• Past Wedding Traditions You Can Make Your Own

    We find that there is a common question that comes up among brides when planning their wedding: “what is traditional?”

    While there are things that used to be considered traditional, more couples are starting to let go of what their parents did and doing things their way.

    Don’t get us wrong, if there is a tradition that is rooted in your religion or culture, by all means carry on that tradition, we want to respect and recognize the things that make you who you are.

    If you’re planning your wedding and keep asking yourself “do I have to do that?” we’re going to break down some well known traditions that you can skip all together, or upgrade with your own personal twist!

    The first look This is the only exception where we say yes, but only because the first look is going to happen at some point! How you have your first look is completely up to you though. It had been said to be bad luck if the couple saw each other prior to walking down the aisle but couples are no longer abiding by that rule.

    Whether you choose to hold hands but not see each other or do a private, secluded first look with just the two of you, there are many ways to have a “first look.” Separate sides at the ceremony You’re bringing everyone together to celebrate your love, so why try to keep people separate?

    You’ve probably seen signs that say “pick a seat, not a side…” and this couldn’t be more true! Tip:

    If you will be allowing guests to sit where they choose, reserve the first two rows on each side for the parents and grandparents or any other immediate family. Bride standing on the left side While it has been common for the bride to stand on the left and the groom on the right, this is no longer something that people follow.

    Especially as we celebrate same-sex couples, we don’t want anyone to feel they have to label themselves and stand on that designated side. Stand on whichever side makes you the most comfortable or if you photograph better on one side than the other, stand on that side! Saying vows during the ceremony While it can be sweet to hear your significant other confess their love for you in front of all of your family and friends, you don’t have to say your vows during the ceremony. Vows can be incredibly personal so if you would like, opt for saying these during your first look together.

    The bouquet or garter toss Don’t want to single out your partnerless friends or not exactly a fan of the history behind the garter toss? Not to worry! Instead, opt for something like an anniversary dance or a newlywed game. Just because it was tradition then doesn’t mean it’s tradition now! Tradition is whatever you want it to be so go on and mix it up, start something new, or nix it all together. It’s your day, do it YOUR way!

  • How to Save Money on a Las Vegas Wedding

    If you are planning to get married in Las Vegas and are hoping to find a wedding deal, you are in luck. Many wedding chapels and other wedding locations in Las Vegas offer special deals that can save you money on your wedding. The best way to get a deal is to have your wedding on a weekday.

    Many Las Vegas wedding sites including chapels often offer special packages that allow you to save money for having your ceremony during the week when they are typically not as busy. A lot of times this can save you anywhere from a hundred to a thousand dollars or more depending on the package and location.

    Some Las Vegas wedding sites will also offer specials on packages if you have your ceremony early in the day instead of in the evening. Be sure to avoid holidays when chapels are the busiest and packages can often cost more. Also be sure to check each Las Vegas wedding chapel’s website. Many of them run monthly specials or offer deals if you book your wedding package through the website.

    Many Las Vegas wedding locations will also offer seasonal specials for their down times. Outdoor or garden locations for instance sometimes run specials for the winter and summer months when their sites may not be as popular. If you are planning a wedding reception in Las Vegas, some locations will offer you deals on your ceremony if you also hold your wedding reception at their site.

    This is convenient for you and your guests as well, since you don’t have to worry about rushing off to a separate location for the reception. If you are hoping to find a deal and save money on your Las Vegas wedding it can be done. Las Vegas has a lot to offer when it comes to weddings. With a little time and patience, and some diligent research, you can find a location and package that fits your needs, wants, and budget!