Independence Day marks a milestone for America. It’s tradition for us to celebrate with barbecues and lighting fireworks on the 4th of July — some couples will even host a festive Americana themed wedding. Just like our American traditions, some wedding traditions are a “must-have”, but seem outdated. Find out which old traditions you should swap-out for these brand new traditions.
WEDDING RING TRADITION
New Tradition: Couples are flocking to tattoo parlors for matching wedding band tattoos, or other tattoos to symbolize their unity. This is a great way to never lose your wedding ring and show your everlasting love!
Not into having ink until “Death do you part?” Another alternative to the traditional diamond ring, is a natural stone ring. Certain natural stones are known to hold great energy, healing powers, and are very symbolic.
WEDDING DRESS MUST-BE WHITE?
New Tradition: Today’s wedding dress can be seen in a variety of colors, from hints of hues to bright, tropical colors. So don’t be afraid to make your dress match your personal style! Wedding Advice: What does your wedding gown color mean?
ENJOY THE CEREMONY
New Tradition: An unplugged wedding! We get it — mom wants that perfect photo to post on Facebook right away. Ask your guests to put away the phones/cameras… at least during the ceremony. More and more couples are practicing this notion, because they realize their wedding photographer (which they are paying for) will get better photos without friends/family getting in the way. Plus, your guest will get to feel the raw emotion of your ceremony.
PICK A SIDE VS. PICK A SEAT
New Tradition: Encourage your guests to sit wherever they want. This makes the ceremony a lot more relaxing and enjoyable for everyone. Only reserve space for immediate family.
New Tradition: Many couples are cutting down on the bridal party and opting to have a more intimate group. Save your sanity by having 1-3 close family/friends join you as you exchange your vows.
New Tradition: Couples want to live in the moment, and want their wedding photography to be authentic. Photojournalism or Lifestyle photographers are in high demand in the wedding industry, offering couples with photos that are unscripted and reflect the true nature of your wedding.
BOUQUET TOSS (OPTIONAL)?
New Tradition: Honoring love by giving the bridal bouquet to the longest married couple, or perhaps splitting up your bouquet and sharing it with the people that are closest to you.
New Tradition: Many couples are now waiting for a later date to travel for their honeymoon. A wedding can be expensive and saving money for a honeymoon, simultaneously, can be financially draining. Couples are opting to wait to save some money, so they can truly enjoy the perfect honeymoon. Expert Tip: Get a professional to help you with International travel. Ever After is a great destination wedding and honeymoon company that provides experts to help you find and book your dream getaway.
New Tradition: Let’s face it, most people go out and buy what they want. Back-in-the-day, the purpose of the registry was to help couples buy things for the house they were to live in together (since it was frowned upon to live with your fiance prior to your “I dos”). Today, couples are asking their guests to make donations towards a good cause instead of gifting them with material goods.
Some wedding traditions just stick and stay with us forever — like getting married in Las Vegas. Couples have been “tying the knot” at Chapel of the Flowers for nearly 60 years, and generations of their family continues to wed and renew vows at the historic chapel. Contact our wedding planners to start your own tradition by exchange vows at the best chapel in Vegas.