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8 Popular Canadian Wedding Traditions (with non-traditional photos)

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You may be asking yourself what are some popular Canadian wedding traditions? As a wedding photographer based around Vancouver, I have had the pleasure of capturing numerous beautiful weddings that showcase the rich and diverse traditions of Canadian couples. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you some popular Canadian wedding traditions commonly seen in the Vancouver area, and how I approach photographing these special moments to create lasting memories for my clients.

1. The Classic White Bridal Gown

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The white bridal gown is a timeless Canadian tradition, symbolizing purity and new beginnings. As a wedding photographer, my goal is to capture the beauty and elegance of the bride in her gown, highlighting the intricate details and the emotions that come with wearing such a special dress.

2. Tossing the Bouquet

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The bouquet toss is a fun and lighthearted Canadian wedding tradition, where the bride tosses her bouquet to a group of single women, with the belief that whoever catches it will be the next to marry. I enjoy capturing the excitement and anticipation on the faces of the participants, as well as the moment the bouquet is caught, resulting in joyful and candid images.

3. Cutting the Cake

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The cake-cutting ceremony is a sweet and symbolic Canadian wedding tradition, representing the first task the couple performs together as newlyweds. As a photographer, I aim to capture the joy and laughter shared between the couple as they cut the cake, as well as the intricate details of the cake itself.

4. First Dances

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First dances are great moments of Canadian weddings, including the couple’s first dance, the father-daughter dance, and the mother-son dance. These dances are an opportunity for me to capture the emotions and connections shared between the couple and their parents, creating images that will be treasured for a lifetime.

5. Lighting Unity Candles

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The lighting of unity candles is a beautiful tradition that symbolizes the joining of two families. I strive to capture the warmth and emotion of this moment, focusing on the gentle glow of the candles and the expressions of the couple and their families as they come together.

6. Carrying Bouquets

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Bridal bouquets are a longstanding tradition in Canadian weddings, adding a touch of colour and beauty to the bride’s ensemble. As a photographer, I enjoy capturing the unique floral arrangements chosen by the couple, as well as the bride’s interactions with her bouquet throughout the day.

7. Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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Incorporating something borrowed and something blue into the wedding attire is a charming Canadian wedding tradition that brings good luck and happiness to the couple. As a wedding photographer, I love discovering and documenting these special items, whether they are tucked away in the bride’s accessories or prominently displayed.

8. Garter Toss

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The garter toss is a playful and spirited tradition in Canadian weddings, where the groom removes the garter from the bride’s leg and tosses it to a group of single men. The one who catches it is believed to be the next in line for marriage. This lively event is a favourite among guests and a golden opportunity for photographers to capture candid and entertaining moments. From the groom’s antics to the eager expressions of the participants, the garter toss is a fun and memorable part of the wedding celebration.

9. Dinner, Speeches, and Dancing

A traditional Canadian wedding reception often includes a sit-down dinner, heartfelt speeches from the couple’s loved ones, and a night of dancing and celebration. I take great care to capture the laughter, tears, and joy shared during the speeches, as well as the energy and excitement on the dance floor. Check out popular wedding venues.
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Capture your own Canadian Wedding Traditions

If you’re planning a wedding in the Vancouver area and want to incorporate these popular Canadian traditions, I would be excited to help you document your special day. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your vision and how we can work together to create lasting memories of your unique celebration.


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