7 B.S. Wedding Traditions You Can Totally Skip

When it comes to 2020 weddings, there are no rules. As a fellow bride-to-be, I’ve realized there are a lot of wedding traditions I’m not into. While you may feel guilty about not doing everything your mom did at her wedding, just think, there were probably some traditions her mother did that she boycotted (it’s a vicious cycle, you see?). For example, my grandma told me it used to be tradition that the bride changed out of her dress at the end of the night and put on a suit to go off on her honeymoon. Sounds miz, right? I’m assuming all I’ll want to do is change into sweats and PTFO. My mom sure as hell didn’t do that, and I bet yours didn’t either, so don’t feel guilty about skipping one of these seven wedding traditions that should prob be retired any way. 

Gender-Specific Wedding Parties

Look, it’s 2020. Gender fluid, gender neutral, whatever you want to call it, we can all agree that the gender lines are blurring, and therefore, there’s no reason to be a stickler about your best friend from college standing on the groom’s “side” because of the gender he was assigned at birth. Mix it up and go half boys and half girls, have your brother stand on your side, etc. Nobody’s going to be sitting at the ceremony whispering, “oh my God I can’t believe she has a GUY standing on HER side,” and if they do, they’re a f*cking idiot and shouldn’t be invited in the first place. Plus, women’s pantsuits are so in right now, so if you’re a woman in the groom’s wedding party, just channel your inner Ariana Madix circa Tom and Katie’s wedding and own that sh*t. 

Your Parents Giving You Away

This may have been a thing back in the 1800s when literal 14-year-olds got married because they were going to die by age 30, but now that you’re a grown-ass adult, there’s no need for mommy or daddy to “give you away”. The whole idea of them handing off ownership to your spouse is pretty objectifying, IMO. Not to mention, not every person has a great relationship with their parents, and this wedding tradition can just put extra pressure on an already tense dynamic. If you want to skip this one but still compromise, you can have them walk in front of you, or at the beginning of the procession with the groom’s family if they’re salty about you walking solo. 

Gift Exchange

IDK who invented the idea that couples need to give each other gifts before the wedding ceremony, but isn’t like, your marriage enough of a gift? Yes, I know that sounds cheesy, but when it comes to saving money, I will use all the cliches I can to get me out of buying a really expensive watch for my fiancé (sorry, babe!). Writing a personal note should be gift enough, since you prob just spent your life savings on this massive party. I am officially launching my campaign to end pre-wedding gift exchanges between couples. WHO’S WITH ME?! I’ll take this all the way to Congress if I have to. 

Wearing a Veil

I know this is one I’ll catch a lot of heat for, and I’m ready for it. When I discovered the historical meaning behind why brides wear veils, I was appalled. Basically, wearing a veil was intended to keep the groom from seeing the bride until she got up to the altar so he wouldn’t see her and run for the hills. Wow, that is so thoughtful of the inventors of the veil to hide the bride’s face until it’s too late in case the groom didn’t like her looks. A more modern-day reason to pass on a veil is the cost. Do you really want to spend $800 on a piece of tulle? I’m sure most of you reading this think I’m a veil-hater and are probably still going to wear one, but I’m just here to tell you that if you’re on the fence and the notion of “tradition” is preventing you from doing you, I’m here to tell you that it’s perfectly okay if you don’t wear one.

Evening Weddings

I’d venture to guess that the majority of weddings take place at night (mine will be), but if you’re not into the idea of a nighttime party, why not start it earlier in the day? My cousin is having a brunch reception that goes all day and I’m not going to lie, I am STOKED. The idea of eating brunch food, getting wasted, and being in bed by 7pm sounds like heaven on earth. Is that an over exaggeration? Probably, but let’s face it, I can’t stay up all night anymore and so the idea of getting the party started early, and ending it early, sounds lovely. Plus, all-you-can-eat brunch food? Hmm, maybe I should change my start time to 11am.

Bouquet/Garter Toss

The only thing worse than being seated at the singles’ table is the dreaded bouquet and garter toss. As if a guy literally crawling up his wife’s dress in front of his entire family isn’t mortifying enough, think of all the single guests at your wedding you’ll humiliate when you toss a bunch of flowers at their faces. Also, someone could get SERIOUSLY injured. At my friend’s wedding last year she hiked the football bouquet like an NFL Pro-Bowler and almost took out half of her single guests. I mean, respect, but drunk people don’t have the best reflexes, so that could have been a massacre. 

