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6 Unique Wedding Traditions to Make Your Wedding Day Special

Create your spin on wedding traditions, making them all the more personalised and unique to you and your groom's personalities. With new wedding customs being created all the time, the possibilities for celebrating nuptials are endless. To help inspire you, we have compiled a list of some of the latest wedding trends and traditions we love.


1. Micro Weddings

Large weddings are no longer the norm as couples opt for more intimate celebrations with close friends and family since the COVID-19 pandemic started. With the added logistical challenges of finding a venue that can accommodate a big guest list and the stress of trying to mingle with everyone, many are opting for micro weddings. This allows couples to stay focused on the real purpose of their wedding - their union with their significant other. 


2. Unplugged Wedding - No Cell Phones 

Cell phones are a common presence at weddings, especially in wedding pictures sometimes. So to avoid that, many couples are choosing to host “unplugged” ceremonies and receptions, which means politely asking and reminding guests to stow their devices away and be fully present at the moment. By doing so, couples and their guests get to genuinely celebrate together, allowing the wedding photographers to capture these special moments, undisturbed by cell phones popping into the frame. 

Additionally, this rule will ensure social media spoilers are avoided and notifications are minimised, resulting in an overall peaceful and enjoyable experience.

3. First Dance

Photo by TranStudios Photography & Video.

The first dance at the wedding is a symbolic and memorable moment where the newlywed couple takes the dance floor for the first time as a married couple. This is a special and meaningful moment, signifying the couple’s commitment to each other and their journey together, surrounded by loved ones.

The song choice chosen for the first dance usually symbolises the couple’s personality and reflects their love story too. So, it can be a slow melody or rocking electronic dance music - the decision lies on the couple!


4. First Look / First Touch

Photo by Scott Clark Photo

This age-old superstition stems from the time when arranged marriages were the norm, as people believed that seeing each other before the wedding could lead to cold feet and second thoughts. Nowadays, however, many couples are choosing to break this tradition and meet up before the ceremony. 

Some prefer to have a "first look" photoshoot where they can capture the moment they see each other for the first time in private, while others opt for a "first touch" to preserve the element of surprise until the aisle.


5. Thank You Speech

Photo by Juanmoley Fotologue

On their wedding day, the Thank You speech is a way for the newlywed couple to express their sincere gratitude to their guests for sharing in their joyous celebration. It's an emotional moment where the couple can reflect on the memories they have created and thank their loved ones for their unwavering support and encouragement. 


6. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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The wedding tradition of wearing "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue" is a fun way for brides to add personal touches to their wedding attire. Each item has a special meaning, "something old" represents the bride's past and family history, "something new" symbolises the couple's future and hope for a happy life together, "something borrowed" is meant to bring good luck from a happily married person, and "something blue" denotes the couple's fidelity and love. This age-old tradition is a beautiful way to incorporate sentiment and meaning into a wedding day.

For most couples, wedding traditions hold a significant place in their hearts, symbolising love, commitment and unity. From personalised speeches to having private moments with your future life partner - the possibilities for creating meaningful and memorable moments are endless.

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