2000dollarwedding kindred spirit, Colleen, reminds me that we have the freedom to craft whatever kind of weddings we want for ourselves. We can sift through all the traditions and "traditions" and decide what to keep, modify, throw out, or invent.
I never thought of the idea of switching the reception and the ceremony. I mean, why not? Matt and I chose to follow the tradition of ceremony and then reception, but it's so liberating to remind ourselves that we really don't have to follow any formulas other than the ones we want to.
I guess the biggest thing we're changing is the order of the day. We're having dinner first, then having the ceremony. It's going to be more of a "hey, come for the BBQ, stay for the wedding" kind of thing, so no hide-the-bride or anything like that.
Dearest kindred spirits: What aspects of the formula are you keeping? Modifying? Throwing out? Inventing?