A gorgeous wedding gives you the perfect amount of inspiration… and aspiration. When The City alum Whitney Port married Tim Rosenman, (or Timmy, as she affectionately calls him — cuuuute), in a stunning Palm Springs wedding just last November, blogs and Pinterest were blowing up with the gorg *unexpected* details. The creative newlywed recently sat down with us (read more of our Whitney Port interview here!) about the traditions she said no to and her biggest wedding regret. Get your Pinterest boards and wedding planners ready.
1. Skipped a traditional bridal party: While some traditions are a nice homage to the past, you can do whatever YOU want for your big day. For Whitney, a traditional uniform look for the bridesmaid dresses and the groomsmen outfits was not one to keep. “I think having all of your bridesmaids and groomsmen wearing the same thing [is a tradition that] should be broken,” Whitney shared with us. For her own ceremony, Whitney chose to forgo a bridal party entirely. Given how expensive being a bridesmaid can be, that’s a broken tradition your BFFs might actually not mind.
She didn’t leave them entirely out though: While Whitney didn’t have bridesmaids standing beside her for her ceremony, her BFFs and sisters were still around to help her out pre-wedding (and at her TWO bachelorette parties!). To thank them, Whitney designed some gorg robes ($83) and had their names embroidered on them.
2. Made it personal: Getting married by someone you actually know can be a really nice touch. You know that it comes from the heart. “We actually had my sister’s fiancée marry us, and it was so touching because it was someone who actually knew us,” Whitney said.
3. Had an unconventional rehearsal dinner: Who said rehearsal dinners have to be all seated and filled with speeches? For Whitney’s wedding, she chose to string up her bowling shoes instead. “I did a fun rehearsal where we did like a bowling party,” she told us. “We rented out a bowling alley so it was just something a little bit non-traditional.”
4. Ditched the seating chart: “We had a bunch of different areas where we had our favorite foods stationed all over,” Whitney said. “There were a bunch of lounge areas around, so you didn’t have to sit anywhere; you weren’t bound to have a conversation with people, so it was fluid.”
5. Asked (or wishes she asked) the photog for outtakes: Here’s one you might never think of asking until it’s too late. “Make sure, when you are working with the photographer, to get all the pictures that they took and not just some of them. It’s important ’cause you wanna see all of those,” said Whitney, “like an ugly candid with someone making like a weird face on the dance floor, or you making a weird face on the dance floor. You wanna see all those moments, not just the pretty posed things. It’s those that really make it special.”
6. Kept her rings on-trend yet classic: According to Whitney, rose gold is super hot right now. “I honestly think that rose gold wasn’t a thing ’til last year or so,” Whitney says. “I feel like a lot of girls are wanting rose gold right now.” And while it’s a popular trend at the moment, it’ll always be chic. She also gave her predictions for engagement ring trends (that will always be a standard) for 2017. “What I’m seeing a lot of is single stones with nothing else. Like single stones with gold plating on it and a gold band. [People are] going for something a bit more simple or traditional,” she tells us. “Mixing rose gold with platinum [is another one]. I have my rose gold engagement ring and then my platinum engagement band.”
Are there any wedding traditions you think should be retired? Tweet us @BritandCo!
(Photos via Hannah Costello)