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Wedding Traditions to Skip 2011-04-27 02:00:22

What Wedding Traditions Would You Skip?

A sea of bridesmaids in uniform and not-quite flattering dresses is one wedding tradition I'd like to hang up. If you're trying to give your big day an original spin, there are plenty of other conventions to consider putting on the chopping block. From skipping the potentially-cheesy garter belt toss, to substituting charity donations for a registry or cupcakes for a pricey cake, eliminating standard wedding fare can help your personalities and relationship shine through. Most weddings inherently have some sort of traditional vibe — after all, if you're having a wedding, you're entering an established and mainstream institution. But if you could cut some classic components, which would they be?

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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
Since I've never, ever been drunk enough to participate in a bouquet toss, I won't be doing it at my own wedding. If I have bridesmaids, I'll let them choose their dresses. They'll be the same color, but they can choose whatever style is most flattering.
Juicylemon Juicylemon 6 years
The garter belt toss. Just watching poeple doing this makes me cringe. Throwing the bouquets to a bunch of desperate women doesn't appeal to me either. I always refused to participate in these. I prefer kissing the groom in private. I'm kinda shy ... I don't feel comfortable kissing in front of everyone at the end of the ceremony.
amber512 amber512 6 years
here are many benefits to actually get married. Besides the tax benefits (which might not be important to some people) there are the benefits of say being able to get on a spouse's health insurance if you don't have it, or if you lose it after losing a job. Family benefits, housing benefits, death benefits, medical... Definitely not a reason to rush in, but some things to consider. We skipped the bouquet and garter toss. No desire to have anyone touch my leg, thank you!
wolfpackgal wolfpackgal 6 years
I'm going to let my bridesmaids pick out their own dress. As long as they are in the same color family, I think they will look great! :)
Tara-Block Tara-Block 6 years
At our wedding we're doing a taco truck for dinner, doughnuts instead of a cake, and balloons for the bridesmaids instead of bouquets. These are just some of the ways we're nixing tradition. :)
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
garter toss, bouquet toss for sure. probably the cake, but we'll see. for sure the stupid smush cake in eachother's face thing. i hate that more than words can say.
kismekate kismekate 6 years
garter toss, bouquet toss, money dance, wedding cake (waste of money!), spending the previous night apart, not seeing each other before the ceremony, bridal party dance (apparently this is common?), staple bridesmaid dresses, corsages for mothers/grandmothers
myhousemd myhousemd 6 years
Most people in my church do a ring ceremony after the private marriage ceremony. I don't want to. I'm just gonna do a brunch reception. No first dance, no bouquet toss, none of that. Just a party where my friends and I celebrate the fact that I just started a family with the greatest guy in the world!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I'm not having a diamond as my centerstone on my ring and I'm not getting a wedding band. I'm sure there will be more but that's all the planning we've done so far! Also, not so much of a skip as an addition: I want my mother and my father to both walk me down the aisle.
doucettr doucettr 6 years
I feel like I'm going to end up at a justice of the peace, but at a cousin's wedding, I watched one very drunk male cousin put the garter on another cousin and it was scarring. It is a traumatic event and I think its so trashy. Cake face smashing is also horrible to watch.
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