When we think about weddings, we think about traditions. Some practices are more popular than others and most couples pick and choose the ones that mean the most to them. Andy and I have been thinking about the many wedding customs and what they will mean to our wedding. What better place than Mrster to share our thoughts on some of the most common wedding traditions.
Not Seeing Each Other Until the Wedding:
We like this one! Shortly after our rehearsal dinner, we will spend the evening separate from each other. Neither of us will see the other groom until the ceremony begins. We agree that this will make the highly anticipated moment that much more special.
Walking Down the Aisle:
We really had to think about this one. Since neither one wanted to be “the bride,” we agreed that we would walk down the aisle at the same time with our moms. This will work because we will have two aisles that meet in the middle where the moms will give us away.
Photo Courtesy Rhonda Patton Weddings
When we decided to get engaged, we shopped for rings to wear as engagement rings. This has led to the occasional, “So, when did you get married?”, at which time I explain that it’s an engagement ring leaving the inquisitor a little bewildered. However, we like the symbolism of the rings. We decided that we will wear them until the night before the wedding. Then we will give them to our best men to hold onto until we say our “I do’s.”
Well, neither one of us really like the idea of slow dancing together. It’s not really our style. Instead, we are thinking of having a choreographed dance including the entire wedding party. Not like the “Baby Got Back” first dance, but an actual dance routine put together by a choreographer. Check back with us on this one–it’s still a work in progress.
Bouquet and Garter Toss:
This will prove difficult with neither a bouquet nor a garter. Plus, the idea of singling out the singles and forcing them to take part in such nonsense is a bit nauseating. Instead, we want to take this time to present our mothers and grandmothers with floral bouquets, then give a tribute to our wonderful families to show them how important they are to us and our union.
We went back and forth for a while before we settled on a co-ed wedding party. We each have one brother and we both chose our bros to be the best man. The rest of the wedding party on both sides is a mix of our favorite guys and gals. We are giving them very general color guidelines and letting them pick their own outfits.