Jean’s Top 10 Tips for Planning Your Wedding – Part 6

6. There are very few hard and fast rules when it comes to weddings
Now I’m not talking Emily Post etiquette but the “you gotta do this or that” that well-meaning friends insist has to be included for a wedding to be “right.”

Other than obtaining a marriage license and having an officiant who can legally preside over a ceremony, there are truly no “shoulds” or “musts.”

Gone are the days when you married a hometown boy in the same church where everyone in town gets married, and have your reception in the same hall where everyone in town has theirs, with basically little variation on the food, cake, music, etc. from one couples wedding to the next. So, let yourself step “out-of-the-box” and see the wonderful options available.

Don’t let anyone talk you into something you truly don’t want. There’s no rule that says you have to have “The Stripper” played during the removal of the garter for the garter toss. You don’t have to have equal numbers of men and women in the bridal party. Your attendants don’t have to be female and your fiances don’t have to be male. If you have a male cousin or friend that you are especially close to, then why not ask him to be one of your attendants? There’s also no rule that says you have to wear white – or that you cannot wear white. In fact, it was Queen Victoria who thought out-of-the-box and broke tradition by wearing a white gown for her wedding to Prince Albert in 1840.

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