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Groundhog Wedding Day--A List of the Most Overdone Wedding Traditions


In honor of the Groundhog Day movie, where Bill Murray plays a weatherman who finds himself living the same day over and over again, I've decided to round up the most common/overdone wedding traditions that are constantly repeated in almost every wedding ceremony and reception.

I took to the interwebs to see what was trending and I stumbled upon a board on the Weddingbee where Brides were sounding off about their repetitive traditions because, well, they're tradition! I also have to admit I will be guilty of some of these.

1.) Garter/Bouquet Toss-- I, personally, will not be tossing my bouquet or my garter at my wedding. The Brides at the Weddingbee were about 50/50.

2.) White Wedding Dress--Many wedding dress designers have been taking this cue and designing evening gowns to act like wedding dresses. A co-worker of mine wore a purple evening gown to her nuptials and looked absolutely stunning. If you're too timid to dive into a rainbow of colors as a bride, you can shop for off white, blush or taupe colored dresses.

3.) Dyeable shoes--To me, if you HAVE to dye your shoes, you shouldn't be wearing them in the first place. Nordstrom and David's Bridal have more than enough colors or types of shoes to choose from for your big day. If you insist on matching your lime green dresses with lime green shoes, then I feel badly for your wedding party.

4.) Cupcakes--Guilty! My fiance and I will be having cupcakes over a traditional wedding cake. It was one of the few things that he requested. One of the Brides on the Weddingbee board chose this option so she didn't have to pay a wedding cake cutting fee. Smart, if you ask me.

5.) Photobooth or Fauxtobooth--I think a photobooth would be a riot, but they have become increasingly popular amongst couples.

6.) Rustic theme--Guilty, again! It just so happens that my fiance grew up on a 60-acre farm in upstate New York, and that I also grew up in a country setting. I could use the excuse that we're paying homage to our roots, but the truth is, I just like the way it all looks.

7.) Candy station--Many brides on the Weddingbee said they were forgoing the repetitive nature of the candy station and having their sweets. Although my fiance and I aren't having a candy station, our venue is supplying us with s'mores kits for our guests to enjoy.

For more common wedding traditions, check out SHAPE's 9 Wedding Traditions to Ignore.  

What wedding traditions do YOU think are overdone?


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