This article originally appeared on the Maggie Sottero blog.
When it comes to weddings, there are a lot of traditions and notions about how things should be done. While it’s true a lot of those wedding traditions are steeped in etiquette, modern couples are changing the wedding rules. Below, we have four wedding rules to break on your wedding day. In the end, keep in mind that a wedding is a celebration between you and your loved ones, and it should be uniquely yours, however that looks!
WEDDING RULES TO BREAK ON YOUR BIG DAY
- You Must Have an Even Number of Bridesmaids and Groomsmen in Your Wedding PartyGone are the days of a perfectly matched bridal party… A bride and groom don’t need to have the same number of friends on either side of the party, nor should you feel like you have to exclude or include someone just to get symmetrical pictures.
- The Couple Should Not See Each Other Before the Ceremony
A recent wedding trend we love? The first look. Many photographers are recommending this intimate photo session between the bride and groom before walking down the aisle. Some benefits? Your hair and makeup will still be fresh, you’ll be more relaxed after seeing your soon to-be spouse, and you won’t spend your cocktail hour taking photos.
- You Should Freeze the Top Layer of Your Wedding Cake to Ear on Your First Anniversary
Tradition held that couples save the top tier of their wedding cake to celebrate the birth of their first child. With more and more couples waiting to have children, this tradition has fallen by the wayside. Instead, we suggest ordering a replica from the same bakery to celebrate.
- Your Bridesmaids Should All Wear Matching Dresses While being a bridesmaid (and a Maid Of Honor, which comes with a whole other set of responsibilities) is an absolute honor, we’ve all worn our share on unflattering bridesmaid dresses. Today, more brides are opting to let bridesmaids choose their own outfits. Simply decide a color scheme, and allow your bridesmaids to pick a dress in your color palette. You’ll score a more personalized ceremony, and your bridesmaids will be able to choose a dress they’ll wear again.