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Wedding Traditions - Breaking Free!

Updated: Aug 31, 2022

Feeling forced to follow age old Wedding Traditions?

In our line of work we often hear from our couples that they feel restricted by wedding traditions, and feel they are forced to follow them. But we're here to let you in on a little secret ... you CAN break free from tradition if you want to!

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Yes you read that right! So, now's the time to grab your partner and discuss what it is that you both actually want and choose to break away from any tradition that doesn’t work for you! Breaking with traditions can also help to free up room in your budget for more of the things you do want, (check out more ways to make the most of your budget here).

So what traditions are couples breaking?

We took to our instagram and asked our followers what tradition they had broken or intended to break. We were overwhelmed with the responses and there was a huge variety of rule breaking going on (loving it!) with everything from no speeches, no top table, no maid of honour, not changing surnames, not being walked down the aisle, to these top three …

The first dance, is very much an expected part of a wedding, but regardless some couples do decide not to have one, we polled our followers and whilst the majority at 85% said they would be having a first dance, 15% said they wouldn’t. This could be because you can’t decide on a song that's suitably symbolic of your relationship, or perhaps you have two left feet and just won't feel comfortable dancing in front of everyone, or simply because it’s not your thing! Whatever the reason, if you don’t want a first dance, remember that the majority does not in fact always rule, at least not when it comes to your wedding day!

(Our Epic DJ’s will get the party started with or without a first dance; check out our Disco & DJ hire and how about a starlit dance floor too?)

Another tradition that a lot of people seem to forego is favours. These are often still left on the tables at the end of the night. However, the more personable and unique your favours are, the more likely they are to be appreciated, but personalised items can eat into your budget more than you might like. Are they worth the money you are going to be spending on them and do you really want them? Our poll showed a 50/50 split on this one, so if they work for you then that’s great, if they don’t that’s ok too! One option we offer as a happy compromise is laser cut acrylic or wooden place names that double up as personalised keepsakes for your guests, removing the need for additional favours. You can view options for these in our online shop or drop us an email to with your requirements for a quote.

Not Spending the night with your partner before the wedding? Is it really bad luck or just superstitious nonsense? A lot of traditions are steeped in superstition and this one is no exception, and it’s probably why 82% of you still say you will be spending the night apart, compared to 18% who will be snuggled up together the night before.

However you spend it, make sure you take the time to relax as you have a very big day ahead in the morning! We've shared some tips to help you keep calm on your wedding day too, have a read here.

So there we have it, we asked, you answered! We’re very active on our social channels and love to hear your thoughts and opinions and share what we’re up to, so if you aren’t following us already then you can find us on Instagram and Facebook

We love that people are feeling more empowered to make their weddings truly unique to them and we hope this has inspired you to think about the wedding traditions that do and don’t matter to you. We wish you the most wonderful wedding day and happily ever after to follow!

Team Epic x

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