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7 Wedding Traditions That Nobody Expects You to Follow

October 26, 2016
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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.

Weddings

Most Common Wedding Traditions

October 6, 2016
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In this modern time where the wedding trend is to try to be different, we sometimes forget the old traditions that have been passed on to us. Modern couples nowadays prefer not to conform to these common wedding traditions; they change some of it or choose to remove it totally from their wedding program.

We have listed here some of the most common traditions in a wedding, its origin and what it symbolizes. Check it out and you might decide to make your wedding special by adapting these in your own wedding.

 

Giving Away the Bride

Once upon a time when women were still considered a ‘property’, the giving away tradition is the father’s way of using his daughter as a currency to pay a debt or purchase a land or livestock. Today, this has a more heart-warming meaning – representing the parents’ blessing to the marriage. This is also very symbolic of the transition of the girl’s life from being a daughter to becoming a wife. Nowadays, some brides opt to walk with their mothers or a close relative while some choose to own this moment and walk down the aisle alone.

 

White Wedding Dress

Back in the old days, the brides usually just wear their best dress to their wedding. However when Queen Victoria got married in 1840 and wore a white dress, the tradition of “brides in white” has long since been followed. The bride’s wearing of a white dress is said to symbolize her purity that she offers to her husband. Now, most brides also use off-white or beige shade. There are also some who prefers to go for bold colors like red, purple, and even darker shades such as black.

 

Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

The expression above is one of the oldest wedding customs. It is said that the bride’s outfit must contain something old, new, borrowed and something in the shade of blue for luck. The “old” denotes the bride honoring her family and her past. “New” signifies her future. “Borrowed” symbolizes borrowed happiness. While something “blue” represents purity, love, and fidelity.

 

Dove Release

Doves are a symbol of love because they choose their mates for life – very fitting for the occasion of celebrating the couple’s life-long commitment to each other. The dove release is commonly done after the wedding ceremony. The pure white color of the doves signifies the couple’s welcoming their lives together in purity and without regrets from their past. Common alternative now to doves are butterfly and balloon release.

 

Cake Cutting

In this custom, the bride traditionally slices the cake while the groom helps her. This is seen as the first task that the couple does as husband and wife and said to signify their promise to forever provide for each other. The wedding cake also symbolizes an abundant, long lasting and a happy marriage.

 

Bouquet Toss/ Garter Toss

Towards the end of the wedding reception, the groom tosses the bride’s garter backwards for his groomsmen and some of the bachelor guests to catch. Likewise, the bride also tosses her bridal bouquet to her bridesmaids and single ladies. It is said that whoever gets the garter and the bouquet will be the next in line to get married.