(Closed) What traditions are you leaving out of your small wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
9482 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

We left out:

  • Wedding party; we only had a Bridesmaid or Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor
  • Garter toss
  • Bouquet toss
  • No rehearsal dinner
  • No Father/Daughter dance; DH’s mom insisted on having a dance though
  • Sit-down dinner; it was a buffet and it was fabulous
  • Programs

..Hm, I think that’s it.

Post # 4
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Large ceremony, with teeny intimate dinner afterwards.

No dancing/musical entertainment.

No bouquet toss, garter throw.

Small cake, with minimal decorations (white frosting w/ maybe $20 of flowers to garnish).

No save the dates.

No crazy preparation meetings (meal tastings, hair trials, etc.)

Post # 5
7437 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We’re not having mother/son father/daughter dances, but I’m not in touch with my dad and he’s not in touch with his mom. No aisle runner, no receiving line, no DJ.

Post # 6
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We left out the garter toss & bouquet toss, programs, Save-The-Date Cards and receiving line.

Post # 7
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We left out almost all of those in our wedding. We had 11 guests. We didn’t have a reception, but took everyone out to dinner at a really nice resturant. So no dancing, no garter toos all that stuff. We did a cake cutting but the pics arnt that great. We also had a bbq for both of us instead of a bridal shower. We slept in our own bed at our house the night before.

No one really gave us grief, but I know people wonder why they werent invited. We just wanted small and simple and it was perfect 🙂

Post # 8
29 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

We’re not having a rehearsal dinner, just having a chill night with friends the night before.

Post # 9
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We left out:

  • Save the Dates
  • Slept in same bed night before
  • Traditional ceremony music (we used a violinist and all modern songs)
  • Aisle runner
  • Wedding party entrance
  • DJ (used iPod and a friend as MC)
  • No mother/son dance
  • No receiving line
  • No bouquet or garter toss
  • No sit-down meal


Post # 10
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We had no wedding party. No shower, bachelorette party or any pre-wedding stuff.

We had a ceremony and dinner. No bouquet or garter toss. So, basically all traditions were set aside. The ones we kept:

– didn’t see Darling Husband the day of the wedding before walking down the aisle

– my dad walked me down the aisle.

I’d say that’s about it.

Post # 11
9482 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

Oh, yes.  We didn’t do engagement pictures, Save-The-Date Cards, or anything like that!

Post # 12
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

We didn’t have an engagement party, didn’t send out Save the Dates, didn’t take engagement photos, weren’t allowed to have a runner at the church, and didn’t give out traditional favors.  We did something else insead.

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