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In this day and age, do wedding traditions still matter?
Well, that depends on who you are as a person. Traditions are in place as long-established beliefs of the way things “should” be, but that doesn’t mean they apply to you and your wedding.
In today’s modern weddings, almost anything goes (almost) and you can certainly put your own twist on traditions. Here are a few wedding traditions that you can consider cutting out:
Wedding traditions you don’t have to include — wedding planning Calgary
1. Having equal number of attendants (aka bridesmaids and groomsmen)
Why do you they have to match? It’s not like your bridesmaids and groomsmen have specific duties that they must do together for your wedding. And your bridal party photos will look so much more relaxed and not overly posed. At worst, one groomsman walks back up the aisle at the end of your ceremony with a bridesmaid on each arm. Sounds like he could have worse problems!
2. Having attendants at all
Crazy, right? But if Emily can do it, why can’t you? Not having any attendants makes the ceremony very personal between you and your groom (I swear, people will not think that you just don’t have any friends). This is especially nice if you can’t decide on who should be your attendants…and this might even make your friends/family happy if they don’t have an endless list of official attendant duties.
3. The Signing of the Registry photo
The Signing of the Registry is the part of your wedding ceremony when you sign the legal marriage documents. Traditionally, most people look straight at the camera and smile, fakely. This photo is very posed — very “grad photo” and certainly not realistic.
For a more modern take, try not looking at the camera. Don’t pause, pose with a pen and smile. Don’t even think about what the photographer is capturing because you should be in the moment and grinning at your new husband/wife. Trust me, you will be much happier with the candid photo than the forced, “oh, this is a wedding moment” photo.
4. A guestbook
Gone are the days where you have someone sitting at a table greeting you and asking you to sign your name in a book at a wedding. While I think it is a lovely gesture to have a host at the doors to greet guests at your ceremony and/or reception, signing a book is passé. What are you going to do with a book of signatures afterwards?
If you must have a keepsake from your wedding, you can always have guests write you a short message or well wishes. This envelope idea works well if you want to read these later on at the post-wedding brunch or on your own.
Join me later this week as I finish up this list of traditions that you don’t have to keep for your wedding!
What are some traditions you are choosing to skip? Or keep?
Who isn’t a fan of Baz Luhrmann’s work (Moulin Rouge is one of my favourite movies)? He has an extraordinary vision for capturing decadence and it is absolutely magical to watch on film.
Everyone is buzzing about The Great Gatsby, and I’m right there with everyone else. The soundtrack, alone, sounds amazing, not to mention the costume and set design.
As movies can shape trends, Great Gatsby is definitely showing its influence. “Vintage” is still a trend in weddings, but I’m seeing it move away from the more “shabby-chic” or “kitschy” look and towards this elegance of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau era. And I am loving it!
I put together an inspiration board to show you what I see for a Great Gatsby-inspired wedding.
A Great Gatsby wedding – Calgary wedding planner + designer
For me, it’s all about Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of The Great Gatsby. There have been several weddings with an Art Deco-feel, but the glamour of Luhrmann’s is where my heart lies.
I am influenced by the rich colours of emerald, navy and blues + opulent gold and crystal…and a hit of pink from the ladies.
So gorgeous. I think this is very versatile too — you can make it really glam with the rich colours (that I have used) or just have little hints of inspiration by using the Deco fonts and gold foil accents.
And, just for fun, here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet!
I was watching Sex and the City while running on the treadmill the other day, when I caught something interesting.
As you know from this post, I gravitate towards love quotes from the most random movies/shows.
This is the SATC episode where Charlotte and Harry get married (Season 6 – The Catch), and something Carrie says really spoke to me.
Charlotte, of course, was worried about every detail during her wedding. Things went hilariously wrong, but the panic I saw in Charlotte was something I recognize in brides on their wedding day. The obsession in details and having the “perfect” day overshadowed the joy of her wedding celebration.
Don’t miss out on your wedding day – Wedding planner Calgary (via Carrie Bradshaw)
The most poignant scene during Charlotte and Harry’s wedding took place in the washroom where Carrie and Charlotte have this conversation (start at 2:14 mark — FYI, could be NSFW!):
Carrie: “You just got married.”
Charlotte: “I know but I wanted everything to be perfect.”
Carrie: “Okay, you have to stop with the tears. You already had the perfect wedding and the marriage…not so perfect.” [referring to Charlotte's first marriage]. You know I think this is a good sign. I think the worse the wedding, the better the marriage!”
Charlotte: “I have a stain on my dress.”
Carrie: “That’s good! That’s a good sign.”
Charlotte: “You’re just trying to make me feel better.”
Carrie: “No, I’m trying to get you to open your eyes because you’re missing it.”
Carrie: “Everything. You’re missing your wedding. You have a wonderful man who loves you, who will be there to catch you when you fall. Do you know how special that is? I would love to find a man who’s strong enough to catch me. So, let’s get to that reception so you can fall in a cake or something.”
Brides, this cannot be more true.
Do you know how lucky you are? You’re getting married! You are declaring to the world that you want to spend the rest of your life with another person and celebrating with your favourite people.
But of course, staying focused on this is easier said than done. Most brides are thinking about the million+ things involved in the wedding day, and it’s natural to be concerned.
That’s why you need to join me next week as I share some tips on how not to miss out on your own wedding. Until next time…
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