Wedding Cake

My fiancé doesn’t like frosting (I know, he’s literally a serial killer) and I don’t want an icing-free cake at our wedding, so we’re not having one at all. We’re doing a donut wall instead because I’m #basicandproud, and that way people can bring their dessert on the dance floor. We also realized that at the last four weddings we’ve gone to, we didn’t eat the cake. It’s my personal goal to make sure every guest feels sickly full at the end of the night and they can’t get there with a small slice of cake, so bring on the dessert bar! If you want a cake just for the photo opp, your caterer might be able to whip up something small so you can at least have the picture. 

The new wedding rules are that there are no rules, so don’t be afraid to do you. As long as you have good booze and awesome music, everyone will have a good time. 

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7 Wedding Trends From The Last Decade That We Never Want to See Again

While a typical engagement doesn’t last 10 years (although it might feel like it), there are some popular wedding trends that have been around that long. Look, I love a good wedding detail that’s a little off the beaten path—it keeps things fresh—but like your d*ck of an ex, some things are meant to be forgotten. Here are seven overused wedding trends we should leave behind in the 2010s and never look back. 

Flower Crowns

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To be honest with you, I was never a big fan of this nature-inspired hair accessory, even when it first came on the bridal scene. I never quite understood why someone would voluntarily opt for a headpiece that was once covered in dirt when there are so many more stylish options out there that will last longer than your bridesmaid’s latest f*ck buddy. I get that it might have a whimsical, free-spirit vibe that you’re trying to give off, but take a yoga class or try out aromatherapy instead. Nobody came to your wedding to see you try out your newfound inner Janis Joplin. Please spare us and opt for a rose gold headpiece if you still want to be basic trendy. 

Photo Booths

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The idea of a photo booth is extremely repetitive. First of all, you’re paying thousands of dollars for a professional to basically be your paparazzi for the night. If you want pictures of all your guests making silly faces, place your photog in the middle of the dance floor when “I’ve Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas comes on and everyone’s 4+ drinks deep. There’s also a very high probability that your guests have their cell phones with them and will take more than enough impromptu selfies. Set up a shared folder, ask all your guests to drop in their images from the night before, and there you have it. You’ve created your own digital photo booth without spending a dime. You’re welcome. 

Over-the-Top Rustic Details

It’s time for a rustic intervention. Everyone stop what you’re doing and put down the re-purposed window panes, the entire tree’s worth of wood slices, the old dresser drawers full of mason jars, and the football field’s worth of burlap. It’s too. much. At this point people are digging through their grandma’s attic to find anything from before 1980 and made of wood to use as wedding decor. You don’t need to do this! I promise there are plenty of other decorative elements out there that will help you evoke the rustic vibe you’re looking for. Ask your wedding planner for help and don’t resort to random crap from a yard sale. Lauren Conrad might be able to pull off a wedding adorned with charming flea market items, but I assure you, you cannot. 

Matching Bridesmaids

A lot of people have already done away with dressing their bridesmaids to make them look exactly the same, but I’m officially declaring it dead. You heard it here first. With literally millions of options for bridesmaids out there, there’s no reason to dress all of them the exact same. They’re your friends, not your Barbie dolls. Mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses doesn’t have to mean letting them pick whatever the hell they want. Whether you pick a specific dress for them to wear and let them select their neckline, or you offer them a range of color options in a specific style, we believe in giving direction but not making them look unidentifiable. 

Bouquet/Garter Toss

Please don’t @ me for this one. I know it’s a long-held tradition that didn’t just become a thing this decade, but it was alive and well at many celebrations over the last 10 years and it shouldn’t be. Not only does it call major attention to the single people (doesn’t playing “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé do enough damage ?), but I for one cringe from secondhand embarrassment when I see the groom crawl up the bride’s dress to retrieve the garter. But hey, if you feel confident enough to do that with your grandma in the front row, more power to you. 

Social Media Wedding Planners

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For some strange reason a surplus of wedding social media services became trendy this decade. If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, there were literally companies you could hire to do the social media for your wedding. Like your wedding is its own f*cking brand. From helping you come up with a hashtag and helping your guests use it, to gathering all the images your guests took the night before (isn’t that the purpose of a hashtag?), this pretty much just seems like a fake job you’d see on The Bachelor. None of these tasks require hiring and paying someone, so I beg of you, don’t fall into this money trap. 

