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Wedding Traditions Worth Keeping and Those to Throw Out!

Updated: Mar 26

Weddings are a beautiful celebration of love, commitment, and the joining of two soul mates. They are filled with tradition and symbolism, reflecting cultural and societal values that have evolved over centuries. However, as times change and couples seek to personalize their special day, the question arises: which wedding traditions should be kept and which ones can be left behind? In this blog post, we'll explore some common wedding traditions, discussing their origins, significance, and whether they are worth keeping in the modern age.

Bride holding her vows


A Wedding Party

Having a wedding party, consisting of close friends and family members, adds a sense of togetherness and support to the wedding. We love all weddings parties - big or small, but it's important to be inclusive and adaptable. Couples can choose whoever they want to stand by their side, regardless of gender or traditional roles.

Toasts and Speeches

Speeches and toasts are an opportunity for loved ones to express their well wishes to the newlyweds, and to share stories of the couple's relationships together. While some couples may choose to forego this tradition, it remains a meaningful way to celebrate the couple's journey and future together.

First Dance/Additional Dances

The first dance symbolizes the couple's commitment to each other and serves as a beautiful, memorable moment that celebrates their love and unity. The addition of family dances such as the mother/son, or father/daughter dance, are also such a sweet touch to include relatives for a special moment.

White wedding cake with wildflowers


Throwing Rice or Confetti

The tradition of throwing rice or confetti as the newlyweds exit the ceremony has been discouraged in recent years due to environmental concerns. Couples can consider more eco-friendly alternatives like flower petals or biodegradable confetti to minimize their impact on the environment.

Garter and Bouquet Toss

The garter and bouquet toss traditions can feel outdated and uncomfortable for some guests. Couples should feel free to skip these activities if they don't resonate with their values or the atmosphere they want to create.

Traditional Gender Roles

Traditional gender roles and expectations within weddings are increasingly being challenged. Couples should feel free to break away from these roles and involve family and friends based on personal preferences rather than societal norms.

Cake Cutting

While we don't think you should toss this tradition altogether, more couples are opting to do a private cake cutting, one that isn't announced or performed in front of their guests, but instead an intimate moment to enjoy their first dessert together as spouses.

Champagne cheers

Wedding traditions are an essential part of the celebration, but they are not set in stone. Couples should feel empowered to keep, modify, or eliminate traditions based on their personal values, beliefs, and preferences.

In the end, a wedding should reflect the unique love story of the couple and the life they are building together. So, embrace the traditions that resonate with you and your partner, and don't hesitate to let go of those that no longer hold meaning in your modern love story!



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