There are so many different traditions a couple can incorporate into their wedding reception. Only you all can decide which is right for the two of you. But, if you ask us, there are definitely some traditions that are almost always a part of the celebration. Here are, traditionally, the top-5 wedding traditions almost every couples chooses to incorporate in some way.


  1. Exchanging Vows

Tradition Explained: This is what a wedding is all about. It’s always been a known tradition to make a promise to one another to sanctify your marriage. The vows are then sealed with a ring. Rings date back to when the bride’s ring was seen as a symbol of ownership and has since advanced to groom’s getting rings, so the ownership is equal! It was a myth that the ring finger contained a vein that linked to the heart, which is why it became the ring finger. It’s since been debunked, but it was a cute thought!


Personalize the Tradition: Write your own vows or exchange custom vows ahead of time. You can also get your rings engraved with your names, date or a special message.


  1. Unity Ceremony

Tradition Explained: The traditional unity candle ceremony was a way to show two families coming together as one. Each mother would lit a candle at the beginning of the ceremony. Then, during the ceremony the couple would each take the candle their mothers lit and light one candle together, signifying the unity of the two sides. Now, there are so many different types of unity ceremonies, but they all share the same message.

Personalize the Tradition: Pick a type of unity ceremony that speaks to you. Use sand from your favorite beach spot. Use dirt from each of your childhood homes. The possibilities are endless.


  1. First Dance

Tradition Explained: Taken from the tradition at balls when the guests of honor shared the first dance before everyone else was allowed on the dance floor, a first dance at a wedding is somewhat similar. Aside from the fact that it is always such a sweet moment to watch the couple soaking in their time together.


Personalize the Tradition: We love when the song the couple dances to has meaning behind it, like if it’s by an artist that you two saw in concert for the first time together or if it’s a song from your favorite movie. Or maybe you surprise each other with the song choice. You can also add in a private last dance to end the night for a special moment with just the two of you.


  1. Cake Cutting

Tradition Explained: Like most things on wedding day, the tradition of cake cutting goes back to good luck. Plus, cake is delicious, so why not? Even couples who are not so keen on cake or are doing an alternative dessert option almost always have at least a small cake to cut on wedding day so they can take part in the tradition.


Personalize the Tradition: Use engraved or family-owned cake cutters to cut your cake. Design a custom cake to match your wedding style and even customize the cake flavors to go along with your season – lemon in the spring and spice cake in the fall.


  1. Bouquet Toss/Garter Removal

Tradition Explained: Even though the most common thought is that the bouquet toss is done to find the next lucky lady who will get married, it actually originated as a distraction technique so the bride and groom could sneak away, and you know, seal the deal. Then, everyone would anxiously await their return and the garter toss, meaning the groom had his proof that the deed was done.


Personalize the Tradition: Instead of throwing your bouquet, get a specific toss bouquet so the lucky lady can take it home with her as a memento. For the garter, do the same thing and get a specific one for throwing if you want to keep one yourself. You can also surprise your groom with a garter of his favorite sports team or school mascot.


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