Wedding ceremonies and receptions have a rich history of traditions that have been passed down through generations. While honoring certain traditions may be a great way to celebrate your love, not every tradition will fit your unique style and values. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and should be tailored to you and your partner’s vision. Reimagining some old-fashioned traditions can put a modern twist on your wedding and showcase your and your partner’s personalities.
Top 6 Ways to Put a Modern Spin on Old Fashioned Wedding Traditions
While weddings come with many traditions, there is no rule book requiring you to follow them all. Your wedding day is all about you and your future spouse, so it is essential to stay true to yourself. Updating some outdated traditions can make your wedding feel more natural and authentic. Some ways to spice up some old fashioned traditions include:
Opt For a Non-traditional Headpiece
While veils are the traditional headpiece for brides, one might not fit your style. Instead of a veil, you can walk down the aisle in a flower crown, headband, or tiara. Having a headpiece that reflects your unique style can help you feel more confident and comfortable on your big day.
Enjoy Your First Look before the Altar
Tradition dictates that the happy couple should not see each other before meeting to say ‘I do.’ However, some couples decide to have a more intimate first look before their ceremony. Having a more private moment with your partner can make your wedding day even more special and allow your photographer to capture this emotional moment.
Mix Up Your Wedding Party
One popular and widespread wedding tradition is to have bridesmaids and groomsmen at your side during the ceremony. However, many couples have a mixed-gender group of friends and loved ones that they want to include when they tie the knot. Having a wedding party not dictated by gender can allow you and your partner to have the people closest to you at your side on your special day.
Kick off the Party with Your First Dance
Traditionally, the first dance is reserved for you and your future spouse to experience alone. However, some couples may feel awkward and uncomfortable sharing this intimate moment while everyone is watching. Instead, try inviting your guests to the dance floor with you to dance to your special song. This can take some of the pressure off you and your spouse and get your guests up and dancing.
Consider a Dessert That Isn’t Cake
While cake tends to be a people pleaser, you and your partner may have a different dessert that tickles your fancy. Some couples opt for donuts, pies, cookies, or even wheels of cheese! Make sure to choose a sweet treat that you will enjoy, not just one that fits tradition.
Exchange Your Vows Privately
Many couples adhere to the tradition of reading their vows to their partners at the altar during their ceremony. Some couples, however, feel like such a heartfelt expression of love is more meaningful if it happens in private. You may choose to express more simple vows during your ceremony and exchange your personal vows in private on your wedding night.
Give Your Wedding a Personal Touch at Windows on the Water
At Windows on the Water, our exceptional wedding planners can help you decide which traditions to keep and which ones to revamp. Our breathtaking outdoor venue features a beautiful lakeside, open-air tents, and 86 acres of natural landscape. We are proud to offer a wide range of wedding packages and can customize each one to suit you and your partner’s unique vision for your big day. To learn more about our venue and the top-notch services we provide, call us at (609) 208-9475 or reach out to us through our contact form today.