Etsy-Themed weddings

I admit, I’ve fallen victim to the power of Etsy many times. I go wild adding everything to my cart, like creative signage, guest book options, etc. before I realize I’m about to check out with $2K worth of crafts in my cart. My advice? Slow down. Do you really  need 15 signs that point guests towards the bathroom? Is it really necessary to paint every guest’s name on their napkin? When you find yourself obsessively clicking “add to cart”, step away from the computer and remember you’re not Oprah and you don’t have an endless supply of cash.

I’m just a girl standing in front all you brides-to-be asking you to help me in my pilgrimage to leave the trends of the last decade behind us. I promise, there are many more new trends coming this decade for you to abuse! 

Images: Shutterstock; CL-Medien, MakeStory Studio, / Shutterstock.com; Micheile HendersonUnsplash

8 Reasons You Should Get A Photo Booth For Your Wedding

It is wedding season, and let me tell you, I go to a lot of weddings. I’ve been in a lot of weddings. And it’s pretty easy to tell which ones are the good ones and the bad. The good ones always have an open bar, for one. If I have to sit through watching you and your significant other cry because he knows how she likes her coffee in the morning, I better be rewarded with FREE BOOZE. You already found true love, the least you can do is liquor us up. (BTW, that particular couple is already divorced.) The next sign of a good wedding is dancing. If this is a crowd that barely dances, the wedding will be a snooze. This is why Jewish weddings are always the most fun—you get to do the horah, throw the couple up in chairs, etc. It’s even better when you’ve been drinking. And lately, I’ve noticed another clear sign of a fun wedding: a photo booth. Photo booths are everywhere now, with good reason, and how anyone thinks photo booths are optional is beyond me. They are so easy to get/use/setup if you use a company like sharingbox that has a ton of different photo options. Here are all the reasons you need a photo booth at your wedding and why it’s a necessity.

1. More Wedding Photos

sharing box

The whole time the professional photographer is taking pictures of everyone inside dancing up a storm (you know, assuming it’s a fun wedding with an open bar), people will be out at the photo booth taking pictures, too! You get twice the photos of everyone having the best time at your wedding, and they’re all ready to go up on the ‘Gram to prove that your wedding was way more fun than your ex-friend Nicole’s, sorry not sorry.

2. You Get The Photos Early

Who wants to wait weeks for the wedding photos to come in? I was just MOH in my bestie’s wedding and we realized we completely forgot to get a photo together. I was having so much fun, I didn’t touch my phone the whole wedding. Thankfully a friend had taken a pic of us so I could post about how awesome the wedding was without waiting seven years for the album to get here. Enter photo booth: which she definitely had btw, I just didn’t get one with the bride because we forgot (boo). If you have a photo booth, everyone will have instant photos to post and brag about what a fabulous party you threw.

3. Easy Giveaway Gift

sharing box

Having photo booth pics is a great souvenir that is, again, totally instant! Your guests will put their little photo booth pics away and then years from now find them and reminisce about how much fun your wedding was. That’s way easier than forcing your bridesmaids to hand-make everyone a paper flower from Pinterest that will go straight into the trash/all over the reception floor. (Literally, I have seen this done.)

4. It’s A Fun Break

You’ve eaten, you’re sweating from all the dancing, so it’s time to grab a drink at the bar and take a break. Instead of sitting around a little table making small talk with the groom’s cousins, grab some friends, and go to the photo booth. It gives you a break while still being an activity and then you’ll have the photos forever!

5. It Gives The Old People Something To Do

Weddings mean everyone’s relatives are there, and they may not be able to dance and party the whole night. I mean, maybe your grandma is a badass, I don’t know. But if Auntie Gertrude’s hip replacement means she won’t be dancing, you can drag her to the photo booth for some iconic memories of her wearing a boa and crown while making goofy faces with the grandkids.

6. It’s An Ice Breaker

If there is an awkward moment between the cocktail hour and the reception opening, it gives people the perfect thing to do. They can socialize, bond, and laugh over the stupid props. It’s a great activity to distract people while everything else is being prepared.

7. It Gets The Party Going

In the same token, what better way to get people in the party mindset and loosen up a bit? Okay, yes, that’s what the open bar is for. But secondly, it gives them a chance to get goofy and have fun before even walking into the reception. People love a photo booth and there will be a line the second it’s available.

8. It’s Social Media-Ready

When anyone I know is getting married, I love scoping out their social media. It’s fun to see what it looked like, what people wore, how much fun they seem to be having. Having your friends post about what a great time they’re having and how much they love you is awesome, and if you have a photo booth, they’ll have a ton of photos to share instantly. Too bad for those suckers who didn’t think to get a photo booth. They’ll post how fun their wedding is in three weeks when the photographer is done editing.

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