Before you start the process of planning out your wedding you need to decide what type of celebration you want it to be. How formal or traditional do you want it to be? This is your day and you can have a traditional ceremony, non-traditional or somewhere in between. Let’s look at the different styles and see which is right for you and your guests.
The most traditional weddings tend to be very formal, the groom and his attendants are dressed in black tie and the bride wears a full length white gown with a train. Formal bridal gowns can get pretty elaborate and they are accompanied by a classic veil and pearl jewelry. When it comes to decorations for the church and the ceremony the flowers would include either roses or orchids. The dinner tables are set with fine china and beautiful centerpieces, the music at the reception is classical played by a small orchestra.
An informal or non-traditional wedding gives you the freedom of making your wedding anything that you want it to be. Groomsmen can wear anything from a suit to pants and a shirt. For the bride she also can opt for a less formal gown, although even at informal weddings the bride often sticks with wearing white, most brides will also keep the bridal bouquet.
Non-traditional wedding can run the gamut from an exotic destination wedding on a Caribbean beach to a backyard celebration with family and friends. When it comes to the reception you can have anything from a buffet and a DJ to a candy bar and photo booth. Whatever makes you and your guests feel the most comfortable.
Somewhere in Between
Most weddings today tend to be somewhere in between keeping elements from a formal wedding while putting their own individual mark on the ceremony. Most of the time the wedding attire stays on the formal side with white gowns and black tie, dresses aren’t necessarily as ornate but the bride sticks with a long white dress. Bouquets and decorations can be more colorful but the reception is where you will notice the biggest difference between traditional and non-traditional weddings.
While the church ceremony may have had all the trappings of a formal wedding the reception may be more of a party atmosphere, this is a celebration after all. The reception may still have a formal dinner though it is usually a simpler affair, though buffets or family style service is more common. The reception offers dancing and a band or DJ rather than classical music played by an orchestra or trio. The occasion is more about making memories than it is about sticking to traditions and formalities.
The key to a beautiful wedding is about finding what works for you and don’t be afraid to make your preferences known.