6 Adorable Ways to Reinvent Traditions for A Beautiful LGBTQ+ Wedding
We all want our wedding to be perfect in every possible way. From the location to dresses and down to the flowers, we always want it to be as per our choice and taste. Although all weddings are fun and creative, they’re somewhat restricted by customs and traditions. However, LGBTQ+ weddings take the cake for creativity. This is because these couples have a huge amount of creative freedom when it comes to their special day. Therefore, one of the very best things about an LGBTQ+ wedding is that you can really decide to keep what you want while doing away with awful, old and stuffy conventional wedding customs, traditions and roles. Yes, you can literally make the day your own in the best way possible!
Wondering how customs and traditions can be creatively twisted and turned to create new and fabulous traditions? Well, here’s a special and fun list just for you.
6 Ways To Reinvent Traditions For A Beautiful LGBTQ+ Wedding
1. Don’t Be Confined By Labels
Every LGBTQ+ couple tying the knot should have the freedom to choose both their male or female friends to support them on this occasion. Brides shouldn’t be confined to just bridesmaids and grooms shouldn’t be confined to just groomsmen, they shouldn’t be stopped from mixing it all up. Why does it have to be confined by gender?
2. Do Away With Stuffy Traditional Outfits And Colours
Unlike our traditional colours of marriage like red, green or white, the brides and grooms can choose to wear pantsuits, dresses, gowns and even gorgeous lehengas of any colour ranging from dark shades to even rainbow-coloured, their dresses are their canvas alone. They can just have fun with it, break societal conventions and pick something that reflects them. Two of my friends recently wore rainbow sarees for their weddings, isn’t that adorable?
3. Creative Vows Mark An LGBTQ+ Wedding
Make your vows your own and get creative. You don’t have to stick to the civil or religious wedding declarations and contracting words, which are not at all inclusive of LGBTQ+ weddings. Making your own vows is a way of celebrating your union in your own unique way. Use your own story and emotions for your vows.
4. Joint Payments For The Wedding
In traditional weddings, the family of the bride pay for the preps but, this tradition can be trashed to bring about love and equality. LGBTQ+ couples can pay for their weddings together, making it an equal union that celebrates equality, true partnership and love. Marriage for LGBTQ+ couples is more than a formality entwined with traditions, it’s a celebration of their love which shouldn’t be a burden on one of them.
5. Prayers Can Be Minimised
A lot of LGBTQ+ people have a very hard time dealing with their complicated relationship with god. So, prayers can be minimised and replaced with something that is more neutral and acceptable of their love. Their union shouldn’t need the traditional blessing of prayers but just the well wishes of the people who genuinely appreciate and support them.
6. Fabulous DJ Entries Are Always Fun!
Usual traditional weddings have the grooms entering on horseback but this one-sided tradition can be replaced with a fun dance entry with DJ music where both parties can dance, compete and celebrate their special days together. I attended a wedding recently where both fabulous men did a dance competition-based entry. It was crazy and amazing.
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An LGBTQ+ couple’s wedding sounds like a dream wedding, doesn’t it? A wedding which truly celebrates the couple and is about them alone. This freedom is a chance for them to create their own traditions and customs. No restrictions and no conventions but just a day dedicated to their choices. Sounds beyond wonderful, doesn’t it?
Mehak Walia is an author and journalist who is addicted to psychology, true crime, Netflix, sarcasm, and makeup!