Tradition is Optional; Hit the Refresh Button


You, your partner and your love story are unique, and your wedding day should be a reflection of that; so go ahead and infuse your originality, passions and quirkiness into all aspects of your wedding. There is no “what’s the right way;” there is only the way you want it to be. Below are some ideas for couples who may be thinking a little outside the box:


The Bite-Sized Microwedding

Growing in popularity, microweddings have a guest list under 50 and often include immediate family and super-close friends only. They are planned in a similar fashion to large weddings but on a smaller scale. One of the biggest advantages of the microwedding is that it allows you to get the wedding of your dreams without paying a fortune; or keep it really budget-friendly by opting to forgo a lot of the extras. According to WeddingWire’s 2019 Newlywed Report, the average cost of a wedding in North Carolina is $27,000.


Top Reasons to Consider a Microwedding:

 Save money

 Flexibility in your options

 Spend more time with your guests

 Less intimidating

 More intimate

 Focus on guest experience





Bridal Parties: Mix It Up or Go Without


Your bridal party should be made up of whomever you want. Whether you’re a bride with a male best friend or a groom who is close with his sister, there’s no reason why our favorite people (or pets) shouldn’t be standing by your side on the big day.


If you feel like standing at the altar with just your beloved makes the most sense for you, then do it!


Alternate Ideas for Including Family & Friends in Your Big Day:

 Perform ceremony reading

 Hold the rings

 Sign as witnesses to your union

 Do a first look with them

 Have them give a toast

The Lingo:


Man of Honor



Best Woman

Honor Attendant


Mixed bridal parties make up an estimated 34% of weddings according to WeddingWire.


First Look


What you really want when it comes to your partner seeing you for the first time is a reaction. A first look provides the opportunity for you to experience this in a private, intimate moment captured by your photographer an hour or two before your ceremony. It’s your alone time (probably the only one you’ll get) to take in the magnitude of the day.


          Top Reasons to Consider a First Look:

 Share a private moment alone

 Calm your nerves before the ceremony

 Get two special moments (first look & aisle look)

 Free up your time

 Get amazing photos



At the end of the day, it’s your wedding. The only “rules” are the ones you create, so feel free to take a route less traveled to the altar.


Kristy Concepcion is a wedding professional and the founder of Best Day Ever Wedding Services. For more information, call 336.770.8499, or visit the website at Instagram: @bdeweddingservices