Today I am going to be sharing my third post that I put together as the May Guest Wedding Editor of Brit + Co. Below, I share a few unconventional wedding traditions that will make your wedding day a celebration to remember…

5 New Wedding Traditions That Will Make Your Big Day

In case you missed it, every Wednesday in May I am been teaming up with Brit + Co to bring you my own take on all things wedding related. To bring you up to speed, so far I’ve covered bridal beauty tips and 5 ways to perfect your wedding pre-parties. Since writing about my own wedding in my new book Celebrate, I’ve been able to pull from my own experiences and share what I’ve learned along the way with all of my readers. Today I’m sharing my third installment on a topic that we all know and love: wedding traditions. From something borrowed to something blue and everything in between, there are certain traditions that everyone assumes have to included into their own special day. I’m here to tell you that there’s always room to (tastefully) break the rules.

As a newlywed myself, I encourage all brides-to-be to follow their hearts when it comes to planning their big day. If that leads you to tweaking a wedding tradition or two to better suit you and your partner, go for it! Here are two of the five new wedding traditions that I’ve put together for Brit + Co—be sure to check out the entire post here to see the rest!

1. Have a friend officiate.

While a church official or other authority figure traditionally conducts weddings, nowadays many couples are opting to have a friend or family member marry them. Speaking from experience (William and I were married by a close friend), our wedding day felt that much more intimate with someone we knew officiating our vows. Think of it as a way of honoring one of your loved ones or including someone special into your big day.

2. Serve your favorite dessert.

Choosing a wedding cake is as much a part of your special day as say, finally picking out your wedding dress. But having a multi-tiered cake isn’t for everyone, especially if you have another favorite dessert. For my own wedding I chose to serve our guests apple pies, handmade and freshly baked by my closest friends and I. It added a personal touch and still kept the traditional dessert element involved. If you aren’t too keen on having a wedding cake, I recommend creating your own dessert bar or serving up one of your favorite sweets.

If you want to read the rest of my new wedding tradition suggestions, be sure to head on over to Brit + Co!

Are you incorporating any new wedding traditions into your own big day?

I’d love to hear about your big day in the comments!

Check back next week for my fourth and final Wedding Wednesday installment!

XO Lauren

Photos: Elizabeth Messina