There are so many wedding traditions associated with weddings that it can be overwhelming! With input from Mom, Dad, aunts, uncles and grandparents you might start thinking that you are going to need two full days to get it all in and twice your wedding budget!

This can be especially hard for younger brides and grooms who haven’t been to as many weddings to see what some of these traditions look like in practice.

I am here to tell you that while traditions are a big part of almost every wedding day not every tradition is for every couple so don’t feel like your day will be ruined if you decide to change or just skip some of these traditions.

I’m not talking about traditions of different cultures or families, but all of the things that can seem expected at a western style wedding in Canada.

The Bouquet and Garter Toss

As a wedding photographer I personally love these! They can make for some really fun pictures as the single ladies and guys scramble to catch (or avoid) the bouquet and garter. It can be a fun activity that creates some laughs and funny pictures. On the other hand for couples that are a little more conservative and don’t want to have their families around while they pull off the garter or people that don’t want to put a spot light on their single friends and relatives this one is easy to give a miss. For the most part people won’t notice if it doesn’t happen and the party just keeps on going.

Pros

  • Can make for a really fun photo
  • Can be a fun activity to add to the evening
  • A tradition that some people would miss if it doesn’t happen
  • Kids at the wedding love it
Cons

  • Can potentially be embarrassing for some people
  • Some people doing like to do the garter removal game in front of family
  • Your bouquet will get trashed or you will need to buy a small second ‘toss’ bouquet

Here are some of my favourite bouquet and garter toss photos from weddings in Calgary over the past couple years.
Enjoy!
Brendan

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Brendan Nogue

Hi! I'm Brendan Nogue and I would love to be your wedding photographer! I started out, as most people do, as a baby. I had this beginning in Calgary, Alberta where I decided to stay to this very day. In between then and now a whole bunch of stuff happened which, because you are probably busy planning a wedding, you probably aren't all that interested in. What you may be interested in is that I got my start in photography about 11 years ago when I got my first film SLR camera. After high school I took this along on several trips that took me to many parts of the world while I made that life decision of what to do when I grow up. I eventually found myself at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology taking photojournalism. This lead me to two years working for the Banff Crag and Canyon, Banff Alberta's local weekly paper. These years of journalistic photography taught me all about candid photography and catching 'the moment.' From here I moved on to more travelling followed by work as a portrait photographer of all types and now finally to exactly where I want to be, running my own wedding photography company. I want to do everything I can to make your wedding day everything you hoped it would be and more so lets talk. I can't wait to meet you! Website: www.bnoguephoto.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/bnoguephoto Twitter: @bnoguephoto Email: brendan@bnoguephoto.com

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