Some wedding traditions stand the test of time – and for good reason. These are the ones I’m happy I didn’t skimp out on.
Here I am, still dreaming about my wedding day – 4 years later.
My wedding day is an event I think about frequently. Sure, now that we’re approaching our four-year anniversary, there are things that Joe and I would would have probably done differently – as our tastes have evolved over the years, like most people. Now and then, we talk about the “what if’s,” but we both agree that our wedding day was perfect the way it was – a true reflection of our relationship.
I had done most of the planning for our wedding, and I realized that I have a knack for throwing parties (particularly big bashes, just like Leo’s first birthday). For our wedding, I had aimed for a hybrid style, tying in both modern and traditional details – because it’s all about balance, right?!
Of course, to honour the conventional side of things, I was careful in choosing what wedding traditions I wanted to move forward with.
The modern bride may want to skimp out on certain “old style” practices. After getting married, I was happy I stuck to certain wedding traditions. Here are the ones I think you shouldn’t skimp out on:
5 Wedding Traditions You Won’t Want to Skip
I know it goes with the rhyme: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” I feel like many brides stress about fulfilling all of these requirements (and, a piece of advice ladies: no stress for the big day – all of this planning should be fun!). I decided to go for the whole “sha-bang” but if you’d rather not, I still think that the “something blue” aspect is lots of fun. It allows you to add some colour in your bridal wardrobe – which is always a plus!
Announcing the Wedding Party
Traditionally, a bridal party exists to help the bride and groom prep for their special day. I love it when DJs announce each member of the bridal party before introducing the newlyweds. It’s a great wedding tradition to commemorate those special friends and family members who helped with planning and organizing.
Personally, I am so happy that I opted for a veil as my headpiece of choice. I think it really radiates the “bridal look” and ties everything together.
Throwing the Bouquet
This is where me and my gals had tons of fun at my wedding. One of my bridesmaids was psyching herself up for my bouquet toss – and I don’t blame her. While tradition dictates that that the person who catches the bouquet will be the “next to get married,” I think the toss is just a fun way to get everyone on their feet and share some giggles.
I am enormously proud of the wedding cake we had. It had multiple tiers of red velvet cake, covered in fondant, decorated with gum-paste sampaguitas (the national Filipino flower) and blue macarons. We opted to save the top tier and freeze it until our one-year anniversary, and it was a totally sweet way to celebrate one of our first milestones as a married couple.
What wedding traditions did you move forward with on your special day? For brides-to-be, what traditions are you excited about?
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