A conversation over in the forums this week got me thinking about wedding traditions — specifically wedding traditions that seem outdated or don’t reflect modern lifestyles and values but still hang around (think: bridal showers; bouquet toss to the single ladies; dads giving away the brides). I’m also thinking about fairly new traditions – like engagement parties — that weren’t necessary but now add more obligation (of money and time) from the couple’s loved ones. Like, why are there so many events celebrating one milestone? Isn’t a bachelor/bachelorette party + the wedding enough? Why do people need more gifts — which is the whole point of a shower (to “shower gifts on the honoree”) on top of the wedding gifts they’re going to get, especially when so many couples are marrying older and after establishing a home together?
What wedding traditions would you be happy to never see/take part in again? Are there any you love? Do you have a favorite tradition – old or new — from your own wedding or a wedding you’ve been to?