A Guide to Creating Your Own Wedding Traditions

Is your dream wedding something other than the standard tradition of a white dress, church ceremony and a ride into the sunset? That’s totally a-okay! Because it’s 2019 and people have the freedom to express their love any way they choose. So, I’m here to encourage you to break free from the status quo of wedding traditions and create your own.

Why should you consider creating your own wedding traditions?

If you look into the history of weddings, you’d be surprised as to where some modern traditions came from. Like, did you know that veils were worn by the ancient Greek and Roman brides because it was thought it would protect the bride from evil spirits? Crazy, right? A lot of rituals we follow are tied to ancient traditions that we blindly follow. So why not take tradition into your own hands and create a more personalized and meaningful ceremony for your big day? You and your guests are sure to remember a unique and personal wedding better than that of the same old routine of rites and rituals.

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3 Big Ways to Personalize Your Wedding 

1. Revamp the Glass Clinking –

So here’s an interesting piece of history! It’s hypothesized that the “clink and kiss” tradition came from medieval days when wine was often spiked with poison. The clinking of glasses often represented the groom’s trust for the wedding party and its crew! Some people are uncomfortable with this tradition for a few reasons. One reason is that some people just aren’t into forced PDA and that’s okay! Nowhere does it say this tradition is mandatory for a happy and healthy marriage. So why not dispose of this tradition OR come up with new ways for your wedding guests to get you to kiss? Some people have changed the rules and have turned it into a wedding game. Check out this resource for inspiration.

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2. Two Ceremonies – 

More and more couples have been having more than one ceremony. This is a great idea for couples with families who live far away from each other or for couples who want an intimate setting to share their union but also don’t want to leave people out. I’ve seen couples who get married in a forest clearing in the morning and in a church full of their extended friends and family in the evening. No one says you have to limit the ceremonies you have, the more the merrier!

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3. Include the Things You Love – 

Did you and your future spouse meet over you love for the same book, movie or song? Don’t be shy about it! If you both love Sleepless in Seattle, why not decorate your wedding to prove it? Or include it in a fun gave of personal trivia? If you know a great instrumental version of your favorite song, walk down the aisle to it! Or if you have a musically talented friend, get them to play it for you! There are many more ways to include your favorite things on your wedding day, just get creative with it.

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And there you have it! Three big ways you can personalize your wedding. If you have any creative ideas you didn’t see included in here, give me a shout! I’d love to hear about your modern traditions.

xoxo,

EB

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