Modern Day Alternatives to Classic Wedding Traditions

Have you been looking for the perfect modern day alternatives to classic wedding traditions? Expert vendors have the insight you’ve been looking for to make this happen. It is easy to see how some of these changes can transform your special day into the perfect occasion! Don’t take our word for it. Read on to find out more!

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Find an unconventional wedding venue.

“Want to set the stage for a nontraditional wedding? Start with an out-of-the-box venue! You know, the kind of place that makes your wedding an experience rather than simply an event. From summer camps and retreats to stadiums, museums, and even treehouses, there are a wealth of unique and alternative wedding venue gems just waiting to be discovered.” – Jenna Miller, Creative Director of Here Comes The Guide

Take your wedding lingerie to the next level with a boudoir shoot on your wedding morning!

“If you’re already treating yourself to some beautiful wedding lingerie, pajamas, or a bridal robe, ask your photographer about adding a mini boudoir shoot on your wedding morning. These photos will make for beautiful keepsakes for you and your fiancé and will be such a special way to remember one of the most memorable days of your life! Plus, it’s an epic confidence boost on the day you’re heading down the aisle – trust us!” – Kristy Breed & Helen Semovski, Director & Designer, Le Rose Stories

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Turn a heartfelt toast into a custom song for guests.

“Toasts are often a frightening prospect for parents, members of the wedding party, and even brides and grooms. The idea of saying something meaningful, memorable, honest, and entertaining feels like an impossible task! Having a team of professional, award-winning songwriters create a piece of music takes all the pressure off, and ensures an unforgettable moment. As the writer Hans Christian Andersen said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” A Heartsongs is the perfect way to express how you really feel – without being put on the spot during the big day, and without having to write it yourself.” – Rebekah Powell, Founder, Heartsongs Music

Choose a bold color rather than classic black for your groom’s look!

“Instead of classic black, we love when grooms choose a different color for their wedding day look. Navy and grey options are probably the most popular aside from black, but we’re personally fans of incorporating fashion trends you love into your wedding day. A dark chocolate brown option creates a punch of visual interest for your groom, and is an awesome option especially for cool weather weddings! Picture a deep mahogany suit paired with accessories in shades of burgundy, rust, or marigold – what a great way to make sure your groom stands out on his big day!” – Matt Ramirez, SVP of Marketing, Generation Tux

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Creatively customize your ceremony.

“The wedding ceremony is the most tradition-laden part of the day, so don’t be afraid to mix things up here. Sing your vows if you’re musically inclined, let guests sit wherever they want, walk down the aisle together, hire a celebrity impersonator as your officiant, whatever! To legally tie the knot, you just need your fiancé, an officiant, and a marriage license. Everything else is fair game.” – Jenna Miller, Creative Director of Here Comes The Guide

Get creative with your first dance.

“A Heartsong is also a perfect alternative to first dances. After years of attending weddings or even just a particularly busy wedding season, the most special moment of your dream day can be a blur to your guests. There are only so many ways you can make a traditional ceremony or reception stand out. An original song that tells your love story – written by a team of #1 award-winning songwriters – creates an unforgettable, transcendent moment that you get to share with your guests. This way, your guests aren’t just spectators to your dream day, but active participants experiencing your joy and love alongside you.” Heartsongs Music