Rules of the Game

Melissa + Adam Married 299Maybe it’s the dress, a pair of designer heels or a brand-new piece of jewelry that’s acting as the “something new” for a wedding. But that new thing doesn’t necessarily need to be physical. In fact, many couples are adding a fresh spin on classic wedding traditions.

Father of the bride pays for wedding. Many couples are choosing to save up their own money to pay for the big day. Parents may choose to pay for certain portions, but the couple foots the majority of the bill. This places a new twist on the phrase: “their wedding, our marriage.”

It’s bad luck to see each other before the ceremony. Couples are setting aside time to take a first look. During this time, the bride and groom may exchange letters or just take a moment to themselves before the excitement of the wedding ceremony.

Only the bride wears white. As seen in celebrity wedding parties such as that of Kim Kardashian and Solange Knowles, brides are sharing the spotlight and allowing their bridesmaids to wear the alabaster color as well.

Long wedding gown. Not all venues call for a floor-sweeping ensemble. Many brides are opting to wear shorter gowns that better fit their theme.

Matching bridesmaid dresses. Gone are the days of the dreadful and ill-fitting frock; bridesmaids are given the option to choose a dress that makes them feel comfortable. To add individuality to the wedding party, brides are now having bridesmaids mix up their apparel.

The Exit. Save the rice for dinner. Newlyweds are now exiting their big day under a shower of sparkling fireworks held by cheering guests, and sometimes in a trendy getaway car.

Photo by Stout Photography

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