Wedding Styles and Themes
The joining of two different families to create a brand
new one can mean the continuation of age-old traditions,
as well as the opportunities to create new ones. While
planning a wedding, most couples want a particular style,
be it a religious, civil or a commitment ceremony.
Getting married in a church has religious implications
that attract most couples. It is a religious ceremony
in which the bride and groom have their marriage sanctified
in the presence of God. Christian matrimony gives a
special grace to the couple. It is a civil ceremony
and must be recognized by the law. A clergyman has to
be registered in order to perform the ceremony. Christianity
teaches its followers that marriage is for life. These
days, religious weddings are open to people of every
faith. Most catholic weddings include communion, which
is only offered to those who have received their First
Holy Communion in the Catholic Church. For Jewish weddings,
the services are often in Hebrew.
A civil wedding is a service conducted by a superintendent
registrar. After the wedding vows are exchanged, the
registrar records the marriage in the register and then
the bride, groom and witnesses are required to sign
the register. The registrar and superintendent will
then sign the register and present the certificate to
the bride. This is a very short ceremony and lasts for
approximately half an hour.
Commitment ceremonies are not necessarily contracts
that are legally binding. It means that two people can
show their commitment to each other without making it
legal. This is also a perfect way for a gay couple to
make public their love for each other. These services
are similar to civil ceremonies and can be recognized
in any local authority venue.
More and more couples these days seem to be opting
out of traditional weddings and veering towards weddings
of their own choice. As a result of which, themed weddings
have gained popularity but most couples don’t
know how to incorporate a theme into their wedding.
The fairy tale theme is the most popular with the brides,
as they like to be treated like royalty on their wedding
day. Fairy tale brides wear extravagant wedding dresses
and shoes. Common choices for bridal gowns include,
ball gowns and princess dresses with matching tiaras.
Outdoor garden themes are also very popular. Summer
garden themes allow for dresses with airy fabrics and
wedding shoes that are comfortable and relaxed.
The more adventurous brides opt for beach weddings.
Since the beach is the chosen venue, the usual bridal
dresses for such weddings show a lot of skin. Beaches
are generally chosen as the venue if there are sentimental
moments between the couple that happened at the beach.
Medieval themed weddings are a romantic and beautiful
way of getting married. The chosen venues are generally
beautiful old castles and stately old homes with acres
of stunning gardens. Bridal dresses can be dramatic
and full corseted with bold colors when the wedding
theme is medieval.
Getting married on Valentines Day would make the most
memorable anniversary date. The beauty of this kind
of wedding is that it gives you the opportunity to embrace
the powerful feeling of romanticism that Valentines
Day brings. But make sure the location is booked well
in advance because Valentines Day is a very popular
day to tie the knot. Travel themed and ethnic weddings
are also getting popular and common inspirations are
the Japanese, Arabian and African cultures.