You can break some of the traditional wedding rules. Here’s how.

1. Circular ceremony

Having an outdoor wedding? Instead of lining up chairs in a traditional format, think about having your guests circle around you—it makes the experience more intimate.

2. Bridesmen and groomsmaids

Is your best bud a guy? Many modern weddings are opting for mixed-gender attendants instead of the traditional split along the aisle.


Photograph by Justin & Mary

3. Brunch

Host a brunch with mimosas instead of an evening reception.

4. Rethink the dress

More and more brides are venturing away from white gowns. Check out the lovely dresses of real brides in this issue.

Photograph by SS Photography

Photograph by SS Photography

5. Here comes the bride

You don’t have to walk down the aisle to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” or Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus.” Personalize your entrance, surprise your groom, and leave a lasting impression on everyone.