These days, there's really no such thing as a 'traditional' wedding. More and more couples are choosing to celebrate their day their way, and break away from some of the more restrictive wedding rules and traditions. Here's how to throw the wedding rulebook out the window...
Rule to break: The groom shouldn't see the bride before the wedding
The old saying is that it's bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding, meaning that many British grooms keep their eyes averted right up until their bride arrives at the altar (remember when Wills didn't watch Kate walk down the aisle at the royal wedding?). However, our American cousins are far more lenient with this rule, and even go one step further with The First Look. It's not uncommon for the bride and groom to meet before the ceremony, and for the groom's first reaction to be captured on film by the wedding photographer. This is one wedding tradition reversal that we can definitely get behind.
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Rule to break: Your wedding registry should be homeware
Originally, the wedding registry was a way for family and friends to help a newlywed couple to set up their first home together, which is why traditional wedding gifts include china, glassware and linens. However, these days many couples have already lived together for some time before choosing to tie the knot, which can make the traditional homeware gift list seem a little unnecessary. If you and your h2b already have more toasters than you can shake a stick at, why not try an alternative gift list? We love honeymoon gift lists such as Buy Our Honeymoon, Turquoise and Zankyou, which allow your guests to contribute to specific areas of your honeymoon such as meals, spa treatments and travel experiences.
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Rule to break: The bride's family pay for the wedding
Arguably, this tradition has been broken for a while now - not many couples' families stick to the original 'rules' of who pays for what when it comes to the wedding (did you know that the groom's family were expected to shell out for the entire honeymoon, for example?). These days, it's not even a case of the families splitting it 50/50, as lots of couples choose to fund the entire day themselves. Taking on the cost of the wedding means that you'll have financial independence to make your own decisions, and only have to answer to yourselves when it comes to making potentially controversial wedding decisions.
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Rule to break: You have to wear a big, white dress
This is by far one of the most fun wedding rules to break! Brides these days aren't afraid to stray from the path of the traditional white dress and choose something that suits them personally, whether it be short, brightly-coloured, or not even a dress! Bridal designers are fast catching on to the trend too, sending everything down the runway from bridal miniskirts and separates to pastels, bold colours and jumpsuits. When it comes to your wedding outfit, anything goes!
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