14 Jul 4 Meaningful Wedding Traditions
Wedding days can be a blur as everything comes together and vendors are busy making final touches. Every detail is thought out during the planning phase, from place cards and invitations, to signature drinks and cake flavors. For those planning the wedding, it can be stressful making sure everything is perfect.
What makes weddings truly special are the meaningful moments and wedding traditions. Hugs with relatives, ceremony readings, toasts by friends and family: all the traditions come together to complete a beautiful day. Because the day goes by so quickly, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget some moments after they’re over. Here are some of our favorite wedding traditions that you’re sure to remember for years to come.
Wedding vows have come a long way throughout the years. Many brides and grooms choose to use traditional vows or religious vows. A new trend that has emerged, is for couples to write their own personalized vows. Most wedding ceremonies are over in 30 minutes or less, and as a result, it can feel like the minutes have flown by. You spend months planning every detail, and then it feels like in one blink, it’s over. Small moments like personalized vows or meaningful readings truly stand out. They can even give you and your loved ones an element of surprise since they’re often secret until that very moment.
Ceremonies are about cementing the promise to love one another forever. There are many elements that make a ceremony special and vows can offer an incredibly personal moment. Whether you write your vows from scratch or add in your own personalized sections to traditional vows, the special touches will surely add even more of a memorable emotional connection for both you and your guests.
In Loving Memory
Wedding days are a time to celebrate love with family and friends. However, there are sometimes loved ones who have passed away that you want to include too. There are many ways couples have paid respect to their loved ones on their big day. Whether you’re looking for a small subtle moment or a public display, honoring loved ones who have passed away can help make you feel like they’re still with you celebrating your special day.
- Pinned to the bouquet: In recent years it has become popular to print a photo of your loved ones who cannot be at the wedding. These pictures are then placed in an open locket/ frame on a string and wrapped around the bridal bouquet. With this photo your loved ones can walk you down the aisle and spend the day close to your heart.
- In loving memory tables: another popular way to honor loved ones is through photos. These tables are perfect additions to reception areas near welcome tables or guest books. These beautiful pictures bring forth happy memories shared with family members and are a touching way to remember loved ones.
- Empty chairs: Some brides and grooms choose to leave an empty chair at the ceremony. To show it’s reserved for a loved one who passed away, they often lay a flower or place a photo on the empty seat in remembrance.
The wedding traditional rhyme goes “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe.” According to The Knot, something old represents continuity, something new offers optimism for the future, something borrowed brings about good luck, and something blue is meant to ward off wicked spirits. The (often forgotten) sixpence in your shoe is a coin you place in your shoe that represents prosperity as you begin your new life together.
Something borrowed is a unique way for couples to borrow something from a loved one. The idea is that the item comes from a happily married couple and will rub off on the newlyweds to start their marriage on the right note. Brides are getting creative and find many ways to incorporate borrowed into their wedding. Jewelry and hair accessories will always be popular but now you can also find the “something borrowed” in handkerchiefs, champagne flutes, and ceremony readings.
Mom/Son and Father/ Daughter Dance Wedding Traditions
While the wedding day is all about the bride and groom, their families are also making a big adjustment. Incorporating parents, siblings and close family members into the day can mean a lot to them. Mother-son and father-daughter dances are a wonderful way to keep the spotlight on the couple but also share it with parents.
Sometimes parents have a hard time watching their children build lives with their new spouse and feeling less important. These dances can be incredibly special to the mother of the groom and father of the bride. The beauty about weddings is there are no rules in planning so it’s completely up to the couple. If you’re looking to incorporate a stepparent or father/mother figure this is a great way to give them the spotlight too!
Your big day should be exactly how you envision it. Add in the wedding traditions you love and feel comfortable with and remember to soak in every moment. These meaningful traditions are wonderful to incorporate and will turn into lifelong memories you’ll share with your loved ones for years to come.