15 People Reveal The Wedding Traditions They're Tired Of Seeing

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Wedding-goers: vote up the traditions you'd like to leave in the past.

Do you take these wedding traditions? For better or worse? These Redditors are sharing dumb wedding traditions they wish would disappear. If you're looking to shake things up, keep reading to find out which traditions to avoid at your wedding.


  • 1
    51 VOTES

    Throwing Confetti (Or Rice) At The Couple

    From Redditor u/Back2Bach:

    Throwing confetti (or rice) at the couple outside the front doors of the church after the ceremony to wish them "good luck".

    The pastor of one church asked those in attendance to "please throw $20 bills instead to spare the sexton a huge clean-up job".

  • 2
    59 VOTES

    Buying An Expensive Dress To Wear Once

    From Redditor u/PAgirl023

    The over the top spending in general. I'm now divorced; however, when I got married... I was excited to BE married... I wasn't excited to GET married. I think there's too much of an emphasis on rings, gowns, and impressing all of your guests. I walked into the bridal shop, tried on ONE dress, and said "Ok, good to go!" I believe it was maybe $250. We ordered our rings off of Amazon for probably $50-$75 each, at the most.

    A wedding should be about celebrating a commitment to one another, not spending a down payment on a house to throw a party, in my opinion. This holds true, especially, for those people that spend money they don't have on it. I could have just walked down to the courthouse with my ex and been just as happy. I would rather have the money to save for a home for a future family or a college fund for future kids than on a single day of my life.

  • 3
    67 VOTES

    Spending Thousands Of Dollars On Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties

    From Redditor u/TRex_N_Truex:

    Expecting your friends to spend thousands of dollars on you with stupid destination bachelor parties, dress/tux rentals, hotels, miscellaneous bullsh*t.

  • 4
    84 VOTES

    Hosting Bachelor Parties At Clubs

    From Redditor u/ringoandme:

    Bachelor parties at clubs/ Vegas hotel rooms with a private dancer.

    Your last hoorah was before you started dating her, not the night before you get married. Stop acting like being faithful is some kind of funeral.

  • 5
    72 VOTES

    Smashing Cake Into Each Other's Face

    From Redditor u/msi12345:

    One of the very first things my husband and I agreed on when we were planning our wedding was "no cake-smash in the face."

    We paid good money for the cake. It tasted delicious. Why waste a perfectly good piece of cake?! Besides, it's a pain in the rear to get icing out of your nostrils. And the lady I hired to do my wedding makeup did an infinitely better job than I could ever manage, why would I want to mess it up?

  • 6
    65 VOTES

    "Pairing Up" The Bridesmaids And Groomsmen

    From a former Redditor:

    I've been a bridesmaid in 3 weddings. In all of them, I had to "pair up" with a groomsman, who I was expected to flirt with and "act like a couple" with. This was usually for photos, but also for walking down the aisle. In all three cases, I didn't know the groomsmen and didn't appreciate the implication that we were a couple just because we had to walk together down the aisle.

    For example, i had to take group photos where the groomsman I was paired with had to dip me and look lovingly into my eyes. I don't even know that guy's name. At my sister's wedding, I had to walk down the aisle arm-in-arm with my brother-in-law's brother (I was 13, he was 22) and he had to kiss my hand. This was all orchestrated by the mothers-in-law who thought it was precious.

    I also had to take pictures where all the bridesmaids would swoon over the groom (and vice versa with groomsmen and the bride), with the implication that we are all jealous that the bride got such a great catch and we wish WE were getting married to him. I was there to support my friend on her wedding day by being her bridesmaid - I am NOT there to secretly undermine her or feel envious.

    When I eventually got married, I had a consultation with my photographer. I whipped out these photos and said, 'I don't want THAT.' She laughed and said she hated those too.