A wedding these days can be anything and everything you want it to be. If you are not a traditionalist or have an idea you really love, you can personalize your wedding and forego just about every tradition there is and while you are at it, create some new traditions of your own.
Gone are the days when wedding dresses are pure white. Trending now is champagne, blush and nude. If you still prefer a white or ivory dress mix in a splash of bright colour either as part of your dress, a sash or a pair of shoes.
Unless your veil has sentimental reasons, there is no reason why you need to wear a long white veil. Be different and wear a feather fascinator, a stylish headband or some gorgeous sparkly clips. An alternative is to leave your hair completely natural and just be your beautiful self!
Go mad – you can have as few or as many colours as you want to! The trick is to make sure they all work well together.
Personalize your ceremony
Blending wedding traditions between the bride & groom is what makes your wedding day uniquely yours. Look at ways you can personalize your ceremony to include ideas that have meaning to you both.
Walk down the aisle to your favourite love song or hire a cellist or small 2 piece band to play a rock song that you both love.
Instead of a formal program, add some fun facts about your relationship, turn your program into a dual fan if your ceremony is in the midst of summer or even add a game or quiz to the program that guests can play whilst waiting for the ceremony to begin.
“First look” photo shoot
Schedule a photo shoot before the ceremony – it will give you some precious time with your groom before the wedding craziness begins, you save more time to enjoy with your guests after the ceremony and your hair & make-up will be freshly done and perfect!
Instead of rice (very traditional), use eco-friendly confetti, flower petals, herbs (lavender is a good one) or glitter! Provide tossing cones made out of gorgeous paper.
If your best friend in the world is a guy or your fiancé’s is a girl, ask them to be a bridesman or groomswoman.
Nothing starts a celebration off better than a lovely cocktail or a cold refreshing iced-tea for your guests to enjoy whilst they are waiting for the ceremony to get started.
Let your bridesmaid’s choose a style of dress that suits their individuality. You can always select the same fabric or colour for each dress or let them accessorize their dresses to their own style.
Walking down the aisle
It’s perfectly acceptable to ask a friend, sibling or your mom to walk you down the aisle too.
Most couples have many shared friends. Instead of splitting the seating into two sides, create a circle around the alter keeping everyone together.
Decorate your alter space so that it reflects your overall wedding style. You can use a chandelier, flowers garlands, draping or even bunting depending on your overall style.
Make a statement with a beautiful bold necklace, stunning brightly coloured shoes (Jimmy Choo’s will do the trick!) or even a gorgeous bolero.
Instead of reciting traditional vows, write your own vows – these will have so much more meaning!
Mix up your bridesmaids bouquets with different flowers to reflect their individual styles or depending on your wedding colours, let each bridesmaid carry a bouquet in one signature colour. Have fun with flowers & colours.
Instead of carrying flowers, have your bouquet made out of brooches and special items from members of your family. Not only will your bouquet be entirely unique, but you will also have something sentimental you can pass onto your children.
Hold your ceremony somewhere that has special meaning to you both.
Forego the wedding cake
Instead of a traditional wedding cake, have a candy table with all sorts of yummy sweets and treats that you both love.
For a really personalized wedding favour – if you have the time, buy or make individual gifts for your wedding guests that have special meaning to your relationship with them.
Provide sparklers, helium balloons or lanterns for your guests to send you off in style.
Print a large A2 photo from your engagement shoot or even just a picture you love, have it mounted on white board and ask your guests to write a special message to you both around the photo. Frame it and you will always have your messages on display.