So what exactly IS an untraditional wedding? It’s basically any wedding that steers away from the traditional. OK, that’s not a very helpful explanation. How about this post instead?

These are merely suggestions and you definitely don’t have to follow them to be an LKJ bride! If anything, I want to offer alternative tips to traditional wedding timelines so you know your options and don’t feel like you have to fit into a certain standard that doesn’t fit your style.

4 Tips for An Untraditional Wedding Timeline

Planning a First Look

Oh, how I love First Looks! From a bride’s perspective, it is a magical, intimate moment you get to share with your groom before the wedding officially begins. Just the two of you sharing a private moment together, taking it all in. The months of planning, prepping, and waiting is finally here.

As a photographer, shooting a First Look before the ceremony frees up so much time after, there is less stress on the need for bride & groom portraits later in the day. Also, this is really the one moment you will have to yourselves because the rest of the wedding day will be go-go-go!

Adding a Day-After Session

Most often, your guests have traveled for miles to attend your wedding, so why not take advantage of the time you have with them? You can totally opt for a day-after session (which can actually be taken any time post-wedding) and spend the time you normally would for bride & groom portraits with your loved ones instead!

Bonus points: you won’t have to worry as much about keeping your dress clean and you can visit a location you wouldn’t have been able to otherwise on your wedding day! (The mountains, anyone?!).

Planning a “Less Formal/More Party” Reception

I’m talking hour long speeches and four hour slideshows before the real fun begins. Let’s be real: it’s been a long day and you just want to wind down with some dancing, right?! Keep the formalities with speeches etc short, and you will free up loads of time for the fun stuff! Bonus: your hungry guests will thank you.

Doing What You Want

At the end of the day, this is YOUR wedding and you should plan it the way you want to. I’m a big fan of doing what you love, so if you feel a tradition does not suit you as a couple (like bouquet tossing or a formal sit-down reception), don’t feel like you have to include it! I’m officially giving you permission to plan it on your terms – and not on your well meaning family members!

What do you think of these tips? Do you have one of your own? Comment below!