While traditions still have their place in weddings, many couples are choosing to forego a few of the old standard wedding practices and are adopting their own ways of doing things.
After all, it is your day, so why not do it your way?
Here are a few of the usual wedding traditions that can easily be ditched if you’re looking to create a more modern atmosphere on your special day!
1. Creating formal seating plans
How many couples have agonised over seating plans and figuring out whom to sit with whom, all for those plans to be dashed when the guests arrive and sneakily move their own place cards to a more favourable spot?
These days, you can save yourselves the trouble and give your guests a little more wiggle room. For example, a great compromise is to assign tables to guests rather than seats. This way, it avoids confusion of where to sit, but allows each person to decide who they want to sit next to when they arrive.
2. Matching bridesmaids’ dresses
Bridesmaids’ dresses have long been something of a running joke amongst women, with the general belief being that those dresses shouldn’t be quite as beautiful as they could be, in order to let the bride shine! The fact is, bridesmaids’ dresses are often quite stunning, but it’s extremely rare for the cut and colour to perfectly suit each member of the party.
With different skin tones, hair colours, and body shapes, it’s tough to find one dress that looks good on everyone. That’s why it’s a great idea to ditch this traditional endeavour and simply find dresses that work together well. For example, each bridesmaid could wear the same or similar colours, but in styles that work best for them, or each woman could wear pastel colours and create a fun rainbow around you in the photos. You’ll be surprised at how wonderful it will look even though they’re not all perfectly matched, and everyone will be that much happier at being able to wear something that looks fantastic on them.
3. Diamond engagement rings as your ONLY option
Diamond engagement rings will always be a beautiful adornment on any ring finger, but if tradition just isn’t for you, why not consider a beautiful precious coloured gem?
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, famously wears the engagement ring of Princess Diana, a large sapphire surrounded by diamonds. This emerald cut sapphire and diamond ring offers a similar look with all the elegance and grace of a ring fit for a queen.
Hennings Jewellers carries a range of stunning coloured gemstone rings, and this gorgeous oval aquamarine and diamond halo with a split shank is just one of those that might convince you to try something a little less traditional!
4. Inviting all your parents friends
The guest list is going to be one of the biggest decisions for your wedding day, and it’s also one that will dictate a lot of the cost. One antiquated tradition is to invite many of your parents friends, as it used to be the case that it was the parents who did the invites.
These days, it’s far more important to invite those who you most want to be with you to celebrate your love and commitment. Invite the friends of your parents if you’re close with them, but don’t feel guilty about leaving them off the list if you’d rather have your own friends there instead!