is excited! If you do this, make sure you actually have a lot of single guys and girls to participate!