Wedding Traditions: Do You Have to Follow Them?

Wedding traditions….you know the drill. Walking down the aisle to Canon in D major, throwing the bouquet at the reception, have the garter belt removed… need I continue?

Some people think this is a necessary part of the wedding while others want to forgo these traditions, and find them overdone and a bit tacky.

There are many brides that dream about a classic fairytale wedding and the traditions that go hand-in-hand with it. The veil over the face when walking down the aisle in a church, the throwing of rice or confetti, wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. A white wedding dress symbolizes purity and is traditionally the color of choice. Much time may be spent choosing the perfect wedding cake and ensuring a picture is taken when the bride and groom feed each other the first slice.

Though many brides still choose a more conventional wedding, today you will see a new generation of brides that are more likely to forgo these traditions. More weddings are being held outside of the church. Wedding dresses occasionally have colored sashes and some brides even avoid white or ivory entirely. Veils are being replaced by hair flowers and tiaras. The dresses are becoming sexier and more revealing. Some couples don’t even purchase a wedding cake. The reception starts and no throwing of the bouquet or removal of a garter belt is even incorporated in the evening’s program.

Whether you decide on a conventional or modern wedding, just know that they are both completely acceptable. The wedding guests are not going to question why the bouquet was not thrown or where the wedding cake is. If someone was still confused about which to choose, I would suggest a tasteful mix of classic elegance with a modern twist – something different and exciting that your guests will remember.

Regardless of wedding tradition itself, in the end all that really matters is the love the bride and groom share with each other.

About the Author:

Diane Lynn Thomas,

Diane has been in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, specializing in event planning and delivering the perfect wedding for the last fifteen in Canada. Planning everything from the most intimate affair to extravagant productions with unlimited budgets! Find more great wedding tips and advice, new ideas, cool trends and more at

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