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Wedding traditions are all part and parcel of your special day. If you want to make your wedding memorable and unique, why not take some of the age old wedding traditions and give them a modern take?

Bridesmaids and Flower Girls

Traditionally your bridesmaids are always your siblings and best friends but there’s no harm in rethinking the wheel. Why not invite the oldest members of your family to be your bridesmaids, flower girls and page boys? You are sure to get the crowd reaching for those tissues.

The Guest Book

The guest book is designed to hold all of your wedding guests’ well wishes inside but that doesn’t mean it has to take the form of a book. Surprise your guests by having them write their well wishes on Jenga blocks or better still why not have your videographer capture the well wishes on camera and have a digital guest book created? The possibilities are endless.

The Getting to Know You Dinner

The night before the wedding it is quite common for both sides of the wedding party to come together in a getting to know you dinner. This breaks the ice in preparation of the wedding day and ensures that friends and family members of the bride and groom have bonded before the ceremony. Usually this takes the form of a casual BBQ but why not inject a bit of fun into the tradition? Why not organise a sports day that will give them all something to laugh and reminisce about? The more fun the activity, the more memorable it will be.

The Gift List

It is a tradition to celebrate the joining of a couple with gifts but before you ask your family and friends for toasters and cutlery, why not ask them to contribute to your honeymoon or make a donation to charity? The beauty of modern gift lists is that anything goes.

The Wedding Breakfast Seating

Traditional wedding breakfast seating is usually a formal affair with table cloths and silverware but don’t be afraid to step away from the norm. For something quite different why not abandon the formalities and swap tables for picnic blankets? Keep it casual with cushions, lanterns and alfresco dining.

The Wedding Confetti

The throwing of wedding confetti is a tradition as old as time itself and it makes for a stunning photo opportunity. Why not replace traditional flower petals with colourful pom poms or sparklers? The photos will be incredible.

The Speeches

Traditionally speeches are given after the guests have eaten but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with the order of the day. Don’t be afraid to mix up the people speaking too. The same goes for the content. Make it interesting by including props, poems, even songs. While the best man, the groom and the father of the bride will all say a few words, you could add a little originality by asking the chief bridesmaid to do a wedding speech.

Wedding traditions can add a certain amount of pressure to the wedding preparation, as there are often so many expectations that come with planning a wedding. However, adding your own personal spin can make it all the more special.

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