formal couple in greenhouse with cacti

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!

glittery rose gold Keds with pink silk strings

Photo: Relic Photographic

You don't have to. . . wear stilettos for your walk down the aisle

Sparkly sneakers are fine by us!

women in winter wedding attire holding a bouquet of pine cones and hypericum berries

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! 

escort cards attached to vintage lemonade bottles

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. 

two brides during the recessional

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. 

signage displayed on whiskey barrel

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.

guestbook alternative signed vintage records


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.

wedding reception build your own s'mores bar

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!

bridal portrait bride with blue bangs

Photo: Nemus Photography

You don't have to. . . wear the traditional something blue

Instead of donning something blue, this bride dyed her hair! 

Personalized coffee cups

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!

dog of honor walking down the aisle

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?!