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A Modern Wedding: Saying ‘I Do’ Your Way | Austin, TX Wedding Planners

From proposing on one knee to having “something borrowed, something blue,” many traditions stem from ancient history. Although nothing is wrong with continuing these traditions, many couples are opting out of certain customs that don’t work for them, and choosing more modern ideas that do. One thing we hear often is that people wish they knew they didn’t have to incorporate all traditions on their wedding day. We have compiled a list of ways you can include more modern ideas in your dream wedding. Let’s get into them!


First Look

One popular tradition is to not see your bride or groom until you’re walking down the aisle. Many couples opt for a first look, where they see their fiancé before the ceremony. This not only takes off the pressure of hiding all day but also allows your photographer to capture moments before guests arrive. Couples often wish they had more time for pictures after the ceremony and before the reception, and this is one way to ensure you capture more memories!

Walking Down the Aisle

Walking down the aisle to your future spouse should be a moment you forever treasure. But let’s be real, not everyone wants to walk down the aisle with their dad. Your wedding day should be about YOU, and you have the freedom to choose whoever you want to walk you down the aisle. This could be another family member, a close friend, yourself, or whoever you want to give that honor to!

Seating for Ceremony

What side should family and guests sit on? Ultimately, the answer should be whatever the couple has decided! Remember, this is your wedding, and you can decide what works best for you and your partner. One popular idea is to reserve the first few rows for family, with your family sitting opposite to where you are standing. For example, if the bride chooses the right side, her family would sit on the left. This way, your family gets a direct view of you during the ceremony. Then, you can choose for other guests to either sit anywhere they like or on a specific side.

Bouquet and Garter Toss

This is a tradition your parents might say is a must! However, more couples are choosing one or the other or none at all. Many prefer spending time talking and dancing with guests during the reception rather than doing a garter and/or bouquet toss. If that resonates with you, know you have many options to bring your dream wedding to life!

Having a traditional wedding may be what you want and desire, but some may want to do things differently. For those looking for a more modern wedding, you have endless options to curate your special day.




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