Wedding Wednesday Vol 12. Wedding Traditions we are keeping and (which we are ditching!)

Wedding Wednesday Vol. 12
Wedding Traditions we are keeping and which we are ditching!

This past weekend Nick and I were talking about the wedding and we realized how close yet so far away the big day is. We grabbed our timeline and then I realized how much we left to do! This season of our lives has been so exciting and we have really enjoyed planning and making memories together during our engagement. 
Wedding traditions vary greatly depending on who you talk to; we knew a lot of the more general traditions. When we were talking to our officiant, I knew we had some major wedding traditions to work through. I thought it would be fun to talk all about traditions for this Wedding Wednesday post!

 
Wedding Traditions we ARE keeping

NO FIRST LOOK VS. FIRST LOOK  
Traditionally, the bride and groom see each other for the first time when she walks down the aisle. In the more modern times, a first look has become a new tradition that many couples tend to do. I was kind of on the fence on if I wanted a first look or not. Would it likely help ease my nerves and it would be convenient for the wedding day timeline & photos? Yes. However, Nick and I had a conversation about it and he was just really against a first look. He told me that he wants the first time he sees me to be when the doors open and I walk down the aisle. How could I say no?!
I LOVE that this will be something that will be special to our wedding day, 
something that Nick and I really want for out BIG DAY! 
Will I probably be a crying mess?
 Definitely. 
Will seeing him and his reaction when the doors open be a moment we both remember and cherish forever? 
Absolutely.

TRADITIONAL VOWS VS. WRITTEN VOWS 
When we first got engaged I thought for sure that we would write our own vows and recite them to each other in front of our closest friends & family on our wedding day. 
I even bought us wedding vow books to write them in (cheesy I know)
 If you know me in real life, then you know I am a crier. 
When it came time to discuss if we would write our own vows or use more traditional vows we both agreed on something so unique that I'm bursting with joy to spill the beans!
 I believe going either route on your wedding day for your vows is a very personal decision and I KNOW we made the right one.
  
FIRST DANCES 
We will be doing a first dance, a brother-sister dance because my brother is walking me down the isle, and a mother-son dance! These are traditions that we know our parents will remember for years to come. To be honest, I need any and all suggestions as songs for my brother and I to dance to. 

SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, AND SOMETHING BLUE 
This is one of those traditions that I couldn’t not do because it really is so special! 
 I’m waiting to share these until after the big day, but these were so important to me.


WEDDING TRADITIONS WE ARE DITCHING!

THE UNITY CANDLE 
This was one tradition that was a hard NO for us. No offense to anyone but this was something that we didn't want, so instead we are doing something more our speed.

GARTER TOSS & BOUQUET TOSS 
 I personally don’t like the idea of singling out our single friends for this wedding tradition. Instead, we plan on spending more time with our guests and soaking in every moment with them.
  
VEIL VS. NO VEIL 
Wearing a veil is an age old tradition and one that I believe makes you a bride vs a pretty girl in a white dress. When I pictured myself as a bride, I thought I would 100% wear a veil. I'm not saying I am NOT wearing a veil so I guess you'll just have to wait and see as I haven't even found my dress yet!



I would love to hear of the wedding traditions you chose to keep or ditch on your wedding day! Thanks so much for stopping by! xo


This post is in partnership with WeddingWire. All thoughts, writing & styling are my own. 

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