Wedding Rules that You Can Break!
#1: You Must Have an Even Number of Bridesmaids and Groomsmen in Your Wedding Party
I think it’s perfectly fine to throw this rule out the window. I’ve seen too many brides choose “one more” bridesmaid to make it even and it was someone they might have not asked previously. It makes it awkward for the entire group! I also don’t think it is fair to have the groom need to eliminate one of his buddies to accommodate for an even number!
#2: The Couple Should Not See Each Other Before the Ceremony
Every photographer we have talked to has told us you HAVE to do the “first-look” photo before the wedding. The reason for this is that when the groom is in front of everyone, sometimes their nerves end up making their first reaction in seeing you walk down the aisle, a little less emotional than what they would have normally expressed. It also takes the nerves away, being able to see your other half prior to the big ceremony. The photographer is also able to take pictures prior to the ceremony of the entire wedding party, so the only pics remaining after the ceremony will be maybe family pics. This allows for less of a break between the ceremony and reception, which most guests will agree, is nice!
#3: The Bride’s Family Foots the Bill
It has always been the norm for people to expect the bride’s family to pay for the wedding, while the groom’s family pays for the flowers, rehearsal dinner and normally the photographer. These days, how the family chooses to split the bill is determined by their individual financial situation and budget. Many couples are footing the bill themselves, because most of the time, their parents have paid for their college and many other things up until this point. Everyone’s financial situation is different and I would not force either party to pay for our wedding when we are able to budget it ourselves. In my opinion, it is also the smartest way to make sure you are sticking to a budget, because you are MUCH more aware of what is being spent when it is your money! I think all parties should only contribute WHAT THEY CAN…that is plenty!