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Wedding Traditions with a Twist

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 23, 2014

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While we’re all about respecting wedding traditions here at WeddingWire, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to put your own spin on things. From hosting the cocktail hour before the ceremony, to having both parents walk you down the aisle (not just Dad!), there are many ways to change up these age-old traditions. WeddingWire FallBook 2014 gives you 14 wedding traditions with a twist to make your nuptials uniquely you!

Top 10 Things to Do After Your Wedding

Posted by Alexandra on Aug 23, 2013

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The wedding bells have rung, the vows have been exchanged, and you and your spouse are fresh from your honeymoon and settling into newlywed life. As you begin an exciting new chapter as a married couple, don’t forget to check off these post-wedding to-dos!

1. Freeze the top of your wedding cake to eat on your 1st anniversary.

2. Write your thank you notes.

3. Review your wedding vendors.

4. Preserve your wedding gown.

5. Change your last name (if that’s your plan).

6. Notify your employer of change in name and relationship status for tax purposes.

7. Change your relationship status to “married” on Facebook!

8. Return or exchange any registry gifts you may not want or need.

9. Manage your joint checking accounts.

10. Create a wedding photo album (and a honeymoon album, scrapbook, or other creative documentation of the trip!)

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Part of the fun of planning your wedding is truly making the day your own. All too often couples get caught up in following “the rules” of wedding planning and end up with an event that feels cookie-cutter. Our advice: if a wedding tradition doesn’t feel right to you, skip it! Here are our top 10 traditions that you can totally skip on your wedding day. You don’t have to…

  1. Wear a white dress (or a veil!)

  2. Have the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen (or have a wedding party at all!)

  3. Toss the bouquet or garter

  4. Wear something old, new, borrowed, or blue

  5. Have a receiving line

  6. Write your own vows

  7. Have your dad (or anyone!) give you away

  8. Waiting until the ceremony to see each other

  9. Have a first dance

  10. Seat the bride’s side and groom’s side separately

Which wedding traditions are you skipping on your wedding day? Which traditions are you planning on keeping?

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Wedding Planning Advice From the Experts!

Posted by MeganH on Jan 14, 2009

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Have you ever wondered what the pros think or how they would plan their own weddings? Well, now you can recieve planning advice straight from the wedding experts themselves at!

Follow our Aces as they share tips, tools, and tricks of the trade for all aspects of planning a wedding. Learn from their mistakes and take advantage of their knowledge of the inner workings of the wedding world!

This is a great resource for engaged couples. Who better to give advice than those who live and breathe weddings?

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