Brides wearing white dresses is actually a relatively new trend in the history of marriage. But somehow it caught on. And now brides are expected to wear white whether they want to or not. Thankfully it’s becoming more and more popular to go against the tradition and many bridal boutiques are now stocking coloured and patterned gowns. Of course, there’s no reason why you have to buy a wedding dress at all if you’d rather wear something completely different. It’s your day. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. And so what if your cousin turns up in a white cocktail dress. I don’t think anyone is going to mistake her for the bride. Do you?!
To get legally married almost anywhere in the world you will need to have two witnesses. There’s nothing in the rule book about whether this needs to be a best man and a maid (or matron) of honour and an entourage of bridesmaids and groomsmen. This can seem especially crazy if you’re having a small, intimate celebration. It can also be awkward for couples when you might be closer to some of your friends than some of your siblings, or feel obliged to ask someone from work just because they’ve taken an interest in your wedding plans. More and more couples are chosing to skip the bridal party altogether and just simply hold all of their guests on an equal level. Then there’s no reason for anyone to ge upset for not being chosen.