Wedding traditions such as not seeing the groom, or the bride, before the wedding, are becoming less and less traditional.
What I have found interesting here at Val Vista Lakes, is that even though we see, and hear about, how wedding traditions are going by the wayside, traditionally speaking, wedding traditions here at the lakes in Gilbert, Arizona are actually making a very strong comeback.
But, it's only specific wedding traditions that are making a strong comeback, and other wedding traditions are definitely becoming less and less traditional.
So today I want to open up the room for discussion, and talk about which wedding traditions are important to you, and which wedding traditions are not important.
Since I already mentioned seeing the groom, or bride, before the wedding, let's talk about that one first...
Is it bad luck for the wedding couple to see each other before the wedding?
This has been a tradition since time began, it seems. But, with the new traditions that have popped up like First Look, is this something that is important to you at your wedding?
If it is, the First Look photo can easily be switched up to that magical moment photo where the wedding couple holds hands, reads a letter, or prays together but on either side of a wall or a door or a fence.
If not seeing your partner before the wedding is an important tradition, these magical moment photos where you hear each other but don't see each other, can be absolutely amazing and overwhelmingly emotional.
If this tradition can go by the wayside for you, then those first look wedding photos are always a great addition to your wedding album.
Bouquet and garter toss
As fun as the bouquet and garter toss is for everyone watching, it is not always as exciting for the participants.
The bouquet and garter toss has become a tradition that many are ignoring.
Not all couples want the frenzy of single friends fighting over the wedding bouquet and garter. In fact, not all wedding couples want to go through the process of the Garter removal in front of family and friends.
If this tradition is important to you, go for it and have as much fun with it as you possibly can.
If this tradition is not important to you, but you still like the general idea, then hand your bouquet to a cherished friend as a thank you for helping with her wedding.
Escorting the bride down the aisle
A time-honored tradition that many wedding couples have been honoring for generations, is the walk down the aisle with dad.
Not everyone has that special someone in their life to walk them down the aisle, though. So this wedding tradition can be a bit emotional, or even frustrating, for some wedding couples.
If the idea of having your father walk you down the aisle is something that you've been looking forward to your entire life, then you absolutely need to do it.
If having a family member walk you down the aisle is more important to that family member and not important to you, then you need to do what is best for your Gilbert wedding.
If the tradition is not something for you, but you do like the idea of having someone by your side as you walk down the aisle, mix it up and walk down the aisle with your bridesmaids, with your mother and father, with multiple family members, with your dogs, or with the person or people who mean the most to you.
Here at Val Vista lakes in Gilbert, Arizona, we have seen thousands of weddings with thousands of traditional and non-traditional elements to them.
The one thing that I have realized over my many years here at Val Vista Lakes doing weddings is that each wedding is unique, no matter how traditional or untraditional it is, and each couple has unique personalities that they Infuse into their wedding.
Do what you want to do on your wedding day.