Here at Petrichor Planning, we love the creative process of wedding planning. We believe that no two weddings should be alike, which is why we tailor each big day to suit the tastes of each individual couple. Sometimes, brides and grooms feel pressured to conform to certain wedding traditions that simply don’t resonate with them.

Your wedding ceremony is your big day, and you can absolutely do away with any wedding traditions that cramp your style. After all, rules are made to be broken! Here are some wedding traditions you can do away with if you so desire:

Traditional Bridal and Groom Parties

Back in the day, weddings usually included an equal number of bridesmaids and groomsmen wearing matching attire. Today’s bridal and broom parties are as varied as you can imagine. In fact, you don’t even have to have bridesmaids or groomsmen if you prefer a smaller, more intimate ceremony.

If you have close friends of both genders, feel free to include them in your party. If you have bridesmaids, you don’t have to deck them all out in the exact same dress. Let’s face it; the same dress is not flattering for all shapes and sizes, so let them pick a dress that hugs their curves just right. Maybe they could wear the same color to tie their look together or they could wear several different hues as a colorful twist.

Being Given Away By Your Father

For a variety of different reasons, some brides may not be able to walk down the aisle on their father’s arm, and that’s okay. Some women may find the practice of being given away archaic and choose someone else to walk them down the aisle or simply traverse the aisle solo. Would you like to walk down the aisle with your brother or mom instead? Go for it!

Traditional Vows

If traditional wedding vows aren’t really your thing, feel free to write your own. Don’t be afraid to share a personal story or inject humor into your vows. Personalized wedding vows are unforgettable and heartwarming, so stretch your creative and storytelling muscles when writing your “I do’s.”

Walking Down the Aisle to Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus”

It’s your wedding, so you can walk down the aisle to any tune of your choosing. You could have a classical guitarist strum away as you make your way to the altar or simply play your favorite pop song.  

Wearing a White Dress

Don’t want to wear white? Countless brides, including Jessica Biel, Elizabeth Taylor (in some of her weddings), Anne Hathaway and Amber Tamblyn opted for colorful wedding dresses instead.

Are dresses not really your thing? Why not wear a suit instead? When Bianca Jagger exchanged vows with Mick Jagger, people couldn’t stop talking about her show-stopping skirt suit.

Throwing a Bouquet

Tossing a bouquet can be loads of fun, but it’s not for everyone. Do you suspect that your happily single friends may purposefully throw themselves out of the bouquet’s path? Maybe you can forgo bouquet throwing or garter tossing for other fun games instead.

When coordinating your wedding, the sky’s the limit! Our Colorado wedding planners at Petrichor Planning would love to create the big day you’ve always dreamed about. Your wedding day is about you and your partner, and your ceremony needs to reflect your unique style. Contact our wedding organizers today to get started.

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