Fun Twists on Classic Wedding Traditions

Your wedding is your day, and while some traditions may be important to you and your family, others could use a bit of a modern update. There are plenty of ways to express you and your partner’s personalities in your wedding day. Check out a few of our favorites!

Opt for a different engagement ring
While diamonds are synonymous with engagement bands, you don’t have to stick with them. Maybe you want some color in your ring or there’s just another stone you like better. A non-traditional gem, like a sapphire, ruby or emerald, is the perfect way to express yourself with your ring.

Something old, something new…
You know the old saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” You’re supposed to have one item for each of these for good luck on your wedding day. Most brides have something new covered with their gown, shoes or accessories, but here are a few ways to update the other items:

Something old: Instead of family heirlooms like earrings or a veil, get a little more creative. For example, you can repurpose a piece of family jewelry into a new accessory.

Something borrowed: There are a variety of ways you can incorporate something borrowed into your wedding day. A sentimental piece of jewelry from your maid of honor or a meaningful piece of cloth stitched into your wedding dress are both perfect ways to update this tradition.

Something blue: This item often ends up being the garter, carefully hidden beneath your dress. But why not make it a little more visible? Opt for blue heels as a pop of color or a blue hairpiece.

Go beyond white
Yes, white is the traditional color for wedding gowns, and while off-whites like ivory and champagne are now more acceptable, many brides are still reluctant to go for a color. If you want to stay close to white but try something different, look for a pale pink or other muted shade that isn’t too loud but still stands out.

Change up the guestbook
Instead of a traditional book for guests to sign, do something a little different. Choose an item like a globe or piece of art that you can display in your home. Or have guests write personal notes and drop them in a glass container. A plain guestbook is something you’re likely to never look at again, while a more modern option can become a cherished keepsake.

Consider dropping the garter and bouquet tosses
Many couples find these traditional reception activities to be a little tiresome or awkward with family members present. You could eliminate the garter and bouquet tosses altogether or choose to throw something different, like a plush animal or even candy. For the bouquet, consider giving it to a family member or friend to thank them, instead of tossing it into a crowd of single women.

Leave in style
Driving off in a car or limo is a classic farewell from the bridge and groom, but why not update your departure to fit your personalities? If you love to bike, take off on a pair of bicycles—or maybe a bicycle built for two.

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