As we near the year’s end it’s easy to get reminiscent of the past year(s), and all the fabulous weddings we’ve had to review. While we love the modern twists our brides and grooms are including to make their wedding day their very own, there are just some traditions set in place for a reason. We asked a few of our go-to wedding pros for their opinion. Have a favorite tradition that our vendors didn’t voice? Sound off in the comments below! Photo by Rustic White Photography.
1. The receiving line
“I recently had a client that brought back the receiving line. It took a while, but they were able to thank each and every guest that attended which was important to them,” says Janel Grant of Janel Elise Events.
2. Simple cake and cocktails reception
“In the 20th century it is very common for couples to throw huge receptions where they invite all their friends and family. If a couple has a very tight budget this can be very costly. One bygone wedding tradition was to invite “everyone” to a formal church wedding and afterward have a cake and punch reception. Later that evening, couples would have a really up-scale sit-down dinner for just close family and intimate friends. Bringing this by-gone tradition back would allow couples to have a nicer reception with those people that truly mean the most to them. If there is any tradition we would bring back it would definitely be that one,” says Hayli, Lori and Shantel of Arthur’s Catering.
3. Wedding announcements
“The wedding announcement! It’s a great way to inform those who were not invited to your wedding. They are mailed out soon after the wedding day,” says Marjorie Pruitt of DecoMarj. Editors note: These traditional mailings can read as formal as a newspaper announcement or appear informal like a modern save the date. If you choose to send, know that the sentiment is the important part. Guests unable to attend or those who didn’t quite make the final list will be thankful you thought of them on such a big occasion.
4. The veiled bride
“I will always and forever love a bride in all her glory, wearing a wedding veil. To me, the veil is a classic and timeless wedding tradition. Over the years, I have seen a handful of brides that opt out of wearing a veil, and I am usually disheartened by their choice since I love the veil for so many reasons. Primarily, I find that bridal portraits are softer and more beautiful when a veil is worn. It allows for photos with movement and texture. I also love the moment she walks down the aisle shielded by her veil and holding her bouquet–she looks complete! My very favorite tradition is when the bride wears a “blusher” veil and has her face covered until her father unveils her for her groom. It’s important that the bride is unveiled before the ceremony though, so her face can be seen well throughout the exchange of vows and for all of her photographs. To me, this tradition is a strong and beautiful one. I would love to photograph every bride in a veil,” says Erika Delgado of Erika Delgado Photography.
5. Classic arrangements
“I’d like to see more single container centerpieces with a fuller arrangement of flowers. I love hurricanes with candles or some type of lantern with a floral wreath base. I think those are so pretty! I love traditional footed bowls with either a mass of flowers or a loose and open, wild display. Implementing trailing vines has sort of taken off but I’d like to see more of it. I also love floating blooms in an interesting vase or container. It only works in certain venues but the combination of water and blooms is so natural, simple and elegant,” says Cathy Small Brim of bloom floral design.