When you imagine a wedding, what do you see?
Do you see a large church with an ornate wedding gown or a Las Vegas drive-through? Personally, I see a beach with a cool breeze. For me, the beach is where Heaven and Earth meet and is the perfect place to start a life with the one that I love more than anyone.
We have all heard about or been invited to a “destination wedding” or saw pictures from our Aunt’s “formal wedding”. You have heard these terms, but do you really know what it means? In today’s post, we take a look at 8 popular types of weddings.
1. The Formal Ceremony: Hundreds of guests, age-old traditions, elaborate gowns, and a dozen or more people in the wedding party is what a formal wedding is made of. Adhering to expectations set generations ago, the formal wedding is an affair to remember. This ceremony is perfect for the couple that loves the process and wants the full wedding experience. For a bride that has dreamed of her wedding since she was a little girl, the formal ceremony fulfills all of the daydreams and fantasies.
2. The Informal Ceremony: Similar to the formal wedding, an informal wedding adds customization options while still keeping a traditional feel. The informal ceremony doesn’t keep all of the traditions from the last few hundred years but instead respects them. It allows for the bride and groom to have things their way but still feels like ceremonies of old.
3. Civil Ceremony: Typically held in courthouses or even the Mayor’s office, a civil ceremony is usually a quick affair. Civil ceremonies are perfect for a couple that wants to quickly elope, or would
rather spend the time and money on the honeymoon. Civil ceremonies are secular affairs, and will usually feature just the couple, officiant, and one or two witnesses. It doesn’t get much smaller than a civil ceremony, and it is not unusual for the bride and groom to show up in casual attire.
4. Eloping: You met your soul-mate and nothing will stand in the way of you two getting hitched, and getting hitched as soon as possible. If that is you, then you are in the market to elope. No planning, no setup, no invites, reception, or anything else that one thinks of when imagining a wedding is what eloping is made of. Eloping can take place in a courthouse, small chapel or church, or as we do here in Las Vegas, a drive-through. Couples that elope can use the venue staff as their witness, so no guests are required.
5. The Destination Wedding: Combining the wedding and honeymoon is the destination wedding. For those couples that want to share the few days leading up to, and the few days at the start of, the honeymoon, a destination wedding is an answer. Because of the typically exotic location and time required, destination weddings are usually smaller and may only have 10-20 guests. An exotic backdrop and only the best of friends and closest of family members make the destination wedding one of life’s most beautiful moments.
6. Cruise Wedding: Taking the destination to the next level by adding multiple destinations is the cruise wedding. Held aboard a cruise ship, the cruise ceremony is an all-in-one wedding. Ships that accommodate cruise weddings usually come with a wedding planner and everything needed to hold your ceremony while sailing the open seas. After the ceremony, the new couple can move to the reception and begin the honeymoon without ever having to leave the area.
7. Military Wedding: A special type of ceremony for our heroes in the Armed Forces, the military wedding stands on ceremony developed over 200 years of American history. Full dress uniform is required for a military wedding and can be held in a chapel on base or as a civil ceremony. The hallmark of a military wedding is the Saber Arch in which commissioned soldiers stand on either side of the aisle and raise their swords to create an archway for the couple to walk under as they leave the ceremony. This symbolizes safe entry into military life for the previously civilian spouse.
8. Group Wedding: If you are anything like me, you had a group of friends that you saw every day. In our case, we were inseparable. We spent every day together and did everything together. If you had that group of friends and didn’t see any reason your wedding day should be any different, then a group wedding is the way to go. Otherwise known as a mass wedding, group weddings feature anywhere from several to thousands of couples getting married at the same time and in the same place. Group weddings have also been used as a form of social commentary, such as the mass wedding in Massachusetts to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage.
Knowing the style of wedding you want is the first step in planning the big day, and knowing what kind of wedding gown to look for in our Las Vegas bridal boutique. Once you know what kind of ceremony you are having, our wedding dress experts can help you find the perfect gown for you. We have dresses for every wedding, and having the best wedding gown designers in the country in-house lets us help you with the perfect custom wedding dress or one of our in stock gowns.