Couples no longer toss the bouquet and garter

If you have attended a wedding recently, you might've noticed this tradition missing.

A growing number of couples are opting out of tossing their bouquets and garters for a multitude of reasons.

I've noticed the biggest one for skipping the flower toss is not wanting to call out or embarrass single friends. Some couples are also uncomfortable performing the somewhat intimate garter retrieval in front of all their family members.

Uniform bridesmaid dresses are going out of style

Matching bridesmaid dresses are out of style ... Every once in a while, you'll attend a wedding where all the bridesmaids are in the same dress, but it's not as common anymore. 

Lately, the biggest trend is bridesmaids wearing different styles of dresses all in the same color. This has gained popularity so people can choose what they're most comfortable in and what will look best on each person.

For more daring couples, the bridesmaids wear all different styles and colors. Some might stick to a theme, like floral print or neutral colors.

Traditional bride or groom sides in the ceremony are no longer popular

Typically in a wedding ceremony, the bride stands on the left side and the groom stands on the right.

According to The Knot, this ritual stems from the days when men carried swords, and they needed their right hand free to protect the bride from capture.

Nowadays, it is less of a tradition, and couples will choose whichever side works best for them, taking lighting, pictures, and guest visibility into account.

Guests skip receiving lines immediately after the wedding

A receiving line at a wedding is when guests form a line to address the couple, typically right after the ceremony.

It is essentially the meet-and-greet portion of the wedding. But this tradition has become less and less common over the years.

Instead, couples go around tables during the dinner hour or ask guests to join them on the dance floor. This also helps out with being able to start family pictures immediately after the ceremony and your guest won't have to wait so long to get the party started!!

The first-look superstition has been debunked

Everyone has heard the myth that it's bad luck to see the bride before the ceremony.

According to Bridal Guide, this tradition originated from the days of arranged marriages when dowries were still prevalent. Families didn't want the groom to see the bride before the wedding in case he changed his mind. Tee Hee

Nowadays, more and more couples are opting to see each other before the ceremony to take first-look photos. This allows them to get more pics earlier in the day so they have more time to spend with guests.

It's no longer the norm for a bride's parents to pay for the wedding

Another antiquated tradition in the wedding industry is that the bride's family pays for the event.

As couples get married at later ages and traditional roles dissipate, more and more duos are choosing to split the financial responsibility of weddings.

I find that the budget is often a communal pot with contributions from both families and the couple.