Photo: Viera Photographics
There are dozens of wedding traditions that couples have been abiding by for decades. While these traditions may be sentimental for some, they're by no means hard-and-fast rules to structure your day around. So we've rounded up a few longstanding wedding customs you can put a personal twist on. After all, rules were made to be broken right?
You don't have to. . . host your reception at a traditional venue
This couple celebrated their nuptials at a cactarium in Palm Springs, California. Talk about a unique reception!
Photo: Relic Photographic
You don't have to. . . wear stilettos for your walk down the aisle
Sparkly sneakers are fine by us!
Photo: Milton Photography
You don't have to. . . carry a bouquet of flowers
Not a big flower person? Not a problem. Carry an arrangement of pinecones and hypericum berries instead!
Photo: Gumula Photography
You don't have to. . . use paper escort cards
Give out your favorite beverage or another fun item that can double as a favor and guide guests to their seats.
Photo: Leslie Rodriguez Photography
You don't have to. . . wear a dress
We love that the bride on the left opted for a clean and crisp pants and vest look over a traditional gown.
Photo: Artsinfotos Photography
You don't have to. . . host your reception at night
Brunch weddings are on the rise! Get married at sunrise and then offer a brunch reception complete with everything from pancakes, bacon, and of course, mimosas.
You don't have to. . . ask guests to sign a book
Have them sign records or a framed picture you can hang in your home. Anything that feels authentic to you and your future spouse can be made into a guestbook.
Photo: Jason Hales Photography
You don't have to. . . use the dance floor as your only form of entertainment
Build a s’mores bar for guests to huddle around after dinner—it doubles as entertainment and a fun dessert option!
Photo: Nemus Photography
You don't have to. . . wear the traditional something blue
Instead of donning something blue, this bride dyed her hair!
Photo: Julia M. Photography
You don't have to. . . have a signature cocktail
Coffee will give your guests added fuel for the evening—and is extra-nice to serve at cold-weather weddings!
Photo: Teal Photography
You don't have to. . . have a maid of honor or a best man
Why would you when you could have a dog of honor instead?!