The Wedding Clichés: A Few I Can’t Stand and One I Can’t Help but Love

We don’t live in a cookie cutter world, so what I don’t understand is why everyone insists on having a cookie cutter wedding? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – it’s something boring! Why have a boring wedding in the name of tradition? There’s no fun in that. I’d rather be original, or at least as original as possible, and not indulge myself in the worst wedding clichés in human history.


1)  Reading Corinthians


There must be another verse in the Bible that talks about love, right? If I’m not mistaken, there’s an entire book called “The Song of Solomon” which describes a love story, and that’s just one example. Or, better yet, quote Wordsworth, Pablo Neruda, Sonny and Cher – you can do better than Corinthians.


2)  Cake Smashing


I don’t know why newlywed couples get some sort of sick pleasure out smashing cake into each other’s faces in front of their wedding guests. Not only is it overdone, it’s disrespectful to the person you’re about to spend the rest of your life with. Fine, you can feed him or her cake, just don’t smash it.


3)  The Garter Throw/Bouquet Toss


Most people don’t know this, but the bouquet toss/garter throw doesn’t have its origins in savory traditions. Sure, it’s evolved over the years to preserve the modesty of the bride – but it still makes me uncomfortable.


4)  Pachelbel’s Canon in D


Wedding music in general, from the processional to the reception, is fraught with painful clichés, but the one I dislike the most is Pachelbel’s Canon. I’m not certain who decided that this would be the reigning processional song of all time – maybe the same person who decided that Mother-in-laws would be difficult people to get along with and that a bride should always wear white on her wedding day. Like many wedding clichés, this one needs to be nixed. There are thousands of beautiful songs that are classical and traditional that aren’t Pachelbel. Shop around, you may amaze yourself by what you discover.


5)  Your Mom’s Wedding Dress


With all the beautiful styles of wedding dresses out there, why on earth would you settle for the dress your mom bought brand new when it was her turn to walk down the aisle? You deserve a fresh look, one that suits your unique style. Besides, wedding dress shopping is one of the most fun parts of wedding preparations – don’t rob yourself of the opportunity to try on dozens of dresses. You’ll feel like a princess, and on the day you walk down the aisle, you’ll look like one too.


Now, all that aside, there is one thing about weddings that, no matter how many times it’s been done, it’s still amazing. What is this magical category which somehow managed to escape my scorn?


Tiny Food


Now I’m not talking about peanuts and a veggie platter – but tapas style meal portions.

Many people find fault with this notion – basically because they think that small-sized nibbles at a wedding reception means their losing out on a free meal. This is quite untrue. Especially if you’re like me and you love food – it’s an opportunity to try a lot of little things all at once. Which simply sounds delicious.




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