I love weddings that are personal! There are so many different traditions that are beautiful and meaningful. You don’t have to stick to the standard if that isn’t you! You can pick and choose what to do at your wedding, or make up your own traditions. Here are some of my favorite unique traditions that I’ve seen my couples do.
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dance. My favorite unique idea for the parents dances is to invite ALL Fathers & Daughters or Mothers & Sons to the dance floor half way through. Pick a medium-long song for this, otherwise it will be too short. It is so beautiful to see all the family there on the floor. And you get the sweetest moments between parents and their children. (Of all ages!)
Instead of the bouquet toss I’ve had a few couples do an anniversary dance where all married couples get up on the dance floor and anyone who has been married less than 5 years sits down… less than 10 years… and you keep going until only one couple remains. Any they get the bouquet in exchange for some words of wisdom on making marriage last. I think that at a wedding it is wonderful to celebrate those people who’s marriage has lasted that long! it’s wonderful to recognize them and you might be surprised to see how long everyone has been married!
An anniversary dance. A few of my weddings last year happened on the anniversary of one of the guests or parents. I thought it was so sweet that it was pointed out and sometimes the bride and groom played a special song (or even once that couples first dance song!) and let them have a special dance to celebrate their anniversary.
Daphne & Shane had everyone at their wedding ceremony stand and hold hands in a huge prayer circle at the end of their ceremony. It was a tradition from family gatherings and it was lovely to see it incorporated into their wedding.
Sean & Ashley wrote each other love letters about why they love the other so much and sealed them in a box with a great bottle of wine during their ceremony. If they hit any really rough patches in their marriage they will open the box and read the letters and drink the wine and remember how much they love each other. And if they don’t hit any hard times they will open it on their 5th anniversary and enjoy a great bottle of wine and read the letters anyway! I think it is the sweetest thing to look forward too.