I recently read an article about do’s and don’ts for weddings. The one thing that stood out for me is that the traditional DO’S are actually better as DON’TS! And as you know, non-traditional is how we roll! So here are the top seven things we would change.
1. Wear a white dress
White dresses are only a thing because Queen Victoria decided to change things up for her wedding (wedding dresses used to be dark). So why not change things up as well? You don’t have to go big and wear a red dress, but including subtle colour or some coloured accents work just as well.
2. Your father should walk you down the aisle
Not everyone has the luxury of their father walking them down the aisle. This may be to circumstances beyond their control or a choice. We have some many more options… brothers, sons, groom, mother or grandmother. Is it even necessary to have someone walk you down the aisle at all?
3. Bridesmaids should look the same
There are so many options available when it comes to bridesmaids dresses. It also makes (financial) sense to put your bridesmaids in something they’ll wear again. It’s becoming popular to get them dresses in the same fabric but in styles that suit their figures or colours that compliment the entire wedding. And yes, you can even put them in black or pants suits!
4. Pick a side to sit on
It used to be that the aisle spilt the guests between the groom and bride’s side. It created a problem for those who were friends with both. We certainly hope that if you’re inviting people to share this special day, you’re friends with all of them! So why make your guests choose a side? We say, find a seat anywhere and sit yourself down and enjoy!
5. The Wedding cake should be a cake
I suppose technically, it is called a cake… but why not a cheese tower or macaron tower or even a doughnut wall. And who says you should only have one cake? It’s your day, so you’re perfectly entitled to his and hers cakes! That way there is something for everyone and there’s more to go around!
6. Don’t have animals at your wedding
It has been said that including animals or children in your wedding are a recipe for disaster. Of course things go wrong, but it could happen at any point, just watch wedding fail videos. If you have a pet that is part of the family, why not include them? And this is South Africa, animals are part of the charm we offer!
7. The groom shouldn’t see the bride before the wedding
Honestly, watching the “first look” is my favourite part of the wedding! Seeing the look on the groom’s face when he sees the love of his life for the first time as they start this amazing journey is amazing! So why not do it before you get down to the nitty gritty of getting married? It gives you more time to appreciate how good your future spouse looks and count your blessings.