While so many young couples like to plan themed weddings ranging from cosplay to bohemian, there will always be those couples who look forward to an elegant wedding with all the timeless classic elements of a traditional fairytale wedding. If you are looking for what it takes to plan a wedding of that scope, the best advice is to begin making plans at least a year in advance. These seven elements of a fashionably elegant wedding should get you started in the right direction.
1. Wedding Planner
If for no other reason than to take some of the stress of the bride-to-be when planning her wedding, a wedding planner should be your first objective. Not any wedding planner will do, so make sure to get references so that you know you are going to be working with someone who understands all the nuances of a traditional wedding. Also, make sure you have a great rapport with your wedding planner because you will be spending a good deal of time with them over the coming months.
Not all venues can offer the amenities you need when choosing a place to host your reception. Always look for a venue that has a great banquet facility and is lavishly decorated as the occasion demands. Does the venue have a ballroom? Remember, traditional elegant wedding receptions aren’t going to be entertained by DJs and dance bands. Usually, if a dance band is hired there will be a small chamber
orchestra softly playing during dinner.
One of the big issues many couples have is table settings. If you want an elegant wedding, nothing less than fine china and crystal goblets will do. If the venue doesn’t have this kind of table service, you may be able to rent place settings. This is something your wedding planner will know.
3. Seasonal Color Palettes
While many of the finer hotels change their colors seasonally, many others will leave the banquet facilities up to the wedding party to decorate. It is suggested that you decorate with two neutral colors along with two seasonal colors. For example, if you were hosting a wedding in December, you might want to choose red and green as your seasonal colors while a June wedding would call for colors like yellow and lavender.
4. Wedding Party Attire
As mentioned above, your choice of colors may be seasonal, which would mean that the bridal party’s attire would need to complement the palette you’ve chosen (or vice versa). Make sure that you have your wedding planner fully investigate how much freedom you have in decorating the venue because it wouldn’t do at all to have the wedding party clash with the décor!
If you have any doubt as to what to wear for a traditional wedding, make sure to check the current trending wedding fashion designers. Don’t be alarmed when you see some gowns costing more than that new minivan you’ve recently bought. You can find gowns for any budget; these are just to give you an idea of what it takes to present an elegant appeal in the modern age.
5. Invitations & Stationery
Here is another very important aspect of planning an elegant traditional wedding. Never buy stock invitations when planning an elegant wedding. Always have them printed on the finest parchment, preferably with gold or silver leaf print. It takes a fine printer to offer the kind of quality you require, so take your time talking to several printers to get classic invitations at prices that make sense.
6. The Reception
As mentioned above, the reception venue is of utmost importance, and the choice of music makes a difference as well. But what about the way in which the venue is hosted? Who is going to be your master of ceremonies and who will announce the entrance of the newlyweds? While this is something typically left to members of the band or a DJ if one is hired, a traditional wedding will not have that kind of entertainment. Sometimes this honor is left to the best man and other times the wedding planner does the announcements or hires someone to take that role. This is something you’ll want to discuss in detail with your wedding planner, along with seating arrangements once the venue is booked.
What fairy tale wedding have you ever seen in the movies or read about in books where the bride and groom weren’t carried away in an elegant couch complete with coachmen? Of course you ‘could’ hire a horse and carriage to take you from the church to the reception venue, but you can’t very well expect a horse-drawn carriage to be allowed into the airport where you’ll depart for that long-awaited honeymoon. This is where you’ll need to book a well-respected executive limousine service that has a professional chauffeur and all the bells and whistles you’d expect in the back of a limo on your wedding night! Don’t settle for anything less than an elegant limo to complete a picture perfect day.
A Few Final Thoughts
While those are the traditional elements of an elegant wedding, you will also want to hire the best photographer in your area. Always look at his or her portfolio to ensure they have photographed weddings of this caliber. What kind of special effects can they provide to certain photos and are they well equipped to provide digital photo disks to be displayed in today’s photo viewers? Will they be recording video or still shots and how will they conduct the photo shoot with the entire bridal party?
In the end, your wedding planner will help you see to all those little details you are likely to forget, but the final decisions are always in your hands. You can see just how involved planning an elegant wedding can be and just how much you can expect to spend. This is one of the reasons long engagements are recommended, which will give you time to make all the financial arrangements you’ll need to see to. It won’t be cheap, but it will be a wedding to remember. This is the first day of the rest of your lives together, so plan it well so that you can sit back and enjoy the day as it should be enjoyed. Perhaps that’s the best tip of all!
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