Wedding dresses come in all shapes and sizes and can be customized to fit the bride’s individual tastes.
It’s nice to have options but so many options can make it hard to choose. Veil or no veil? Short or long dress? What color? Who picks the dress?
Tradition states that the bride chooses the dress but in today’s world traditions are often being broken in favor of personalized choices. In fact, when Katie Couric got married it was her fiancé that offered lots of input on the dress. He helped her narrow the choices down to an ivory beaded and embroidered Chantilly lace gown.
Other examples of traditions going by to the wayside are brides walking down the aisle with the groom instead of the traditional act of being escorted and given away. We may see this trend increase in popularity especially in second marriages.
Also it has been traditionally stated that it is the bride and groom are not to stay together before the wedding. However in a tighter economy and a more relaxed society, cohabitation is a much more appealing so this tradition is commonly overlooked.
Brides choosing another color over white is also becoming a popular choice as well as other options in bridal footwear besides fancy high heels. Different colors are being chosen to complement the wedding colors and brides are even wearing flip-flops or other low-key options, favoring function over form.
The options are almost limitless and whether or not you follow tradition is entirely up to you. It is your day after all!