Megan's Big Day {wedding week}

Hi everyone! I'm Megan and I blog at Just a Small Town Girl.

Weddings are a lot of fun, but I admit they're also stressful. There were plenty of times during the planning that I only wanted to get it over with. The best piece of advice I have for engaged couples is to try and not stress. It's not worth it. In the end, you're still going to be married. I know that's easier said than done. 

Today, I want to share why I think you should throw this wedding tradition out the window.

"What wedding tradition?" you ask. 

The tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before the wedding ceremony.

First of all, I don't believe in "bad luck." This is a man-made tradition. It comes from a time when marriages were arranged and the bride and groom met for the first time during their wedding ceremony. Some sources say the groom wouldn't see the bride before the wedding in case he found her unattractive and changed his mind. 

My husband was completely against the idea of us seeing each other before the ceremony at first. I talked him into it and he's so glad I did. He even tells people who are getting married that it was one of the best decisions that we made about our wedding.

Let me share with you why we chose to see each other before the wedding.

*Your "reveal" can be a special and private moment. You can set up your reveal wherever and however you want. We chose to keep it simple and have ours at the church with me walking down the aisle just like I would during the ceremony. On the other hand, I had a friend who had her husband stand at the end of a pier over her family's pond and she walked down to him. You can have your photographer snap a few pictures and then leave you alone for a little while to savor the moment.

*This will be the only "down time" you will get with your future spouse until after the day's festivities are over. We were able to hang out between photos, laugh, talk, and just enjoy the day.

*We were able to get ALL of our pictures done before the ceremony. Pictures are so important to me and we didn't have to rush through them. We were able to go straight to the reception after the ceremony because pictures were done. Our guests did not have to wait on us at the reception.

*We were able to hang out together with our family and friends while waiting for the ceremony to start. It made the whole day more relaxing to wait with those we love.


*We were able to go somewhere alone to pray before the big moment. Before the ceremony began, my husband pulled me aside and we prayed for our future together.


*The ceremony itself was less nerve racking. We weren't worrying about seeing each other for the first time. We didn't have the pressure of everyone seeing us see each other for the first time. We had been relaxing and hanging out just a few moments before.  

I highly recommend breaking tradition and seeing each other before the ceremony. However, your wedding is YOURS and you should do what you want to do. I would at least ask you to consider it. The time we spent together before our ceremony is definitely my favorite part of our day. 

Thank you so much to Rebecca for allowing me to post today. I would love to have any of you visit me anytime! 


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1 comment

  1. Your wedding photos are so cute Megan, it's been awesome reading about your wedding, it sounds like it was so fun to me!