Last week, you went to a wedding where the bride and groom wore Hawaiian clothes and stood in a creek to exchange vows. While it was a lovely occasion and you could tell the couple is in love, you want to keep your upcoming big day as traditional as possible.
With this in mind, the following tips will help you plan the ultimate traditional wedding, as well as mention trends that you can easily avoid:
Start with Classic Invitations
One of the best ways to set the tone for your traditional wedding is by choosing classic wedding invitations. Your Hawaiian-clothed friends sent out postcards from a local souvenir shop for their invites, so you knew right away their day would be a bit different.
For you, check out the “Classic & Formal” style wedding invitations on Minted.com. Here, you can find plenty of beautiful and traditional designs that feature lovely fonts and colors without overdoing it. Your traditional invitation should include basic information about the wedding day and venue, as well as an enclosed RSVP card.
Now, What to Wear
Traditional wedding attire tends to include a white wedding dress for you, which includes a train that is around 3 to 4 feet long. The dresses you and your bridesmaids choose should be similar in style to your dress, and the maid or matron of honor may wear a different color.
For your handsome groom and his groomsmen, consider renting tuxedos, along with a white vest and tie for your sweetie. Although you may have been to weddings with a number of attendants, traditional weddings call for one attendant per 50 invited guests. Most traditional weddings will also include two young relatives to be the ring bearer and flower girl.
Traditional Venues and Ceremonies
Most traditional weddings are held in a place of worship like a church or synagogue. The ceremony will feature classic wedding vows rather than poetic or humorous ones that you and your honey compose yourself. For the reception, you can go with a meeting room at the same location as the ceremony, or you can opt for a nearby banquet hall. As much as you like the outdoors, a park or other less formal venue is not typically part of a traditional wedding or reception.
Now, Trends to Avoid
As you plan your traditional wedding, it’s important to be aware of some common nuptial trends, so you can avoid them like the proverbial plague. For example, photo booths are a kitschy no-no for a classic wedding. Instead of providing your guests with cheesy props, ask your photographer to make an effort to capture candid and posed shots of everyone who attended your special day.
Additionally, steer clear of unusual cake flavors like coffee or hazelnut and go with classics like vanilla or chocolate that most people, including you, will like. Another trend you can safely ignore is providing phone charging stations at your wedding and reception. While it may seem practical and even polite to give your guests a way to recharge their devices, it also sends the message that you expect people to be glued to their screens rather than kicking back and enjoying your special day with you.
Your Traditional Day Will be Lovely, Memorable and Oh-So Meaningful
Trendy weddings, while interesting to attend, are definitely not for everyone. Fortunately, it’s possible to plan a classic and traditional wedding that avoids current trends and will give you and your sweetie a lifetime of memories.