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It's Your day: A look at Wedding Traditions

Outside pressure from friends, family and wedding traditions in general tend to cause some stress for couples leading up to their wedding days. Overall, we try to tell all of our couples that there is no right or wrong way to do things. It is all about how you and your partner want to make your day come to life.

Previously, we’ve talked about traditions on our blog and we took a look at a few of them (HERE's the link to that post!). We talked about why it is ok to modify them and how you could go about it. Today we are going to take a look at a few more ways people are breaking traditions and making their wedding day special.

First look- for parents too!

First looks are becoming more and more popular now. It gives couples the chance to actually attend their cocktail hour and relieves so stress and anticipation prior to the ceremony. Brides (and grooms!) are also starting to do first looks with family members. Often brides will do one with their father and grooms with their mother. You can set it up the same way as you would a traditional first look with your partner.


Introductions can be for your whole wedding party as well as parents or….just you and your partner! Don’t feel pressured into introducing everyone. If you want to acknowledge them, the DJ can ask them to stand at their seats. With just you and your partner entering, you cut some time off the formalities. If it’s important to you that everyone enter but you still want to speed up the process, considering having the whole wedding party enter as a group.

Co-ed bridal party

It doesn’t have to be men on one side, women on the other! Mix and match and go with whatever works for you!

Cocktail reception

It is ok to ditch a sit down dinner! Often times guests find cocktail hour to be their favorite food of the evening. A cocktail reception is a good option as long as you are able to add in some heavier stations so that guests aren’t left feeling hungry. With free flowing food there’s more time for dancing!

Your Officiant

We’ve found a lot of couples recently are opting to have a friend or close family member perform their marriage

ceremony. It adds a personal touch and can be really special for the person performing the ceremony. You’ll just want to make sure they are ordained of course so that the ceremony is legal.

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