Wedding Traditions: What We’re Keeping and What We’re Skipping

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Popular London Lifestyle blogger, Mollie Moore, shares which wedding traditions she's keeping and skipping

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I feel like I’m constantly saying this, but I truly can’t believe how quickly our engagement has flown by. With all of the bigger items checked off our to-do list, we’re now into the final stages of prep and planning. We’ve really started to focus on the details, such as name cards and guest gifts. We’ve also been considering which wedding traditions we would like to honor on our big day. I immediately turned to WeddingWire, because there are so many different wedding traditions it can get overwhelming! I loved reading the meaning behind this popular tradition, as well as learning the 15 wedding superstitions you may want to follow. WeddingWire has been a true blessing for planning a New York wedding from London – they are a fantastic global resource for all things weddings! After gathering more info, we we’re better able to decide which wedding traditions would have the most meaning to us.


  1. First look: I’ve got to be honest, I was really against having a first look. I wanted the moment we first see each other to be when I’m walking down the aisle. However, I had to admit that having a first look just works better for our wedding. I want to be able to enjoy our cocktail hour and reception, and not be worried about getting all of our group photos in. This way, the majority of the photos will be finished before the ceremony even begins (don’t worry – we’ll be sneaking out after we make things official to get a few just-married shots!)
  2. Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue: I couldn’t help but want to partake in this classic wedding tradition. It just wouldn’t feel right not to! Connor even has a little something blue of his own – I’m not going to share the items until after the big day though. I’m still on the hunt for something borrowed, so any suggestions would be welcome!
  3. Traditional wedding vows: We both knew that we wanted to have traditional wedding vows instead of writing our own. I honestly don’t think I would be able to get through my own vows without bawling my eyes out! Plus, writing our own vows would put a lot of pressure on both of us to come up with perfect words.
  4. Bride and groom gifts: I think there is something so sentimental about picking out something for your future spouse on your wedding day. It’s something that both of us can treasure for the rest of our lives. We will also be writing each other cards, which is almost our way of exchanging personal vows.
  5. First dance: This seems like such special moment at every wedding, so we couldn’t pass it up at our own!


  1. Groom’s cake: Connor doesn’t even like cake, so having a groom’s cake was totally unnecessary for us. He is having his own special dessert however, but I’m going to wait until after the wedding to share it!
  2. Bouquet & garter toss: I’ve never loved the idea of calling out all of our single friends and forcing them to participate in this silly tradition. Plus, we don’t even have that many single friends anymore! I just think it’s a bit outdated.
  3. Being walked down the aisle: Traditionally, the groom walks down with his mother and the bride walks down with her father. For our wedding, we have both decided to walk down the aisle on our own.
  4. Wearing a veil: I can’t explain why, but I’ve always known I would never wear a veil at my wedding. It’s just too traditional for me! I’m not going to lie, I had some serious second thoughts after seeing Megan Markle’s stunning cathedral veil, but I’m sticking to my gut and going without.
  5. First dances with parents: While we couldn’t let go of our own first dance, we decided to omit the traditional first dance with our parents. We keep calling our wedding more of a garden-style dinner party than a typical wedding. We won’t even have a dance floor (that’s for the after party 😉 ), so for these reasons we decided to skip this tradition.

What wedding traditions did you / do you think you’ll keep for your wedding day? I would love to hear about it!

xx Mollie

*** A special thank you to WeddingWire for partnering on this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. ***

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  1. August 29, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    I love that you are making your wedding your own! for walking down the aisle, I had my parents walk me down the aisle and had his parents walk him down. That way both of our parents get to experience it!

  2. August 29, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    So excited for you & your big day – can’t wait to see pictures!!

  3. August 29, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    Ive seen so many friends using wedding wire lately – it seems like an awesome site. as far as a suggestion for something borrowed- go with jewelry! A simple bracleet or pair of earrings from a close family member or friend is always a great idea that you will look back on and cherish.

  4. August 29, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    It is great that you are making it your own and not just doing things for the sake of. Enjoyed reading your plans. You will make a beautiful bride.


  5. August 30, 2018 / 12:37 am

    I love that you are breaking tradition and doing your own thing for your wedding. It sounds like it will be beautiful!


  6. Meghan
    August 30, 2018 / 1:39 am

    You’re doing Exactly what i did at mine a few years back… no rEgrets!! gLad i stayed true to us then and Still ❤️

  7. August 30, 2018 / 5:59 am

    I love this!! I love that you are focusing on what you guys like, instead of what everyone usually does. And love that you are doing the first look! Those are always so sweet.

    cute & little

  8. August 30, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    Eeek two months away…it will be here before you know it! I had my mom walk me down the aisle and we didn’t do a first look. I wish we would have done a first look thought because we had a evening wedding and we could have had some pictures outside!


  9. August 30, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    We did traditional wedding vows too, it was so much easier and less pressure! I would’ve been bawling my eyes out after the first 2 sentences!

    Can you borrow something from your mom or a relative for a piece of jewelry?

  10. Liz
    August 30, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    That is so exciting! We stayed away from a lot of the more traditional thigns too!

  11. August 30, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    SO awesome of you for sticking to your guns and truly making your wedding your own! I regret not doing a first look because I feel we could have got so many other photos. I was stuck on being traditional. Wish I had seen this post three years ago! xo

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