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I hope you started singing that like Tevyeh from Fiddler on the Roof because that is totally what I was going for.

As I’m sure you know, there are a multitude of wedding traditions out there. Traditions can come from a person’s religion, culture, where they live, or they can even be unique to a particular family.

Being from the South, I think there is even more emphasis put on tradition, and that works for Geoff and I since we tend to be a pretty traditional couple. “Unconventional” is definitely not a word that would describe us! Here are some of the traditions we are planning to incorporate at our wedding:

The Groom’s Cake

I think this is something that was started in the South, but it seems to be getting more and more popular in other places. This is a cake (usually chocolate) that is traditionally a gift to the groom from the bride. The cake is usually decorated to reflect the groom’s personality. It could be a hobby, a favorite sports team, etc. (It doesn’t have to be a red velvet armadillo!) I’m surprising Geoff with his groom’s cake, he doesn’t know what it’s going to be, but I know he’s going to love it!

For the Star Wars Fanatic

Photo courtesy of: The Uncommon Cakery

For the gaming Groom (actually, Geoff would love something like this, but I don’t think so)

Photo courtesy of: Creative Cakes

Or maybe he’s a sport’s fan

Photo courtesy of: Maxie B’s Bakery and Dessert Cafe

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

I think everyone is probably pretty familiar with this tradition. I’m planning on wearing the pearls my Mom wore on her wedding day as my “something borrowed.” My dress will be my “something new.” I’m planning on ordering a blue garter from etsy for my “something blue,” and I want to find some vintage ribbon to tie my bouquet as the “something old.”

A Moment of Prayer

This is another popular tradition in the South, but I’m sure it happens elsewhere too. Before the ceremony, the bridesmaids and female family members gather around the bride to pray and ask God’s blessing on her and her future husband and their marriage together. (If you do this, make sure you have tissues handy!)

Photo courtesy of: Brooke Courtney via Southern Weddings

Like I said, Geoff and I like traditions and incorporating them into our wedding, but there is one big tradition that we are throwing out the window!

The First Look

I always thought the first time I would see my fiancé on my wedding day would be when I was walking down the aisle. But we have actually decided to see each other before the wedding! As my wonderfully sensible husband-to-be pointed out, we don’t want to make people wait a long time to start eating while we’re taking pictures. So we’re planning on taking pictures of us together and with our bridal party before the ceremony, so afterwards we will only need to take family pictures which shouldn’t take more than 30-45 minutes.

At first, I felt a little uneasy about changing such a big tradition, but I think this is the best option for us. We tend to be rather private anyway, so I think I will like seeing him for the first time just the two of us, rather than in front of everyone.  Well, the two of us and the photographer :) I have to admit, I love “first look” pictures! Don’t you?

Photo courtesy of: Sara and Rocky via Style Me Pretty

So what about you? Are there any traditions that you are definitely making a part of your wedding or are you making your own traditions?

Laura is a DIY bride who is planning an autumn wedding in North Carolina. She has 6 months to plan with a budget of $7,500. She has a love of all things southern and homemade and can't wait for the day when she gets to marry her best friend.

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