Outdated Wedding Traditions

October 6, 2017

Weddings are steeped in tradition with bridesmaids and groomsmen dressing similarly to confuse vengeful spirit presences who might try to harm the newlyweds, to the Best Man stealing the bride from a neighboring village and to keep those angry villagers from taking her back before the ceremony was completed.  While the reasons for these traditions have changed, they and many others still play a part in modern ceremonies.  Traditions begin as trends and wedding planners say new traditions are being born that are in contrast to those of the past. For instance, the bride's parents pay for the wedding has changed with both families chipping in, the groom's family pay for it and even the couple paying for their own wedding.  Also it appears the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride in her dress until the day of the wedding is passé, with more grooms enjoying a 'first look' at his partner ahead of everyone else.  Also the tradition of the bride wearing a white dress isn't as important as it once was with many brides choosing other colors for their gowns. That also plays into the wedding photos with more couples choosing to take pictures before the ceremony so there is more time to spend with guests at the reception. Speaking of the reception, is it no longer required to meet all wedding guests. Tradition dictates that a bride will be escorted down the aisle by her father but experts say it can be anyone. In fact, a new trend sees brides being walked down the aisle with father on one arm and mother on the other. A wedding is a happy occasion and the happiness of the couple is what matters.

SOURCE: Martha Stewart Weddings

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