Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Wedding Planning

Starting a Wedding Tradition

Written by Georgia Watson, Enchantment, weddingsbygeorgia.com
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Using a family wedding tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation can make your wedding more meaningful. Looking to start a family tradition for your wedding that can be past down to your children and their children?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Place pennies from the years you and your fiance were born in each other's shoes - for good luck.
  • Have the bridesmaids sign the bottoms of your shoes before the ceremony begins. Whomever's name is visible at the end of the day, is to be the one who will marry next.
  • Have your seamstress sew a small pocket into the lining of your dress to hold the "something old, something blue".
  • Create a unique bouquet for each bridesmaid to carry. Tie a personal message to it for them to read before the ceremony. They may keep it as a gift./span>
  • If you have lost your mother or father before your wedding day, commemorate him/her at the wedding with a single red rose inserted into the bouquet of the bride. At the end of the aisle, the bride presents it to the parent who places it in the empty seat next to them.
  • Have a groom's throw. Have the groom throw his "black book" or throw bouquets to both sexes like they did in the 14th century.
  • At the beginning of your reception, start with a dance. Ask the DJ or Master of Ceremonies to ask couples to join the dance floor. Little by little narrow the dance floor. Have the DJ ask: "whomever has been married for 1-3 years, kindly take your seats." Then 4-8 years, then 9-12 years. And so on. Whoever is the last remaining couple, the bride presents a bouquet to her in hopes that she and her husband might be married as many years.
  • Ask the guests to wear one of 3 colors of your choice - a new twist on having theme weddings. Decorate the ceremony and reception using those 3 colors.
  • Have a 100 - 200 piece puzzle made from a favorite photo of the two of you. Ask guests to sign the back of one piece on their way into the reception (in lieu of the guest book). A great keepsake for years to come.
  • Collect love letters the two of you wrote to one another throughout the years. Have them read by members of the wedding party throughout the reception.
  • Dim the lights and have the guest light small candles placed at their seats. Then have the bride and groom introduction/dance to their favorite love song. This makes for a romantic touch!
  • Write your own lyrics to a love song and have the band put it to music at the reception.
  • Write a personal message to each guest inside his or her place card - what a great introduction!
  • Instead of using table numbers, use names for the tables. For example, use cities you have been, names of flowers in your bouquet, even titles of your favorite love songs.
  • Donate all the leftover food and cake to a homeless shelter after the reception. Have the DJ announce this grand gesture!