“Remember it’s the bride’s day, no matter what anyone else wants—ultimately it’s her day and you want to make it the best day possible for her,” Lasky says.

P.S. Ever wonder where those crazy traditions come from?
You know the phrase, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” right? Well these objects are thought to bring the bride good luck if she carries them on her wedding day and they’re usually given to her by family and friends right before the wedding. This British tradition says that the old represents continuity, the new is for optimism, borrowed is for borrowed happiness and blue is for purity, love and fidelity.

Another tradition is the bridesmaids all dressing alike. In the past, bridesmaids dressed like the bride to confuse evil spirits that might wish to harm her. These days it’s more for aesthetic reasons. And catching the bouquet? Traditionally, the girl who catches it is the next one to marry—so if that’s your goal, good luck!

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