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Every bride knows that her wedding day is her special day. It is that one day you can do things the way you want, and everyone celebrates your happiness. A new survey reports that couples are less concerned with tradition and more concerned with what celebrating the tradition represents for them in their married life. 26 percent of brides today are not taking their husband's name, nor are 10% of them wearing traditional white wedding gowns. There are at least ten more traditions that brides-to-be are saying goodbye to along with adding a few new ones of their own. 

  • In lieu of a veil, they are wearing flowers in their hair.
  • No garter toss.
  • No trying to feed each other cake; most feel they can feed themselves.
  • No throwing the bouquet for someone to catch.
  • Walking down the aisle by themselves.
  • Skip not being able to see husband-to-be prior to the wedding.
  • Skipping the wedding march.
  • Adding cocktails prior to the wedding.
  • They are switching up the bridal party. They have guy friends acting as maids of honor, and their best girlfriends being ushers!
  • Brides' parents don't have to foot the bill exclusively anymore. Both parents and couples are pitching in to help foot the bill. Weddings are becoming more expensive and brides are getting older and better established financially prior to marriage.

  

Despite all the change there are a few traditions that are not changing. The traditions brides in the United States are holding on to are:

      

  • The one thing two-thirds of brides are not changing and demanding is their dad still walks them down the aisle.
  • Something Old. Typically heirloom jewelry, wedding gowns and handkerchiefs are still being used.
  • Something New. This represents the hope of good fortune or a prosperous future for the couple.
  • Something Borrowed. This is symbolic of keeping good friends and family involved with the new couple's life.
  • Something Blue. Blue represents faithfulness and loyalty. 

 

Traditions have a purpose as they represent generations from the past as well as old friends. A wedding is planned and represents what both the bride and groom value in their life going forward. Conflict happens when the bride or groom disagrees or their families disagree with the representation of the couples' family traditions. Talking to your fiancée' about the importance you place on family traditions prior to the wedding day can help you avoid unexpected family drama on your wedding day. –Mary Jo Rapini

 

 

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