One of the biggest pressures for Brides in the lead-up to the Wedding is trying to meet everyone’s demands. From the family to the Bridesmaids, everyone has their own opinions and it can be tricky to figure out what information is helpful and what information isn’t.

So, we’ve spoken to past-Brides to get the most common ‘suggestions’ that really AREN’T a necessity for you to have the Wedding of your dreams.

1. Professional Dancing Classes

Not only is this time-consuming, but it can be costly and most of the time, you and your Groom-to-Be can practice in the privacy of your own home (while watching YouTube tutorials!). The only reasons you need to take professional classes are if you’re both horrible dancers (guilty!) or if you want the first dance to be choreographed.

2. Engagement Photos

Engagement photos are fun and a fantastic way to remember your first days as fiancés, but if you aren’t comfortable doing it… don’t! Some Brides are choosing to forgo this tradition because of the extra expense (it can be more than $1,000 for a shoot), plus, if you’re planning on getting married quickly, you’ve got all the Wedding photos to look forward to!

3. Standard 3-Course Meal

Serving a formal three-course meal used to be the only option for a Wedding, but these days, the sky’s the limit. From lavish banquets to canapes and buffets, don’t feel as though you need to stick to serving alternate plates of chicken and lamb.

4. Wedding Cake

This one’s for all the Brides and Grooms who don’t have a sweet-tooth (from what I understand, there are still a few of these strange species left!). Instead of the traditional decorated Wedding cake, you can opt for a cheese cake (a cake made from wheels of cheese). Alternatively, skip the cake and just serve dessert or a lolly bar.

5. A Rehearsal Dinner

Unless you’ve got an elaborate ceremony planned or there are specific religious or cultural traditions you need in the ceremony, a rehearsal dinner isn’t a must. Most of us have been to plenty of Weddings and know the basics of aisle-walking and saying ‘I do’.

6. Seating Charts

This is the bane of every Bride’s existence. It takes hours to perfect the art of the seating chat, from making sure the divorced friends are seated as far away as possible to perfecting the coordination of the ‘single’s table’. What if we told you that’s it’s not a necessity? Brides, if it’s causing you too much stress, keep the Bridal Party table reserved and let guests find their own seat.

7. White Wedding Dress

We love a white Wedding gown, but if you’d rather a bright coloured or patterned gown instead – do it! It’ll make the Wedding even more memorable and you’ll be happier in the long run.

Main image from Rob and Krystal’s Wedding. Photography by Lauren Michelle.

Posted in Expert Advice, Planning by wedded wonderland

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