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Old School Wedding Traditions It’s Time To Farewell

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Weddings have come a long way since the days of having to stick to strict wedding etiquette and traditions. And while there’s something charming about incorporating a little tradition into your big day, there are some things that it’s totally fine to say goodbye to when you walk down the aisle.

Wearing white

Wearing white was traditionally supposed to symbolise purity. But let’s be real and assume that most couples who walk down the aisle have uh seen each other naked at some point. So why not eschew tradition and introduce a bit of colour into your day? Jessica Biel wore pink to wed Justin Timberlake; Sarah Jessica Parker wore black on her wedding day to Matthew Broderick and the one and only Elizabeth Taylor wore emerald green when she married Eddie Fischer. 

Matching outfits for the bridesmaids

Most women come in all shapes and sizes so it doesn’t entirely make sense to think that one dress is going to look flattering on all your bridesmaids. If you want some cohesion then choose a colour and have all the dresses in that shade, but don’t be afraid to have different styles. Having a mixture of gowns looks modern and fresh.

A ladies only bridal party

More and more couples are choosing to have a co-ed bridal party, because why can’t a girl have her best guy friend standing with her on her wedding day? And why can’t a guy have his sister up there with him? It’s a far more accurate reflection of most people’s social circles. At the end of the day, you should be entitled to have your favourite people standing with you regardless of their gender. 

Singling out single people

Some people are fine with it but others aren’t okay with having a spotlight shone on their singledom and being called upon to stand in front of all the guests as they try to catch the bouquet or garter. If you know said single guests will be okay with it then go ahead but if you think it might cause embarrassment to some people do you really need to do a whole bouquet throwing bit of the evening?

READ: 7 Things Your Wedding Guests Probably Won’t Miss

Sticking to a “first look” at the ceremony

One of the best parts of getting married is seeing your other half for the first time on the day, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be done at the ceremony. A “first look” is special regardless of where it happens, so some couples are choosing to do it separately and truly enjoy the moment with their fiancé before spending the rest of the day with their nearest and dearest. 

The bride’s parents pay for everything

This might sound great in theory but if you’re using someone else’s cash to pay for your wedding be prepared for them to have a say in how everything goes down too. Also, why is it always the bride’s parents that have traditionally footed this responsibility? If your parents or your fiancé’s parents are generous enough to give you a gift to put towards your big day that’s great, but the sole responsibility of paying for the entire thing shouldn’t fall on one family.

Separating everyone into the bride’s side and groom’s side at the ceremony

It’s 2019 – let people mingle! Also if one side has less people than the other side it can look unbalanced. When it comes to your ceremony instead of allocating certain people one half to sit why not let them choose? Because regardless of where they park themselves, they’re all there to see the one main attraction, right?

Farwells by Tania Gomez

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