Whether you choose to participate in wedding traditions depends on you and your fiancé, no one else. Traditions can often feel confining for couples that feel pressured by friends and family. If you are choosing to follow any wedding traditions, consider the following.
What does it mean to you?
Some traditions may hold a sense of importance to you as it allows you to incorporate heirlooms or parts of those important to you in your special day. Perhaps superstitious brides or grooms may feel comforted by the good fortune often associated with these traditions. Or maybe you’ve dreamed of your wedding for so long that these traditions have become ingrained in how you imagined your wedding day. Traditions may also play an important role in your culture or religion.
Are you comfortable with doing this in front of your guests?
Some traditions, particularly first dances and garter removals, can feel embarrassing or invasive. Any and all traditions are optional. If you don’t foresee yourself enjoying participating in a tradition on your wedding day, discuss it with your fiancé and adjust accordingly. Your wedding day is not a day to fulfill social or familial expectations, it is a day to celebrate you and your fiancé.
What does this tradition add to your day?
Think about your emotions and the pacing of your wedding day. In terms of emotions, will this tradition only really add stress or embarrassment? Or will it add amusement and create fond memories? In terms of pacing for your day, consider how long you have your venue and entertainment when choosing the traditions you’d like to incorporate. You should ensure that you aren’t over scheduling your day because it will fly by!
Last but not least, do not be afraid to do things that aren’t traditional. If it speaks to you, your fiancé, or your relationship and would bring you joy, do it! What makes weddings memorable is how they stand apart from one another, so don’t shy away from untraditional ideas.
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