How Real Couples Put a New Spin on Old Wedding Traditions

Ceremony & Vows, Planning Tips

Something old, something new... Maybe it's your dress, fresh-out-of-the-box Christian Louboutins, or a just-bought piece of jewelry that's acting as your "something new" for your ceremony. But your "something new" doesn't need to be something physical. In fact, it could be a fresh or unique spin on a classic wedding tradition. We asked real brides to share how they personalized timeless big-day traditions to help inspire your own nuptials.

"In my family, we carried on a 'tradition' by being married by the same guy who performed my parents ceremony 34 1/2 years earlier. What an honor that was! We figured it was good luck. After 35 years now, they're still going strong!" — Kelley D.

"We're thinking about doing a 'ring warming ceremony.'" — Liana S.

"Instead of saving our cake for our one-year anniversary, we will be getting a nice bottle of Scotch." — Dianne T.

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"We are thinking of doing our first dance after we walk down the aisle, outside in front of all of our guests and before photos. We feel it will be romantic." — Jillian R.

See More: 6 Wedding Traditions You Shouldn't Feel Bad About Skipping

"We did a twist on the unity candle: Instead of our mothers lighting candles, they carried up our wedding bands. The bands were hung in a picture frame until we were ready for them. It definitely became a special thing — my mother-in-law passed away less than 90 days after our wedding." — Rachael W.

"We're going to do a tree-planting ceremony rather than the usual unity candle or sand ceremony." — Crystal R.

"We did a Native American wedding vase ceremony in honor of my heritage. My aunt (the closest person to being my mother) read a Native American poem about marriage, and then my husband and I drank water from the two-spouted vase." — Amanda I.

"We honored all of our grandmothers at our wedding ceremony during a special song with a rose and a thank you for the inspiration and love they have shown us all of our lives. There was also a photo of grandparents who had passed with a rose for each at the entrance to the aisle." — Danielle C.

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