Wedding season is now fully in swing, and weddings of all shapes and sizes are happening every weekend. Wedding blogs and magazines are overflowing with pin-worthy weddings from across the globe.
I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little bit tired of seeing the essentially the same weddings over and over again; you’ve got the boho wedding, the black tie wedding, the fine art wedding, and the majority look like they had a pretty generous budget. And you’ve got the size 8 bride who looks like she could be a model.
I’m guessing a few weddings and blogs come to your mind as I’m talking…
For so many couples, these “Pinterest Weddings” are far from what they either want or can afford. And they happily go about planning their day, their way.
But recently I’ve read comments in online forums from industry professionals who belittle and mock couples who are choosing to go against the grain and plan something a little more unusual. And this makes me really quite angry and upset.
Since when did it become ok to criticise or belittle the choices a couple have made for their wedding day? A wedding day is about celebrating a couples relationship, their history, and their lives together.
Some professionals are so focused on getting their work published in a magazine, that they forget what the day should be about. The couple!
The best weddings I’ve been to recently, the couples did things THEIR WAY. One especially was crazy, quirky, and quite simply the most fun I’ve ever had at a wedding! Was it traditional and every detail perfectly curated? No. It was better. It was relaxed, fun and completely personalised, just as the couple wanted it.
So if you are reading this and planning your wedding, and are worried what people will say when you go for something non-traditional, I’m here to be your cheerleader and to say GO FOR IT!
If the groom doesn’t want to wear a suit, great! Then let him wear something he feels COMFORTABLE in!
If the bride is proud of her curvy figure and doesn’t want to go on a starvation diet, because she wants to look and feel like her authentic self, AMAZING!
If you want to have a superhero themed wedding because your first date was watching X-Men at the cinema, then DO IT!
You only get married once. Do what makes YOU happy!
And if you’re not the bride or groom, please let them plan THEIR wedding day without judgement, without sarcastic comments or pressure to do it how you think it should be done. It’s their wedding day.
Support then and salute them for having the guts to do things differently.
I’m Cat. British passport, Austrian resident, wife and rabbit mum. I'm based in Innsbruck Austria, but I love going on new adventures. I love photographing couples in wild landscapes as they embark on one of life’s greatest adventures, marriage. And I really do love a good wedding.
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