An homage to Athens wedding & a Halloween-in-June dance party

This wedding was an homage to the couple's hometown of Athens, GA, and featured Halloween costumes, lovely blended family traditions, and an amazing tribute to Prince and Purple Rain… literally! Plus, they had a seriously funny wedding hashtag that ties in to the champagne of beers. You'll want to see it. Also, don't miss why the bride totally thinks we should all forget to exchange rings at the ceremony!

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#ErinAndTimGetMeowied: a nerdy cat lady wedding

Our wedding had a loose theme of books, cats, and glitter. I really wanted my four cats to be at the wedding, but it wasn't possible, so I had to just let my cat lady status show in other ways.

I wore cat shoes and had a cat purse. We had our cats added to our cake topper, cat paw chocolate pops favors, and made sure to have cat ears at the photo booth. And, of course, used a cat lady wedding hashtag: #ErinAndTimGetMeowied.

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How we decided which wedding traditions to uphold or scrap

Sorting through wedding traditions is a Sisyphean task. American wedding traditions are a conglomeration of hundreds of different cultures, not to mention the endless traditions from our individual backgrounds. Traditions, especially ones associated with major life events, connect us with our past, reinforce our cultural values, and hold our communities together. We want to make sure we include elements of both of our families' cultures, but how do we figure out what to include and what not to include? Here's how…