This is definitely a question we hear from a lot of brides. Many brides feel the pressure to wear the traditional white gown, to have a church wedding, etc. However, this is not some bride's vision of their wedding day. Some brides want a destination wedding, want to wear the pink, red, or black gown. They don't want the church wedding. Some don't want a wedding at all. Others, may want the wedding, but want to execute a theme. Is this okay? Absolutely!
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life. It is something you should look back on with much joy and love. You may ask yourself, what are some wedding trends that are totally acceptable and don't fit into that square box. Please see the infinite list below.
- Themes - These range from "Winter in Wonderland" to "Halloween" to "Under the Sea". Why not have a wedding based on your favorite movie, sport, or subject?
- Dessert Bars - Some brides are opting for the doughnuts, cupcakes, pies, cheesecakes, or a combination thereof in lieu of a traditional tiered wedding cake. Candy bars are becoming more and more popular. Many opt for the 1 to 2 tiers to be able to cut the cake, but that's for photography purposes only, and then dive right into the other scrumptious dessert options.
- Wedding Dresses - Don't want the long white Cinderella looking dress with the long white train and veil? That's okay! Many brides are opting for the non-traditional wedding dress. This may be subject to color accents to full-color wedding dresses. Sometimes, they wear a dress that is consistent with their theme!
- Bridesmaids Dresses - Do they have to be long? Do they have to match? Do the colors need to be the same? Not at all! Bridesmaids wear dresses that they can wear again - sometimes they come off the rack. Some brides allow their brides to choose the same color and fabric in a completely different dress style. Others may opt for the same or complimentary fabric, but choose coordinating colors. The choice is up to you!
- Tuxes - The groom and his groomsmen no longer have to wear the traditional black tux. Depending on the wedding theme, some have been known to wear linen pants and shirt to the beach, jeans, tie, and/or vest to a western themed wedding, or the suit (which they can wear again) are all popular choices.
- Destination Wedding - This is a popular option for those who want a small intimate wedding with their closest family and friends. They avoid the fuss, have memories galore, and it includes the honeymoon too! Some couples choose to have a reception for family and friends that were not able to attend the wedding, but still want to partake in the festivities.
- Ceremony and Reception - It used to be the norm to have the wedding at the church and the reception at a banquet hall. Not anymore! The sky is the limit. Some choose venues that can host both the ceremony and the reception. Others, have them in two separate locations. Venues can be rehabilitated barns, museums, wineries, and beaches to name a few. It may be the very location in which you were proposed!
Ultimately, your wedding day is just that. YOUR wedding day. It should be everything YOU envisioned. You don't have to stuff yourself into a box that friends or family may put you in. Climb on out and see what's out there that interests YOU!