10 Old-School Wedding Rules You Can Ditch

Old School Wedding RulesEven if you see yourself as a truly traditional bride, there’s still probably at least one wedding ceremony upgrade in this list that you would consider.

10 Old-School Wedding Rules You Can Ditch

  1. Your wedding dress should be white. Your dress can still be white or ivory, but don’t be afraid to add a little bit of color with a sash, cardigan, pair of shoes or piece of jewelry. If you’re really feeling brave, you may even consider a champagne, blush or nude dress – these are huge right now, enhancing your ensemble with an understated uniqueness.
  2. You have to wear a long white wedding veil. Why would you want to hide your gorgeous face? Try out a chic headband, a trendy feather fascinator or a few sparkly hair clips. You may even want to just leave your hair down with nothing in it at all. Go ahead and rebel.
  3. You can only walk down the aisle to Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus.” Wouldn’t you rather have the DJ play your favorite love song or a Caribbean steel-drum melody as you walk down the aisle? Book a jazz cellist or a two-piece band to play an instrumental version of a rock song that’s special to you and your beau. There’s no shame in playing the Beatles at your ceremony!
  4. You shouldn’t see each other until the ceremony. Set up a “first look” photo shoot (you and your groom meet with only the photographer before the ceremony). This way you can spend a few precious moments with your soon-to-be spouse before all the inevitable wedding chaos begins.
  5. You should make your exit in a shower of rice. C’mon – you can get more creative than that. You can have your guests throw eco-friendly confetti, wave garland wands, or ring bells. Set out bowls of confetti, glitter, air-popped popcorn, or herbs (like lavender) for guests to shower you with. Don’t forget some cones made out of pretty paper for them to fill with their selections.
  6. Cocktail hour takes place after the ceremony and before the reception. Why not get the party started early? Now, you probably don’t want your guests to hit the hard stuff before you walk down the aisle, but there’s no harm in having a table set up at the ceremony with a few snacks, lemonade, iced tea, juice or ice water with sliced lemons, limes or cucumber.
  7. Your bridesmaids should wear matching dresses. Let your ladies’ individual personalities shine – let each one pick a dress that suits her own taste and shape, but preferably all in the same fabric or color. Or let them personalize their look with accessories like funky jewelry, boleros or patterned tights.
  8. Wedding ceremonies take place in church. If you grew up attending church and have always dreamed of walking down that aisle, then by all means, say your “I dos” in a church. Otherwise, choose a venue that’s meaningful to both you and your future spouse. It can be anywhere, from a park or a backyard to an old theater or a city loft downtown.
  9. Your accessories should be understated. Make a statement! Spice up your wedding gown with boldly colored shoes, statement necklaces or a cute bolero. If you’re worried this will distract from your gown, then keep your look simple for the ceremony and then add accessories for the reception. Let your inner diva shine on the big day!
  10. You should exchange traditional vows. It’s perfectly fine to stick with the same vows that so many have said before you. However, adding your own language can make the ceremony even more special. If you’re nervous about writing your own vows from scratch, feel free to borrow lines from your favorite songs, poems, movies or books.
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