5 wedding rules to break

A giant tiered cake. A romantic first dance. Something borrowed and something blue. Weddings have lots of traditional elements that are awesome and fun and (in the case of the cake) downright delicious. But just because having a bridal party of BFFs in matching dresses is what some folks have done before doesn’t mean it has to be what you do. Think about your wedding day as a blank Etch-a-Sketch that you can design your way. In fact, the only thing you ‘should’ do at your ceremony is make sure it reflects you as a couple.

Rule 1: The bride has to wear a long white dress

Break it: Contrary to what Great Aunt Mildred and countless bridal mags might insist, there’s no white dress uniform for your wedding day. Whether you want to slip into a tailored suit, or sashay down the aisle in a sequinned kimono, the only thing you ‘need’ to wear on your wedding day is a get-up that makes you feel like a million bucks.

Rule 2: Your parents need to give you away

Break it: If the traditional ‘who gives this woman away?’ thing isn’t really sitting right with you, forget about it. Instead opt to have your parents or bridal party bless your marriage or call on your guests to echo their communal support. And if you want to fly solo, make like Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and walk yo’self down that damn aisle.

Rule 3: The first time you see each other should be at the ceremony

Break it: A ‘first look’ photoshoot is an awesome way to capture that special moment with just the two of you (and take plenty of pics without keeping your guests waiting), but hanging out together before your ceremony can also help to nix those pre-wedding nerves. Hey, maybe you even decide to arrive at your ceremony together… Rebels!

Rule 4: Brides have bridesmaids, grooms have groomsmen

Break it: Your bridal party (should you even decide to have one) can be a mixed bag of your best people. Whether you’re surrounded by a dozen friends in matching outfits or flanked by a single Man of Honour or a Best Woman, the important thing is that you feel supported and loved when you take the marital plunge.

Rule 5: Stick to saying the traditional ‘I do’s

Break it: In Australia, the legal part of the wedding vows takes about two minutes and doesn’t actually involve anyone saying ‘I do’… So, when it comes to the other words you choose to speak, it’s mostly up to you. Shelve the traditional heard-’em-all-before vows and seize the moment to tell your other half how much you love them with something unique and personal.
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