Somewhere between the price of your wedding dress and the cost of your wedding reception. It’s easy to lose sight of the reasons why you’re getting married in the first place. But there are so many different types of weddings, each with its own approach to celebrating love, that it’s worth looking at some of the options that exist. Here are three popular types of weddings to consider when planning your special day.
A Traditional or Classic Wedding
If you’re planning on getting married in a church or a formal venue, you’ll need to plan for all types of seating arrangements. For example, will you be having rows or pews? And how many people can your space comfortably hold? If you have room for only 200 people, it doesn’t make sense to invite 300. Save yourself some time and money and figure out your max capacity early on. Also keep in mind any other factors that might limit how many guests you can seat—like outside vendors who are helping with catering or decorating. Many venues charge per guest, so overshooting your guest list can quickly increase your costs.
If you’ve been planning a wedding for some time and have put plenty of thought into your ceremony, reception, and location, but just haven’t quite figured out how to tell family and friends about it yet, a destination wedding may be right for you. Just keep in mind that a destination wedding will require more work on your part to get everything together because most guests won’t be able to just drive over to attend your celebration. If you’re up for it (and can afford it), though, go with a destination wedding; you’ll likely enjoy every minute!
An elopement wedding is an intimate ceremony with no more than a few people in attendance, such as parents and close friends. It can be held almost anywhere and on any day, making it an ideal option for those who don’t want a traditional or over-the-top affair. If you want to make your nuptials extra special without attracting attention, an elopement might be right for you. Plus, it’s always exciting when there are fewer guests. You won’t have to worry about seating assignments! Plus it allows you and your significant other to do what’s most important. Celebrate being together as husband and wife with those that matter most.
A Beach Wedding
A beach wedding is all about simplicity. You can have an intimate ceremony with just a few people, or a larger one if you wish. The reception could be just as simple—it all depends on your budget and how much you want to go with the flow. In order to pull off a beach wedding, keep in mind that most venues won’t allow for alcohol. This means no open bar or bartender! You’ll also need to schedule everything well in advance—beach weddings tend to book up quickly and locations can get busy during peak times (think: summer). If you’re having trouble getting things set up, look for an officiant that has experience performing ceremonies at beaches.
Vineyard weddings are extremely popular types of weddings in New England. If you’re looking for a romantic location with stunning views, a vineyard wedding is perfect. Vineyards often provide catering and lodging at affordable prices, which means you can avoid bringing in outside vendors to handle food and entertainment. The natural beauty of an outdoor venue will be one less thing for you to worry about when planning your big day. It also means that if it rains on your wedding day. You don’t have to scramble for another option because everything is already prepared on-site. You can host both your ceremony and reception at a vineyard venue—just make sure you budget extra time between events so guests don’t get bored waiting around!
If you’re set on a destination wedding, but prefer something a little more traditional, consider going on a cruise ship. A cruise offers you plenty of options for your ceremony and reception, and allows for an exciting honeymoon at sea. You can also book your guests to join you if you want to extend your celebration even further! No matter where your cruise wedding takes place. It will be an unforgettable affair that fits perfectly with your modern sensibilities.