Recently, couples have been dropping wedding traditions left and right, both managing to make a more creative and personal wedding than ever before while also going back to the basics.
As such there have been many traditions that have been losing popularity, and now some of the traditions that just 10 years ago were in more than 50% of weddings are now in less than 10%.
Here are the wedding traditions that you can skip without anyone so much as batting an eyelash:
1. Large Weddings with a Large Guestlist
What originally started due to the financial constraints many couples faced has become a trend of its own. We’re talking about small guest lists and intimate venues. Many couples are now throwing smaller weddings by choice and here’s why:
- You won’t need to chaperone your guests on your special day
- You’ll be able to spend more time with those who are closest to you rather than spending only a few seconds with each guest
- The smaller wedding contributes to a more soulful and intimate feel.
2. Large Bridal Parties
Similar to the trend above, many have downsized their bridal parties as of late. While you still hear of the 12 or 15 person bridal party, it’s becoming more and more common to see small or even nonexistent bridal parties.
This is both financially easier on your close friends who will no longer need to worry about their dresses as well!
3. A Bride’s “Going Away Suit”
Some of you may not even realize this was a thing, as it has become an increasingly rare thing. For those of you who are unfamiliar, a “going away suit” is simply where the bride changes into a more comfortable outfit when leaving the wedding. It can also be applied to the groom as well.
While it would seem like it’d be popular, it’s actually quite rare to see this tradition at weddings.
4. Carrying Over the Threshold
Surprisingly, this tradition has seen a steep decline in the last decade. It’s reported that only 12% of couples still follow the tradition. It’s falling out of favor could have something to do with its not so innocent roots or just laziness.
5. Matching Bridesmaids
It has become increasingly popular to have mismatched bridesmaids and groomsmen. This originally was because one color and style may not be flattering on all body types, but has allowed couples to add more character and style to their weddings.
This trend will likely grow in popularity and become the norm along with nontraditional wedding dresses.
6. Assigned Seating
As weddings get more intimate, traditions like seating the family of the bride and groom on separate sides have quickly fallen out of favor. We see this in the popularity of the “pick a seat, not a side” signs and decorations:
7. Traditional Vows
Traditional wedding vows have also fallen out of favor. You may often see personalized vows in their place. Even wedding officiants are offering multiple options for wedding vows and examples of previously customized vows they’ve seen
It’s Your Wedding!
Ultimately, it’s your special day. Don’t feel pressured to follow (or skip) traditions based on their popularity. Instead, plan a wedding that will make you and your partner the happiest.