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To cake or not to cake?

Weddings are a celebration of two people joining their lives together, and typically we celebrate this union with cake but what if these two people don't like cake? How can these two people come together without cake you ask? Lots of ways!  

Cake Alternatives
 

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From Macarons, donuts and even cananolis will keep guests on their toes while still satisfying their sweet tooth! Even a traditional wedding can feature a non-traditional wedding cake alternative!

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Style Watch: Non Traditional Wedding Gowns

In our love for everything wedding, we keep an eye out for styles and trends that are becoming more popular.  Lately, some wedding gowns are getting some attention for being a unique and down right drool-worthy! Vera Wang Blush Gown Image Via Greylikesweddings.com

Black Wedding Gown Image via Elizabethannedesigns.com

Goldweddingdress Image via Bajanwed.com

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Not So Traditional? Not To Worry!

Do you consider yourself a non-traditional couple?  If so, you may be questioning if you really need to follow all of the wedding customs like wearing a veil, not seeing each other before the wedding, or wearing boutonnieres and corsages.  While it is completely up to you if you decide to skip these traditions, you might be suprised how these types of details makes it "feel" like a wedding.  Where do these traditions come from anyway? Boutonnieres Traditionally, the flower was placed in the button hole of the man’s suit or tuxedo. However, these days, most bouts are pinned directly to the man’s lapel, a long standing trend that aging French women still scoff at. Alternatives: Pocket Sqaures, non-floral boutonnieres such as feathers, fabric, twine etc.   http://www.bluebouquet.com/2009/02/27/boutonnieres-and-weddings-the-history-and-the-trends/ Bridal Bouquet The bridal bouquet today is anything from lilies to roses or orchids or a combination or many beautiful exotic or ordinary flowers.  The use of flowers in a bridal bouquet started off as a way to symbolize fertility and everlasting love.  Before flowers, many brides carried bouquet of garlic, herbs and grain to ward off evil spirits.

Ceremony Seating, Why on the Left? Have you ever wondered why the bride’s family is seated on the left side of the church and the groom’s side is seated on the right? The tradition stems from medieval times when men wore swords on their right side. It is said they needed that side free in order to draw their sword and protect his bride. Alternative: Open seating for guests to sit where they please, except for reserved seating.

 

The Veil The Tradition: The introduction of the veil came into  Europe during the time of the Crusades.  In early weddings the bride was  bargained for through her father. Covered in a veil, she was revealed  to her husband after the ceremony.  Brides also wore orange blossom  wreaths in the hair on top of the veil, which is where the tiara could  have originated from.  Veils were used as a symbol of virginity and  purity for brides given to their mates. http://rosiewedding.com/2011/01/31/wedding-veils-and-what-they-represent/ Alternative: If the idea of wearing a veil doesn't appeal to you, consider an alternative such as not covering your face, or skipping one altogether.  Photo Courtesy of http://www.lovemydress.net/blog/2011/07/1940s-bridesmaids-dresses-1940s-wedding-dress.html

Happy Planning! ___________________________________________________________

Additional Resources for Non-Traditional Weddings: Non-Traditional Wedding Venues The Nontraditional Wedding