5 Wedding Traditions to Keep

If you've been reading this blog for long, you know that when it comes to weddings, I often prefer the non-traditional way of doing things. I've blogged about wedding "rules" to breakfirst looks, wedding cake alternatives, unity candle alternatives, and so many other non-traditional topics. But there are actually a few traditions that I still really love. We don't see many brides doing a few of these much anymore, so when we do, it's really special! Here are some traditions that, in my opinion, are worth keeping. 

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. This tradition isn't particularly meaningful or sentimental, but it sure is fun! (And actually, it could be very sentimental based on the items you choose to wear or carry.) Brides often forget to pick their somethings old, new, borrowed and blue, but this tradition shouldn't be left out. What you choose to wear or carry makes for a lovely photo, and you'll always associate them with your wedding day! Did you know the saying actually goes "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe"? Bonus points if you track down a sixpence and wear it in your shoe, tied to your bouquet, etc.! 

The veil. Even brides who do wear veils don't typically follow the entire veil tradition these days. Traditionally, a bride wore her veil over her face until either her father pulls it back when he gives her away, or her groom pulls it back once they are pronounced husband and wife. I realize how old-fashioned this is, but it's just such a beautiful symbol as a couple begins a new life together! 

Tossing the bouquet and garter. Most couples still do these, thankfully. I'm not sure why, but they're so much better to me than a silly game played by the bride and groom in front of everyone at their reception! Games for the bride and groom often feel like too much of a performance, but a classic garter and bouquet toss involve more folks and are just plain fun. And they can be a little intense, which makes them even more fun to watch. ;)

Allison Harp Photography , from  A + J 's wedding at The Barn

Allison Harp Photography, from A + J's wedding at The Barn

Exchanging gifts or letters before the wedding. This is one tradition that I regret not doing on my wedding day. My husband and I considered our wedding our gift to each other, but I really wish we would have at least exchanged sweet letters during our first look! The exchanging of gifts or letters before the ceremony, either during a first look or by having someone deliver it to the bridal suite or grooms room, is always a great photo opportunity, and it's incredibly sweet! (P.S. If you need an idea for a wedding day gift for your bride or groom, read this post!)

Tryston Hines Photography , from  Jaime + Jake 's wedding at The Barn

Tryston Hines Photography, from Jaime + Jake's wedding at The Barn

First dance. This one is a no-brainer for most people, but it wasn't for me! My husband and I didn't have a first dance. I know, I know, it's terrible! My dress was poofy and a little too long (even after it was altered), and my husband has size 15 feet... Poofy dress + huge feet = a recipe for disaster. But I wish we would have done it anyway, no matter how awkward it may have looked. Do a first dance, y'all!!! That's one tradition that you just should not break. 

Are there any traditions that I missed that should totally stay?!