What comes to mind when you think of a wedding? From puffy white dresses to formal dinners and more, wedding ceremonies have been relatively standard for decades. However, some of the classic wedding traditions our parents and grandparents abided by are being left behind and replaced with more personal, custom ceremonies.
Five wedding traditions you can skip altogether or make your own include:
The Required Registry
Let’s face it, your house is already full and you really do not need another set of silverware. Instead of registering at only home goods stores, get creative with your wedding registry by giving guests the option of paying for different honeymoon experiences, or even making a donation to a favorite charity in your name.
The Pre-Determined Seating
Your wedding is all about joining together your life with your partner, so make sure your ceremony seating reflects that. Give special preference near the front to your close family members, of course, but have your other guests fill in on either side – whether they are there for the groom or bride.
The Conventional Rings
Gone are the days of traditional diamond Engagement Rings and simple Gold Bands. Make your ceremony unique by opting for custom Wedding Rings, like those engraved with each other’s fingerprints, initials, or the date you tied the knot.
The Classic Cake
While, yes, the cake is often the centerpiece of the wedding reception, don’t feel pressured to have one. Whether you simply don’t like it or just want something a little more unique, you can swap the traditional wedding cake for anything your taste buds desire – apple pie, chocolate covered strawberries, etc. – the list of possibilities is just as endless as it is delicious.
The Rice-Covered Exit
Sure, your grand exit as the new Mr. & Mrs. is a big deal, but that doesn’t mean you have to be pelted by rice on your way to the honeymoon. Instead of traditional rice send-offs, choose something meaningful to you for the guests to hold, like confetti, lavender, or even sparklers.
Whether you opt for a classic ceremony like what your parents had or decide to have one that’s a little more out-of-the-box, adding custom touches to your wedding is a great way to show off your personality. From engraved Rings to the types of desserts you share and everything in-between, your wedding should reflect your personal style – no matter what tradition says.