5 Old School Wedding Traditions Worth Keeping Around (And One to Kick to the Curb)

September 26th, 2017 | Ali Brownrigg

Today’s weddings are all about personalization—how can you make the experience a reflection of you two as a couple?

While you’re scanning wedding websites and pinning on Pinterest like crazy, be sure to keep in mind that some traditions are still around for a reason.

Tactful Engagement Announcements

Don’t broadcast your engagement to the world on social media before telling those closest to you. You know we love a good Instagram shot of a ring here at Blue Nile, but those can come later. Don’t let your peeps hear the news from a Facebook friend.


Hire a Photographer

Don’t rely on crowd-sourced images of your big day. You’ll cherish the shots that only a professional can pull off, like first looks and a group shot of the whole family.

Day-Of Gifts for Your Wedding Party

Those groomsmen and maids went to great lengths to ensure that your big day—and the lead up to it—was memorable and fun-filled. Don’t forget to thank them for their time and effort with small, but meaningful gifts.

Escort Cards

Your wedding is the perfect time for everyone in your separate lives to get to know each other and the table seating arrangements is a perfect way to do so. Mix and mingle friends and family


Cutting Cake

Gone are the days of a mandatory three-tiered white wedding cake. You can go your own way with the main dessert. Pies? Sure. Cupcakes? Perfect. Just be sure to have a small cake for the ceremonial first bite. Smashing said bite in each other’s face: definitely not mandatory.

Be Gone: Gender-Specific Wedding Parties

Why limit yourself to groomsmen and bridesmaids? Groomsmaids and bridesmen do the job just as well.

All photos by Michèle M. Waite

September 26th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg