11 Ways To Break With Tradition At Your Wedding

11 Ways To Break With Tradition At Your Wedding

The most important thing to remember when planning your wedding is that this special day is completely your own and there are absolutely NO rules! That being said, you shouldn’t be afraid to break with tradition and get creative. Your wedding is a reflection of the love you and your soon-to-be share, so incorporate your unique style into the event from start to finish. If you can’t stand the bouquet toss or feel like a white wedding dress isn’t for you – then don’t worry about what’s been done before and design a day that is entirely and completely you! Here are some of the most rebellious ways to break tradition on your wedding day:

1. Switch It Up!
Timing is everything at a wedding – but feel free to change the schedule however you see fit! Try switching up the order of the dances or speeches. You may also consider having your cocktail hour before the ceremony instead of before the reception so guests will have time to chat before the “I do’s” and will then be able to focus solely on you during the ceremony!
Photo by Michelle Boyd Photography 

2. Save the Fizz: A Champagne Toast Doesn’t Have to be With Champagne
Traditionally, wedding speeches and toasts are accompanied by a little bit of bubbly. Instead of toasting with glasses of champagne, cheers to your happily-ever-after with a favorite mixed drink or bottle of beer!
Photo by Lacie Hansen

Photo by Ryan Ray Photography 

3. Expand Your Registry
Instead of registering for service for 12 or expensive kitchen gadgets – which, let’s be honest, you will probably never use – choose a more personal way for your guests to congratulate you and your spouse. Consider asking for athletic equipment if you’re more outdoorsy, contributing to a dream vacation fund, or donations to your charity of choice. Talk about a great way to spread the love!
Photo by Jose Villa 

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4. Make A Strong Statement For Color
It’s true that you can never go wrong with white, but don’t let this stop you from showing your true colors! Be bold and wear a colorful wedding gown if that reflects you who are – it’s your big day!
Dress by Galia Lahav 

Dress by Vera Wang 

5. Rock N’ Roll Down the Aisle
Have you ever envisioned strutting down a red carpet to your favorite jam? Or does the classic “Bridal Chorus” just not fit you and your fiancé’s musical tastes? Whether it be the song that was playing when you first met or another meaningful tune, take this opportunity to do something a little different.
Photo by Jessica Janae Photography

Photo by Sara & Rocky Photography 

6. Throw Away The Toss
Some may love the traditional element of the bouquet toss and some may find it down right cheesy. Whichever it may be – do as you please!

Photo by Peaches & Mint

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7. Abandon the Toast?
We all know that wedding speeches are an important part of your big day, but they often cause severe anxiety or flat-out embarrassment - especially when done poorly. To save your guests from forever remembering that one bridesmaid who might have had one-too-many drinks before her speech, simply ditch the toasts!
Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher 

8. Cut The Cake Out!
More and more couples today are swapping the traditional tiered wedding cake for other, more fun desserts. Whether it’s a macaron tower, a candy bar, over-the-top milkshakes, or even cookie shots, cake is no longer the only option!

Photo by Monica Wang Photography; Desserts by California Donut; Floral by Fleur de Rye; Event by There Is No Subject

Photo by This Love Of Yours Photography

9. Walk Down the Aisle Hand-In-Hand
Instead of walking down the aisle to meet your handsome groom – consider walking hand-in-hand into your happily ever after. This can also be a great option for same-sex marriages!
Photo by Jenelle Kappe 

10. Shape Your Reception Seating
Although there is nothing wrong with round tables at your reception – this is also a big opportunity to get creative! Align your tables in a zigzag formation, in one big circle, or perhaps even have a single banquet table that stretches down the length of your reception space. There are infinite seating styles to try!
Photo by Gia Canali Photography 

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11. Give Up the Guest Book
Choose an innovative alternative to your wedding guest book by allowing your guests to write messages in a bottle! Ask for bucket list recommendations, relationship advice, or their favorite memory of you two. Whatever you choose – make it special.
Photo by Mastin Studio 

- Stacey Schimmel & Lauren Megerdichian

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