At one time, weddings were all very traditional. There were certain elements of the day that couldn’t possibly be missed out or messed with. From wearing white to tossing the bouquet, there were seemingly endless rules and regulations about what was and wasn’t appropriate on the most important day of your life. Luckily, though, times have moved on. Now, couples can feel free to be more unique with their choices and to tailor their wedding planning to suit their own preferences.

So, if you’re just engaged and are keen to have more creative wedding planning rather than the traditional wedding of the past, read on to find 7 outdated wedding traditions that you can happily leave behind.


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1.The Traditional Wedding Breakfast

Not so long ago a sit-down wedding breakfast was the only option after saying “I do”. However, the traditional dinner is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Now, couples arranging a stylish urban wedding are more likely to opt for family-style dining or mobile street food caterers– a much less stressful option for everybody.


2.Getting The Bride’s Family To Pay

At one time, the bride’s parents were expected to cover the lion’s share of the wedding costs. Fortunately for all cash-strapped mums and dads out there, today’s modern couples are more likely to be independent and are more likely to cover at least some of the costs themselves or share them evenly between both families.


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3.Not Seeing The Bride Before The Wedding

Although some couples still like the surprise of seeing each other for the first time in their gorgeous wedding clothing when they arrive to say their vows, there are many more who prefer to see each other first. It’s a great opportunity to take a special moment together before walking down the aisle.


4.Single Gender Bridal And Groom Parties

At one time, only women were part of the bride’s train while only men could be grooms. We’re happy to say that now many people planning a London wedding have people of both sexes in their entourage, reflecting the mixed nature of today’s friendships.


5.Throwing A Bouquet

While once girls would scramble to catch the bride’s bouquet this is now becoming a somewhat embarrassing tradition. Not only is it rather inelegant and impractical, especially in a short skirt and high heels, it’s also outdated. Girls are usually no longer desperate to be the next one married – there are more important things in life after all!


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6.Long, Boring Speeches

A key feature of traditional weddings is the long, dull speeches from virtually every member of the wedding party. It’s enough to send most guests to sleep. Fortunately, today there’s a lot more flexibility in the length and type of speeches. For example, often the bride gives a speech which would have been unthinkable in the past.


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7.A White Dress

Although we think of the white wedding dress as being traditional, in fact it only became a thing in the 19th century. Before that, brides wore whatever they liked. Now, we’re seeing a return to this greater freedom with many brides choosing different coloured gowns, or even choosing to wear something entirely non-traditional such as a jumpsuit.


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Planning Your Wedding

When it comes to arranging your wedding, you can see that there’s no need to feel tied to tradition. With the help of a skilled London wedding planner you can be as creative as you like, tailoring your special day around you own personal preferences so that it reflects both your personalities perfectly.
Contact Perfectly Planned 4 You for a complimentary consultation and let us be a part of your special day!