Cruising the interwebs, I found this article about a woman who wanted to have a "feminist wedding." To sum up, the author (a self described feminist) wanted to get married, but found a lot of the trappings of traditional weddings (the proposal, asking the father of the bride for permission, white dress) to be sexist, patriarchal, etc. First note--hey, not everything has to be a political statement! Sometimes a bride wants to have her father walk her down the aisle because it would make the old guy happy, or because it's a touching father-daughter moment. And news flash--it's usually not the groom who wants all the "traditional" stuff at a wedding--these things are almost always planned in detail by the bride and her mother.
Which brings me to my second note--imagine for a minute a wedding left entirely up to the groom to be. Kegs, rock bands, whiskey fountains, jugglers, open pit barbecues, and maybe even a visit from that guy on Route 40 who has all the exotic reptiles? Who WOULDN'T want to go to such an awesome party?