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5 Traditions That Will Never Die (And Why!)

By now you've probably heard the phrase "it's tradition!" like a hundred times. While some wedding traditions are arguably on their way to being out of fashion (it seems like every year fewer brides make time for a garter toss), there's good reason why some of these tried-and-true wedding staples are still around: They're steeped in history. And while your version of the tradition might look different than the original, the sentiment and meaning is still the same.

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The Wedding Cake

The sweetest part of the wedding day dates back to ancient Greece, when couples shared crushed sesame cakes to ensure fertility, and the concept evolved into the confection we know and love today. And while the wedding cake can have many different looks -- from a three-tier buttercream cake to a cupcake tower or even a stack of doughnuts -- the idea behind it is still intact. In other words, sharing something sweet together on your wedding day with each other and your guests is a symbol of your union, and that'll never go out of style.

Fresh New Idea: "We're not cake fans (I even own a bakery), so we didn't really want cake. I'm making a small cutting cake so we can have that tradition, but then we're breaking all the rules. I have some friends who opened a self-serve frozen yogurt place in town a few years ago and last year they started doing mobile events. Everyone gets a six-ounce serving and can then pile on as many toppings (we get five) as they want! We can even choose up to eight flavors, and if we don't serve it all, no big deal -- they'll use it in the store!" - snowdaisy822

Photo: Jasmine Starr Photography