If some wedding traditions strike you as being as stale as old wedding cake — excuse our pun! — you're not alone. "Couples are going to so many weddings and seeing the same thing over and over again — they want to see something new and fresh," says Melissa McNeeley, owner of Events by Melissa McNeeley. Here, the planner offers ways to put a spin on four big-day traditions.
Branch out past a bridal shower: Not into the idea of a pink-patterned, all-girls feté? Throw a "stock our bar" party, where your guy and girl pals can bring the makings for your first home bar, says McNeeley. "Showers are becoming less precious," she explains, "and having a co-ed party is a nice way for close friends to get together."
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__Cut out the cake:__Instead of having a single cake, offer guests a spread of pies. Top your favorite gooey confection — apple pie, anyone? — with a cake topper to make it stand out, says McNeeley.
__Toss your bouquet:__Not at the end of the evening, mind you — we mean from the beginning. "Consider holding a single flower," suggests McNeeley. Or if you'd like to hold something that will last long after your wedding day, opt for a bouquet made of paper flowers.
__Put a spin on speeches:__Give your maid-of-honor and best man a day-of pass on their toasts by asking them to prepare something ahead of time. They could record a short film, McNeeley suggests, that could be played at the reception. "A best man at a recent wedding did that," McNeeley recalls. "He interviewed strangers about weddings and asked for their marriage advice. It was hilarious and sweet!"
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