Friday, April 3, 2009

Make Sure You Decide Your Style of Wedding

By Mae Summerville

One of the very first things you must decide upon after you get engaged is the style of wedding you plan to have. The style of wedding will permeate every nook and cranny of the entire wedding planning process. Selecting your style is a creative process and should heavily involve your imagination and tastes.

Very often people will let themselves be persuaded by others and will not allow themselves to actually put on the wedding they really want to. They are afraid someone will not like their ideas such as having the wedding in a non-traditional location. Or using colors that are outside the pastel family. They become so worried about what others will think that they end up putting on the wedding of other peoples dreams and not their own.

One of the first decisions to be made is the wedding location. You have the option of a formal setting such as a church or a more casual setting such as a garden. Besides your personal tastes things such as weather and the time of the year may make the decision a more obvious one. But keep in mind even a wedding held in a church can be decorated in such a way as to give it that casual feel. Again you need to generate the look that you envisioned.

As I said earlier you need to put on a wedding that best fits your personal style. However that does not mean that if you are normally a very conservative person that you cannot put on an event that is fun and frilly. It might be more correct to say that it should reflect the ideal you. The person you really deep down want to be. Whatever sort of style you adopt it should be memorable for both you and your guests.

Keep in mind that once you decide the style of wedding it still needs to be within the budget you set up. You still have practical things like planning and details to consider. I will give you five styles that I personally like and may help you shape the style of wedding you want. You will find the following styles of weddings run the gamut of wedding budgets.

* Garden style-this obviously would be a great choice if you want a spring or summer wedding. Not very practical for the cold weather months. It is a good style because it is very versatile. You can choose from a large botanical garden which may have a pricey rental fee to using your own personal backyard. If you want a open and casual style this is easily accomplished with a ceremony that features a large arch decorated with flowers and tables arranged outside or in tents. This possibilities are endless with this style.

* Of course probably the most enduring of wedding styles is the classic style. A church decorated with gorgeous pew bows and beautiful flower arrangements that run up and down the altar. This is followed by a reception lit up with your colors shown in the many decorations you choose.

* Beach style-is still a very contemporary theme that has not faded in popularity with time. You are not limited to actually having a beach wedding by the ocean. Any outdoor area with some space can be decorated to give it that beach feel.

* For those who really really want something memorable getting married in an unusual place may be just what you want. I am sure you have seen some of the better ones on tv. From getting married at Walmart to jumping from a plane these sort of weddings are very memorable.

* Or following in the unusual style you can even go to more exotic locations. The Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, anywhere far off and fun. This sort of wedding is obviously heavily dependant on your budget and the finances of your guests.

Irregardless of your wedding plans be sure that the wedding you have is a reflection of your own personal sense of style. Years from now you can think back and remember with fondness what an awesome event your wedding day was.

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