Wedding Traditions We Broke, Part 2

Today’s post is the second half of a mini series talking about the wedding traditions Colton and decided just weren’t for us.  We both loved and hated the wedding planning process.  We were able to mold the day into something that was uniquely ours, and that sometimes meant eliminating classic wedding traditions from the timeline.  Part one of the mini series focused on the traditions we broke for the ceremony and today we’re talking about the reception.

Read part one of this series here!

Photos by Sterling Imageworks and I Love Us Photography.

Designed My Own Save The Dates, Invitations, and Programs

I scoured websites like Minted, The Knot, and Basic Invite for the perfect designs for the save the dates, invites, and programs but I couldn’t find anything that perfectly fit what I wanted. The prices of everything also made me sick! Let’s be honest, these sheets of paper are going to be thrown out by your guests as soon as (if not before) the wedding day so why, oh why should I spend hundreds on them?? I ended up drawing inspiration from a few different designs I found online and designed each card myself in Photoshop. I then had them printed through Basic Invite by using the Upload Your Own Design feature on their site. Here’s a huge money saving tip: At the time I was ordering each product, Basic Invite had a 40% off sale on anything baby shower related. I chose the Upload Your Own Baby Shower Invitation Design and printed all of my save the dates, invites, and programs with a 40% off discount!

No Garter Toss

Honestly, the thought of Colton lifting up my dress and pulling an undergarment down my leg in front of my family, friends, coworkers, and pastors made my stomach turn. So we decided to forgo the symbolic gesture of the groom “deflowering” the bride in front of their wedding guests.

No Groom’s Cake

Colton didn’t care if we had a groom’s cake or not, so we just didn’t.  One wedding cake was more than enough for us and our guests on the day of, and to take home later!

Not Freezing The Top Tier Of Our Cake

To be totally honest, this tradition has always grossed me out! Colton, my parents, and I snacked on the leftover wedding cake for a couple of weeks after the wedding instead of saving some for May 2019. No regrets.

No Wedding Favors

This was both a budget and personal decision cut. As a wedding guest, I don’t need another drink cozy that says “To have and to hold and to keep your drink cold.” It was cute five years ago, but now it’s just unoriginal. I couldn’t think of another favor idea that wasn’t cheesy or junky, so we just nixed the idea completely. Instead, we had our cake baker create Empire State Building shaped cookies for guests to nibble on after brunch or take with them for the road.

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We Didn’t Give Each Other Gifts

This may sound cheesy, but Colton and I agreed that our wedding day and honeymoon would be our gifts to each other. We had just bought our house and were paying for the honeymoon so we decided it wasn’t necessary to give each other any type of special gift for the wedding.

Opted for a “mini-moon”

While a lot of people we know opted for a full-on vacation on an exotic island, we chose a simple drive to Galveston, Texas for our honeymoon.  We spent the week sun bathing on the beach, shopping, and eating our weight in seafood.  We didn’t care where we went on our honeymoon, as long as were somewhere on a beach together.

Photo by I Love Us Photography

Photography: Sterling Imageworks

Dress: Low’s Bridal and Formal Shoppe

Hair: Sheena Branstetter of Tiffany’s Salon & Spa

Suits: ASOS

Flowers: Johnson Floral Company

Ceremony: First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs

Reception: Hot Springs Golf & Country Club

Cake & Cookies: Ambrosia Bakery

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