12 Wedding 'Rules' Every Bride Should Feel Free to Break

wedding calendarOne year ago today, my fiance and I got engaged, and I remember that for a few hours after, we didn't tell anyone. We wanted to enjoy the glow on our own. In retrospect, I actually wish I'd taken even more time to keep the news to ourselves. Because it seems like as soon as one person knows, the advice (solicited or not) starts rollin' in -- from wedding magazines to websites, vendors to friends, and, of course, well-meaning family. Then, you start feeling like you have to learn the "rules" of the wedding planning road you're inevitably going to be navigating. Like the "proper" way to do this or the "right" way to do that.

But let's face it -- some wedding rules were made to be broken. Because they're annoying, pedantic, antiquated, or just don't fit you and the person you're about to marry, etc. Here, 12 wedding rules a bride should feel free to break or make her own ...

  1. Using "formal" wording on the invitations - This is one I was grappling with recently. Who says the invite being sent to your best friend Sally -- who just happened to marry Joe Smith -- has to be addressed to "Mr. and Mrs. Joe Smith"? As a good friend told me, there are no etiquette police at the post office! Trying to follow proper etiquette is one thing, but feeling like you have to address your closest friends in an impersonal, outdated way is another.
  2. Wearing a veil - Hey, it's not for everyone.
  3. Wearing a blusher - It's really not for everyone. I'm still not sure what to do ... (But because the unveiling can be an especially emotional part of a Jewish ceremony, I think I'm gonna go for it.)
  4. Having an equal bridesmaids to groomsmen ratio - No one's really going to notice or care if you have a gaggle of besties, and your guy only has his three bros. And a good photog can arrange the bridal party so your pics look awesome.
  5. Putting the carriage before the marriage - It's not just celebs like Kim Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari, or Jessica Simpson doing it these days. Sometimes it just happens that you get pregnant before becoming a bride -- or you find yourself a pregnant bride!
  6. Sleeping apart the night before - In this day and age of most couples living together for years before they say "I do," no one says you have to spend your last night as a Miss without your Mister. If you're more comfortable being together, consider what my friend said she and her hubby did: "We slept together the night before our wedding, woke up, and said, 'Let's do this!'"
  7. Having "photogenic," designer shoes - Some brides totally freak out over having the right Louboutins, because someone's going to see them -- even if it's just the photographer! But every bride's priority should be comfort -- whether they're walking down the aisle in Jimmy Choos, Toms, or flip-flops!
  8. Wearing a white dress - Who say it has to be white? Or long? Or anything other than what you want to wear on your wedding day ...
  9. Writing separate vows or writing your own vows at all - You may want to write them together or stick to the traditional and/or religious ones.
  10. Skipping the "cheesy" traditions - Some brides get hung up on being unique and different that they actually pass on doing some of the things they would have liked to do. Do what you want!
  11. Going on the honeymoon right away - Sometimes, airfare is cheaper a week or 10 days after your wedding. Sometimes, you have to do a mini-moon instead. Or wait a year for your big trip.
  12. Having what most would consider a traditional wedding at all - If eloping or pulling a Zuckerberg or going to town hall is more your thing, do it!

What wedding rule did you break or do you feel was meant to be broken?


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sssdnm sssdnm

We broke a couple! The biggest one we broke was getting pregnant! I started planning the wedding and got pregnant a month later! We are so happy with our baby boy I wouldn't change anything!



Also we slept with eachother the night before! We were so nervous it was more calming to be together!

the4m... the4mutts

If I were to get married again, I wouldnt bother with ANY "rules". I would do what made me happy. There will be no bridesmaids/groomsmen, I already have 4 kids (3 with my xh), I wont wear white, or invite people I dont TRULY want there. No churches, no pastors, no "god" in my wedding.

The only rule I will have, is an officiant that will pronounce our names correctly. When I married my xh, she thought calling him "Eddy" sounded better than his name. He's guatemalen, and his name is Edson. She didnt discuss this with us before the ceremony, and we were both offended by that, and by the fact that she called me Leslie twice. My name is Lindsay Renee, and I have gone by my middle name since I was 18. So Renee & Leslie.. yeah, nowhere near close.

mommy... mommytojack0524

I skipped the throwing of the bouquet and the garter. I was single until I was 37, and I'd been dragged to the throwing of the bouquet so many times. It got very embarassing to be at a family wedding and be the only single, grown woman there, trying to appear dignified standing there while my 10 year old cousins are trying to catch the bouquet. I wouldn't do that to my single friends for anything.

Silve... Silvernail

Wearing white is a new tradition anyway, when my grandma got married 60 years ago she wanted a blue dress but her mom made her get a white one. She told me that back then you could get wedding dresses in light blue, pink, or white.

the4m... the4mutts

Silvernail- ahww poor grandma :( colored dresses are so pretty! I dont have plans to get married, but I want pictures of me in a blue wedding dress LoL

nonmember avatar Ashley

I didn't wear shoes for my wedding. I had a fall wedding and it was still warm out and half the time I'm running around without shoes anywhere. Why spend hundreds of dollars on shoes you wear once? I had my maid of honor and my husband had a bestman and two groomsmen. I didn't make my bridesmaid spend hundreds of dollars on a dress either. I told her to find something she liked in red. She found a beautiful dress at goodwill for ten bucks. I was very happy with the way it turned out. This year will be three years we have been married and were doing our honeymoon to cedar point.

nonmember avatar Ashley

I didn't wear shoes for my wedding. I had a fall wedding and it was still warm out and half the time I'm running around without shoes anywhere. Why spend hundreds of dollars on shoes you wear once? I had my maid of honor and my husband had a bestman and two groomsmen. I didn't make my bridesmaid spend hundreds of dollars on a dress either. I told her to find something she liked in red. She found a beautiful dress at goodwill for ten bucks. I was very happy with the way it turned out. This year will be three years we have been married and were doing our honeymoon to cedar point. And our daughter. Was a year old!

Silve... Silvernail

The4mutts - she was happy she honored her moms wishes because she passed away soon after the wedding.

the4m... the4mutts

Well now I say "ahww :(" again

nonmember avatar SusannahJoy

My husband is in the military, and we needed to move right after the wedding, but it takes time for the spouse to get added to his orders, so the rule we broke? We were technically already married. We went to the courthouse a couple weeks after he proposed, and had the wedding a few months later. Our anniversary is the wedding day, the other day was just signing paperwork. We didn't consider ourselves married until we stood up in front of all our friends and family and pledged our lives to each other.

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