Like the seasons, trends move swiftly, and the wedding industry is no stranger to change. While weddings are known for traditions, many couples are switching things up and bringing their unique flavor to the mix. If you’re not a fan of the wedding march, don’t worry! You’re not alone. There are plenty of ways to customize your wedding to reflect you and your partner. So, wondering what to keep or change? Here are six wedding traditions couples are skipping in 2023.
Playing hot potato with the bouquet
We’ve seen a bouquet toss in every romantic comedy we’ve ever watched. However, this tradition is losing traction. Nowadays, couples want to preserve their flowers by planting them in a garden or drying them for a display. Some also believe this trend is too cheesy for their liking, while others feel it’s a bit sexist for their taste. So enjoy your flowers, and if throwing the bouquet is a tradition you can’t picture your day without, go for it!
Requiring best man or maid of honor speeches
Did someone say public speaking? Count us out! There’s nothing simple about speaking in front of a crowd, especially when achieving the perfect balance of wittiness and charm is expected. Now that some couples aim for more intimate celebrations, there’s no time for multiple toasts.
Retiring this tradition is undoubtedly a relief for future best men and maids of honor with social anxiety. So, if you’re not a fan of this to-do, scratch it from your timeline and focus on dancing the night away.
Capturing family photos
It’s no secret that tensions run high in some families. As a result, keeping clashing family members separate during a photoshoot is tough. That’s why many couples would much rather skip family photos altogether. Instead, you can capture candid moments with a photographer and rent a photo booth as a fun addition to your reception.
Being given away
While walking down the aisle with a parental figure seems sweet, some modern couples point out that it can feel objectifying to be given away to someone else. No one should feel like a package en route to someone’s home. Alternatively, you can stride down the aisle by yourself or walk hand-in-hand with your partner. Of course, making your way to the altar with a parent or guardian can be an empowering experience if you always imagined it. Just do what feels good to you!
Appointing separate sides at your ceremony
Why designate separate sides when you can give your guests free rein? The latest trend allows friends and family to sit wherever they like. This seating approach is ideal for couples with similar friends who want to avoid awkward conversations about why someone sits in a certain spot. Skip the drama and instead let people find their own seats.
Sticking with old-school playlists
Remember what we said about the wedding march? It’s okay to switch out traditional songs for ones that better represent your relationship. While the wedding march is a triumphant and classic tune, it’s not for everyone.
More couples are opting for unique songs throughout their ceremony. So whether you play an Ed Sheeran ballad or an upbeat instrumental, it’s much more fun to customize a playlist that fits your taste.
When it comes to weddings, trends are constantly changing, and new traditions are blossoming. So go traditional or unique, but whatever you do, make sure your wedding is the perfect representation of who you are as a couple!