Blog Category - Wedding Traditions

Traditions are basically things that were a good idea (at the time) so people continue to do them. They aren't rules or laws. In the interest of having a wedding that is truly yours, you should feel free to include, ignore, or change traditional practices to suit yourselves.  Most of these posts address this aspect of wedding traditions.

The When, Why, How, and Who of the First Look

Categories: |  Wedding Traditions|
The incredibly romantic moment when a couple first locks eyes on their wedding day is a must-have photo opportunity. First look wedding photos have been topping the wedding wish lists for some time now ...    Read on...

How Many Bridesmaids is Just the Right Number?

Categories:  Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Planning | Wedding Traditions |
There is a very fine line between an appropriate number of bridesmaids (and groomsmen) and just too many, and a wide range of factors that come into play when deciding how many is the right number for your wedding ...    Read on...

Waiting for a proposal? This post is for the ladies ...

Categories:  Wedding Traditions |
Prime proposal season (Christmas-New Year) and second-most-popular-proposal-day (Valentine's Day) have been and gone. Are you still waiting for that expected proposal? The notion that the gold standard for proposals is the male proposing is not as long-standing a tradition as you might think. A growing number of women are successfully popping the question...  Read on...

Weddings are rife with bullying – and its got to stop

Categories:  Wedding Planning | Wedding Traditions |
There are many forms of common wedding bullying and it is not all about the bride bullying the bridesmaids...  Read on...

Is it OK for a guest to wear white to a wedding?

Categories:  Wedding Traditions |
The "never wear white to a wedding" rule is one of those hard and fast rules of etiquette that pretty well everyone has accepted for a very, very long time. In the 21st is this a rule that can be broken?   Read on...

On the Hidden Costs of Being "Fashionably" Late to Your Wedding

Categories: Wedding Traditions | Wedding Budget |
Being fashionably late to your wedding, is not only not a must do tradition, it can cost you, big time, in more ways that just money ...  Read on...

Tossing the Garter – Yes or No??

Categories: Wedding Rituals | Wedding Traditions |
Tossing the Garter is a wedding tradition that a growing number of couples are choosing to skip altogether for various reasons.  But skipping the embarrassing bit (the retrieval from the bride's leg) and changing up how it is tossed can add a lot of fun to the occasion while avoiding the things that can be an issue    Read on...

'You may kiss your bride' - oh yeah?  How to have the Perfect (and Perfectly Modern) Kiss (updated 04/08/2018)

Categories: Wedding Ceremony | Wedding Traditions |
As a celebrant I not only see many many wedding kisses, I also have the responsibility of prompting them. Your first kiss as a married couple will be photographed and remembered by your guests (and everyone who sees the photographs) for years and years, so it is important to plan for the perfect kiss!
Read on....

Rice, Birdseed, and Weddings (04/02/2018)

Categories: Wedding Traditions |
Rice, traditionally thrown at weddings,  is rarely seen nowadays because churches, reception venues, and local authorities usually ban the throwing of rice, along with confetti, but replacing it with birdseed is not a good idea... Read on...

Same Sex Ceremonies - Negotiating the Gendered Nature of Ceremony Traditions (09/01/2018)

Categories: Inclusive Weddings | Wedding Traditions |
Rather than assign roles, assign various customs .... Read on...

Multicultural Fusion Weddings (08/01/2018)

Categories: Wedding Ceremony Inclusive Weddings | Wedding Rituals | Wedding Traditions | Wedding Planning |
If you are an intercultural couple, how do you navigate your ceremony?  It is not uncommon to have two ceremonies.  But there is a third option - a fusion wedding ceremony that incorporates the traditions of what are important to you both ...  Read on...