5 wedding traditions we skipped.
I think traditions can be beautiful and nostalgic, and when it comes to our marriage, I'm so excited to think of the new traditions we'll create as a little family, and how it will play into our lives as our family (eventually, but not-any-time-soon) grows.
When it came to our wedding, though, we opted to only keep traditions that worked for us. Having been a part of many weddings, I've seen many traditions, and not all of them worked for us personally. Here's the ones we skipped:
1. No bachelorette party. I was so blessed to have four incredible women (plus my mom!) by my side all weekend long. And after a festive bridal shower, I didn't see the point in a bachelorette party. This was more practical than anything; I felt like my ladies were spending enough money on our wedding, and I didn't need a bachelorette party to signify that I was getting married. Additionally, I'm a bit of a homebody, so a long night on the town just wasn't for me.
2. No separate rooms. As much as I like to claim that I'm a strong, independent woman, I don't sleep well when Connor's not around. And while we didn't end up sleeping an ounce on our wedding night due to pre-wedding restlessness, I'm glad we opted to stay together. It definitely gave me quite a bit of comfort before our wedding day.
3. We rode to our wedding together. After seeing so many couples spend half the day apart, I knew that's exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do, and I'm glad Connor agreed. He is, after all, my best friend, so I wanted to spend the whole day with him! He hung out in the morning while I had my hair and makeup done, and we rode over to the venue with our whole bridal party. It made both of us feel so much more relaxed. On top of that, I'll always have the memory of us seeing our venue for the first time on our wedding day. We did spend about an hour apart to get dressed, and prep for our first look, but that went so quickly that we hardly noticed.
4. We skipped the cake cutting. Neither of us really enjoy cake, so we thought the tradition wasn't really representative of us. Instead, we opted for a dessert bar, and s'more station. I was glad we skipped it especially since it was one less thing we had to do at the reception.
5. My mom and I danced together. While this isn't really something Connor and I skipped, it wasn't something I often see at weddings. There were so many women at the wedding who played a big role in my life that I wanted to highlight them. My mom and I welcomed all the mothers and daughters onto the dance floor, and it was a really special moment. It gave us both the ability to hug pretty much every woman who came, and share in a dance to my mom's favorite song: You've Got a Friend by James Taylor.
Did you skip any traditions at your wedding? Or did you create any new ones? I'd love to hear.
All photos by Katie Kett Photography.