Today, I feel like breaking traditions. A wedding is one of those life events in which traditions are still frequently observed. On the other hand, one would have to be blind not to notice that many of these traditions are now very superficial in nature, while others have been lightly imported from elsewhere in the world.

Don’t get me wrong – I like traditions. Traditions are the anchors that still hold on to us in a rapidly changing world. Globally, the whole idea of a wedding is a tradition with an origin dating back thousands of years. Yet, while in today’s modern society some people still celebrate traditional weddings, others may not celebrate their marriage at all, choosing instead simply to sign a marriage contract outlining the responsibilities of both parties. Personally, I believe that falling in love and choosing a life partner represents a monumental point in our lives that should be celebrated. The question is, how?

Traditions, of which frequently only the superficial details still remain, can be re-infused with new meaning. These are traditions that may have no bearing on your modern way of life, and could be replaced by others more unique and appropriate for you. For this reason, the marrying couple needs to decide based on their own preferences on such things as whether the bride will throw the bouquet, whether guests need to receive gifts, whether there should be a wedding cake, what kind of music should be played at the ceremony, or whether the bride should even wear a white, wedding dress. Traditions can be convenient, but they are not a necessity. So choose to utilize those aspects that you like, and feel free to discard those that you don’t.

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