Choosing a style for your wedding is the first step before planning it all. You can have a formal wedding or an informal one. All depends really on the couple’s personality. For either a formal, semiformal or informal wedding, special elements can be added here and there to make the day more personal for the couple. One thing to remember here is that consistency is important. For instance, a formal wedding means wearing a traditional white full length wedding dress. Therefore, wearing a short wedding dress to a formal wedding is not consistent.
A formal wedding follows more of the traditional and culture. It’s also more put together and close attention is paid to every single nitty-gritty detail. Strict guidelines and rules are put in place by the bride and groom who have high expectations.
A semi formal wedding follow somewhat the same guidelines however may be a bit more relaxed and lenient. With a semi formal wedding the couples not sticking completely with tradition, instead they are adding more elements to the wedding that characterize them and their personality. Some less formal elements that may be present at a semiformal wedding may include a DJ, a banquet hall or cocktail reception. Some formal elements that may be found in a semi-formal wedding include a sit-down meal and adequate sized parties.
Informal weddings are one that is the furthest from the formal wedding from attire all the way to food. A bride in an informal wedding may be wearing a suit or short dress. Locations are also fairly different; they can range anything from having a daytime wedding in a park/outdoors, or having a wedding with a theme.
There are many fun and exciting themes couples may choose from. The theme a couple selects should reflect them and a theme they are both into. The most popular is ethnic wedding themes. Many couples like to incorporate elements in their weddings to define their country of origin during their wedding. Also, if the couple is from different cultures, the couple should work together in attempt to accommodate to each person’s culture values and beliefs. Different things the bride and the groom can do to incorporate their background in their wedding day may be:
- - Wear their cultures traditional clothing to honor his/her heritage
- - Cultural songs may be played
- - The color scheme can be planned around
Having a seasonal theme is also a great idea. For instance, having a winter wonderland wedding will provide you with a number of different things that you can do to reflect this theme. For instance, hanging snowflakes from the ceiling and using lots of white and blue as your color scheme.
Other theme ideas may include
- - A gorgeous Hawaiian luau filled with flower leis, tropical music and ukulele players will make your guests feel like they are in Hawaii miles away.
- - Masquerade theme is a great way to add mystery with a hint of class to your wedding day.
- - Incorporate Christmas, the most festive holiday of the year to your wedding day. With red and green trimming, pine cones and holly this Christmas holiday is surely a show stopper.
Stepping outside of the box and breaking from tradition is not necessarily a bad thing. Each couple has their own reason for doing things. For instance, the couple may not want to dance to a slow song in front of everyone. Some people don’t like the fact that hundreds of eyes are simply lying on just them. Doing things your own way could in fact have your guests talking about how creative and memorable your wedding truly was!
Outside weddings are simply gorgeous and a great way to capture a great natural scene, especially if it’s a summer time wedding. However, as we all know Mother Nature is unpredictable, so always have a backup plan. Don’t rely on old folktales that claim to make it not rain such as placing brooms in trees!
A destination wedding is a wedding that takes place somewhere other where the couple resides. When planning a destination wedding, the couple isn’t necessarily looking for that grand hall, large guest list and fancy attire. Destination weddings may only include the bride, groom, parents of the bride and groom and the priest/rabbi/imam. If however the couple want a few important people there who just can’t afford it, the couple may choose to pay for their expenses fully or maybe half. Having a destination wedding can be hard for potential guests might not have the budget to travel. Most places couples decide to have a a destination wedding are a tropical island, cruise boat or ski resort.
Eloping is when a couple decides to have a wedding, but it is only going to be for the two of them. No guests. Some couples choose this because they want the alone time one on one with each other. Also, another example of why people might so this is if they are an older couple. If it’s an older couple that’s never been married, then they have no children to share this day with. Contacting a wedding planner in the area you wish to elope in is a good idea. They can make all the arrangements you need so that it will all be ready upon your arrival. An eloping destination that has become very popular for some time now is Las Vegas Nevada.