Weddings are filled to the brim with traditions. From unity candles, to tossing a garter at the end of the night – it might seem like every piece of your wedding day is already planned for you. If that isn’t your style, or you are looking to make your wedding day a little more “you”, here are some wedding traditions you can ditch, change, or at least challenge!
You’ll find the local wedding dress boutiques asking if you want to order your dress in “traditional white” or ivory. True white can have a blue tint to it, and ivory is more complimenting to almost all skin tones. We have even have had the chance to photograph a few Brides who have had a dress with pink undertones, and we were obsessed with how it photographed.
Admittedly, this wedding tradition has been trending out for a while now, and we couldn’t be more grateful for it. While wearing a white dress, a white bouquet can easily blend in to your dress. We love when Brides bring the colors of their day into their pictures with a pop of color in their bouquet! Your pictures will really come alive!
Wedding tradition says the Bride and Groom are not to see each other prior to the ceremony, but we call bologna. That wedding tradition came from old times where the Bride and the Groom didn’t meet until they were at the altar for arranged marriages… not something we want to promote!
We have talked about First Looks before, but it’s worth reiterating. They are awesome. Not only do they give you more time to enjoy your day with your new spouse, but they also give you time to get pictures that are better in quality and quantity. There are about a million other reasons we could go on about First Looks, but you can just read our previous blog on it here.
We have to be honest, Keli and I agreed all along that there would be no cake smashing on our wedding day. Having icing up our noses, and messing up our clothes wasn’t a wedding tradition we cared to participate in. With that said, I still think it can be a lot of fun depending on the couple. Don’t feel bad about not wanting to mess up that pristine makeup, girl!
We have read somewhere once, “If the idea of your new husband taking off your undergarments and throwing them to a pack of single men is creepy to you, that is okay!” That has always stuck with us, and we have definitely noticed a decline in couple’s doing the garter/bouquet part of their reception. It can be a fun, and playful part of the evening (sometimes crass as well), but if it’s not your thing, that is totally okay!
All that matters is that you two are happy with how your wedding day goes. Don’t be afraid to participate in the wedding traditions that fit your personalities, and skip the ones that don’t! Don’t let stuffy wedding traditions stifle your style!
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