Planning a traditional wedding ceremony


It seems like these days there are a lot of great suggestions available to couples who want to plan a quirky contemporary wedding, but less information for brides who prefer a more traditional style. Even with all of the emphasis on throwing a wedding that is hip and unique, there is still something to be said for weddings that rely more on custom and tradition.

This is a guide to planning a traditional wedding ceremony. The most classic wedding ceremonies are all white. White (or ivory) wedding gown, white flowers and candles, white flower girl dresses, and even a white aisle runner. Generally the only real color comes in the bridesmaid dresses and perhaps their sets of jewelry (although white pearl bridesmaid jewelry sets would also be very appropriate).

Very traditional weddings do not feature bridesmaids in chartreuse mini dresses, either. All of the attire should lean towards what is classic and conservative. Of course, every couple also has the right to personalize their wedding, even a traditional one, so if the bride wants a pale pink or baby blue sash on her white gown, that sort of accent would look very pretty and still feel sufficiently traditional.

Speaking of the bridal gown, it is one of the central elements in any wedding ceremony. If your style is traditional, look for a gown with timeless details such as lace trim, long trains, and silk flowers. A traditional wedding dress need not be a full ball skirt, but nor should it be a slinky mermaid style. A-line skirts are always pretty, as are fuller ones if that is your style. Look for necklines such as sweetheart, portrait, and bateau necks. Strapless gowns can also work, if worn with a beautiful matching shrug for the ceremony. Classic pearl bridal jewelry and a long veil will provide the perfect finishing touches.

Choosing your wedding flowers will be easy. Traditional bouquet options include perennial favorites like roses, lily-of-the-valley, orchids, and lilies. Almost any all-white arrangement will work (perhaps with a little pink thrown in for fun), as long as you stick to the classic flowers. The only things that will not work are very casual flowers like daisies or trendy details like peacock feathers. The bridesmaid bouquets for a traditional wedding are generally created from the same type of flowers are the bridal bouquet, but in a color that complements the bridesmaid dresses.

The marriage ceremony itself will be traditional if you exchange the standard vows, rather than trying to write your own. Some couples will opt to recite the same vows as their parents did before them. This will probably mean that the vows will include language that is not used in most modern weddings, specifically the phrase “obey”. You can also request that the officiant use the traditional pronouncement “man and wife” rather than the modern “husband and wife” if you really want to honor the older customs. The appeal of a traditional wedding ceremony is that it is truly timeless. Stripped of modern trends, the service will retain more of the honor and respect for the past that can be such a meaningful part of a wedding. Wedding trends may come and go, but a traditional ceremony will always be in good taste.