At a wedding my wife and I attended recently, we found that many of the old wedding traditions that were common at weddings are slowly disappearing. These include some items that include the actual set-up of the wedding and some of the activities during the ceremony. This should be expected though, everything else changes over time so why shouldn’t wedding ceremonies as well? Keep in mind that all wedding “traditions” were once something new that was introduced to a wedding ceremony.
Modern Changes In Wedding Ceremonies
In the past it used to be considered “bad luck” if the groom saw the bride the day of the wedding before the ceremony. These days that isn’t necessarily the case. Many times the bride and groom live together before getting married, and therefore it’s not always practical to follow that tradition. Another reason that this tradition isn’t always followed is for the pictures. Many couples have realized it’s easier to get the bridal party together a couple hours before the ceremony and do the wedding photographs at that time instead of after the ceremony itself. This allows the bride and groom more time to socialize with their families and friends after the wedding instead of having the wedding party miss the first hour or so of the reception.
Another change in wedding ceremonies is something that actually has been quite common for a few years now. This is the unbalanced wedding party. This means it’s no longer necessary for there to be an equal number of groomsmen and bridesmaids for the wedding. When walking down the aisle a groomsman or bridesmaid can walk alone instead of with a partner. Or another option is to have two bridesmaids walk with one groomsman or two groomsmen with one bridesmaid walk with two groomsmen. One final solution is that whoever is designated to walk the bride down the aisle can also fill in on the side of the bridal party that is short one person.
Speaking of walking down the aisle, one of the more awkward traditions in the past was the groomsmen ushering people to their seats. There was bound to be some awkwardness at times when they would guide the female in a couple to her seat with her male companion following behind them. It has been more common these days either for the groomsmen to just direct the guests to the proper sides, or even for ushers not to be used and the guests allowed to seat themselves on whichever side they wish.
In the end it remember a wedding is a special day for the bride and groom. They should have the freedom to change traditions and possibly create traditions on their own. Regardless of how the wedding is arranges and what traditions are followed or not followed, one thing has remained the same of the years. At the end of the ceremony the bride and groom are married. In the end that is what the purpose of the wedding is and what it will be remembered for.