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The Guest Book Podcast - EP015 - The WPC Key Elements - Being True to you! - PT3

July 30, 20235 min read

There's power in staying true to yourself, embrace it." - Anonymous

The Guest Book Podcast - EP015 - The WPC Key Elements - Being True to you! - PT3

Hey there, my lovely engaged besties! Are you feeling overwhelmed by the countless wedding traditions and expectations that seem to dictate every detail of your special day? Don't worry, because I've got your back.

In this blog post, we're diving deep into the world of wedding planning and exploring how you can make your big day truly reflect your one-of-a-kind love story. You see, planning a wedding is like sculpting a masterpiece that celebrates your individuality.

It's not about following a cookie-cutter template; it's about creating your own path and showcasing your personality with a unique statement. From the moment you say "yes" to your forever partner, it's time to reassess what truly matters to you and your love story.

Traditions can be beautiful, but they can also be restrictive and outdated. That's why, with a bit of reflection and questioning, you can shape your wedding into an extraordinary experience that aligns perfectly with your desires. As we embark on this journey together, we'll not only break down the expectations society has placed upon us but also explore the dark underbelly of wedding history.

Trust me, it's a wild ride! But before we get ahead of ourselves, let me share a little secret: my upcoming wedding is far from traditional, and I couldn't be more excited about it. Life throws curveballs, and instead of conforming to societal norms, I'm embracing the chance to write my own wedding story. So let's defy conventions and create a wedding that is authentically and unapologetically us.

Are you ready to join me in rewriting the rules of wedding planning? Let's navigate this wedding maze together and discover how to create a celebration that is true to who you are as a couple. Buckle up, my friends, because we're about to embark on a journey of self-discovery, creativity, and exceptional love that will leave you feeling inspired and empowered.

Now, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and let's dive into this magical adventure of breaking wedding traditions and celebrating your extraordinary love story. Trust me, you won't want to miss a single moment!



Traditions Definition

Here are some handy tips.

1. Embrace Your Inner Visionary: When it comes to decision making, the most crucial aspect is to tap into your inner visionary. Close your eyes and envision your dream wedding. How do you see yourself walking down the aisle? What colours, themes, or locations resonate with you? Unleash your creativity and allow yourself to dream big. Remember, this day is about you and your partner, so embrace your unique style and desires.

2. Reflect and Reimagine: Take a moment to reflect on the traditional elements of weddings and ask yourself if they truly represent who you are as a couple. It's okay to challenge the status quo and reimagine what your wedding should look like. If certain traditions, like the bouquet toss or first dance, don't resonate with you, feel free to skip them. This is your opportunity to curate a wedding that reflects your unique love story and celebrates the things that truly matter to you.

3. Research the Dark Side: Take a deep dive into the history of weddings and uncover the dark, toxic, and archaic origins of certain traditions. By understanding where these traditions come from, you can make informed decisions about whether they align with your values and vision for your wedding. Use this knowledge as a guide to create a wedding that is not only personal but also conscious of the traditions it includes.

4. Who's on the Guest List? When it comes to wedding planning, it's important to establish early on who you want involved in the process and how much information you're comfortable sharing. Set clear boundaries and surround yourself with a support system that respects and uplifts your vision. Remember, this is your wedding, and your happiness should be at the forefront of every decision.

5. The Best and the Worst: Weddings have a way of bringing out both the best and worst in people. There will be those who question your choices and have unrealistic expectations. While it's natural to want to please everyone, it's essential to stay true to yourself and your desires. In hindsight, you may regret not sticking to your own vision and setting boundaries. Remember, the world doesn't revolve around others' opinions, and your wedding should be a reflection of your love story, not a performance for others.

6. Creative Entrances: Step away from the traditional receiving line and consider a creative entrance that sets the tone for your wedding. Picture yourself walking in to your favorite song, bringing the energy and excitement to the room. Then, during dinner, go table-to-table, capturing unique and unforgettable moments with your friends and family. It's a chance to truly connect with your guests and create a memorable experience for all.

7. Sustainable Invitations: In today's world, where sustainability is at the forefront of many conversations, take a moment to consider the environmental impact of physical wedding invitations. Instead of spending time, money, and resources on paper invites that may end up in the trash, opt for digital invitations via a wedding website. Not only is it more convenient for your guests, but it also aligns with your values and contributes to a more sustainable approach to wedding planning. Embrace the modern technology available and create a wedding that is not only unique but also mindful of the world we live in.

Watch full episode below ⬇️

Remember, gorgeous brides-to-be, your wedding is an opportunity to create something truly extraordinary. Trust your vision, embrace your unique style, and don't be afraid to break away from tradition to make it a day that's true to you.

Let me know which tip your found most helpful over on Instagram or if you want to be a guest on the Podcast CLICK HERE and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Until next time, happy wedding planning,


Kelly Jayne Gill is the Founder and Creator of The Wedding Planning Collective, The Guest Book Podcast and the Wedding Planning Membership Site The Academy.

Kelly Jayne Gill

Kelly Jayne Gill is the Founder and Creator of The Wedding Planning Collective, The Guest Book Podcast and the Wedding Planning Membership Site The Academy.

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