Weddings were always about tradition. When my mother and grandmother’s were planning their weddings, tradition was the norm. Getting married anywhere else other than a church was frowned upon. Brides wore white gowns and carried white roses. They had wedding cakes to cut and bouquets to toss. Each tradition had been set by generations before and they didn’t change much.
But modern brides are branching out with the help of their vendors to create unique wedding traditions of their own. I found a lot of this in my wedding planning research. My husband and I knew right away that we wanted to do things a little differently. We were shaking up the traditional and going for the unique!
It helps that many vendors are willing to help collaborate with the bride’s style and desires to pull off unique touches different from our mother’s and grandmother’s. My own grandmother was a bit creative with her flowers and wanted red roses in her bouquet which was unheard of back then. She loved the idea of being different and setting her wedding a part from others.
It’s amazing what you can do to really personalize and set your wedding a part when you break traditions! Here are a few traditions you may consider breaking.
Traditions to Break:
Flowers. There is so much you can do with flowers if you find the right florist but let’s say you don’t want flowers at all. There are many alternatives for carrying flowers. Brides can carry old books or handmade handkerchiefs. I opted for flowerless centerpieces by placing old books on the tables with framed pictures of my husband and I throughout our relationship.
Getting married in a church. I was raised Catholic. My mother and mother-in-law both got married in the Catholic church. We decided not to have a church wedding and have our ceremony outside under the large oak trees of North Florida. I have nothing against church weddings but we knew we wanted a ceremony outside among nature.
Having a cake. Cakes are expensive and not many people will eat it. We opted for a mini desserts table. Little cupcakes, cookies and macaroons for each guest to try. It was a hit and saved us some money!
Photo by Steph Owens Photography