5 Wedding Traditions Every Bride May Consider Skipping

October 23, 2017 by Leah Carton
shefinds | Weddings

The best part about wedding planning is that you have free range for how you choose to custom tailor your big day. With that said, there may be some common wedding traditions that aren't your style, and that you may ultimately decide to skip altogether. Read on to find out the wedding traditions some brides decide to skip. 


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According to The Knot, wedding veils have different symbolic interpretations and meanings. For instance, veils have been worn to protect the bride from evil spirits. While veils have been very popular and common for brides to wear, some opt to do without the accessory. 

wedding ceremony

Traditional Ceremony

As The Washington Post reported, one in four millennials choose "unafilliated" when asked about their religion. That means that some brides and grooms opt to have nonreligious ceremonies, or perhaps you'll want to choose to have a religious ceremony in an outdoor setting.

flower girl

Flower Girl & Ring Bearer

You can choose to switch the tradition of a flower girl and ring bearer for your wedding. Some brides choose to pick older relatives for this role, such as a grandmother, to give her a special part of the ceremony-- especially when there aren't any kids at the wedding. You don't have to bend over backwards to find people to fill these roles. You can either adjust who you pick or do without the tradition altogether.


Garter & Bouquet Toss

As The Knot notes, sometimes the garter and bouquet toss tradition can be uncomfortable. You don't necessarily have to single out your guests that aren't in relationships just for the sake of following tradition. Plus, skipping this part of the reception leaves more time for dancing and eating. However, of course you can totally include this tradition if it makes you happy. 

wedding cake

Traditional Wedding Cake

Of course you need dessert at your wedding, but you don't have to follow the traditional route of a wedding cake. Have some fun with it! You can always opt for a trendy donut tower or have two cakes where you can pick your favorite and he can pick his. The options are endless! 


Leah is a writer for SheFinds, covering fashion, beauty & more. You can reach her at [email protected]

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