Before you decide on a wedding theme think about you and your second half as a couple: are you one of those classical weddings couple? Maybe you’re more modern, more deep and dark colors with heavy music kind of couple? But if you are the classical kind, then you’re at the right place. In fact, if you’re planning on having your website this year, hurry up and take the theme, because it’s one of the wedding trends of 2018.
If you tried to go back in time to when weddings first emerged, you’d have to go very far. Weddings are age-old traditions and sacred rituals. They also have very deep meanings behind them. Frankly, that hasn’t changed throughout the centuries. That’s why a classical wedding will always be just that: a classic theme. And you want to know one of it’s biggest perks? Your classical wedding photos will stay modern: classic never goes out of style. So why don’t we consider some things you could incorporate into your classical weddings.
The classical reception
You probably already know, that a classic or, also known as a traditional wedding is a very formal occasion. It includes a sit-down 3-course dinner at the reception. Typically, a classic wedding includes the couple marrying in a church: that’s a must you can’t miss. And thought about the bridal party? All the people running around, helping the marrying couple out on the most important day of their lives? On classical weddings, the party will include flower girls, junior bridesmaids and groomsmen, page boys, ushers and, of course, ring bearers.
As you know, there are also some formal celebrations that traditional weddings always include.
For starters, wedding photos: what is this all for if you’re not going to capture it perfectly and professionally, one might say. Then comes the cutting of the cake: and that’s a super important one.
The bride and the groom in the middle of the huge hall, cutting the cake, feeding each other, laughing and dancing.
Then there come the speeches: and hopefully, no drunk uncle takes the microphone and embarrassed everyone.
Classical weddings are also known for their perfect first dance of the couple. They go to dance classes for months, prepare the perfect dance that represents them as a couple then they dance while everyone admires them. But that’s not all: classical weddings also include the father-daughter and mother-son dances.
What’s your favorite and most fun part of weddings? I know most people love the garter and bouquet toss. And there are no classical weddings without these.
The princess dress and the black tuxedo
Wedding’s one of the most, if not the only most important thing is the bridal dress. And you can’t argue with that. Especially with the bride. And what makes classical weddings even more special are the bride’s classically styles, most of the time princess ballgown-style wedding dress. And there’s no doubt that the dress has got to be white. Now, what about the groom? He has to wear a classic black tuxedo. With him follow the groomsmen: wearing tuxedos or formal suits. And that’s about it. In classical weddings, you can’t add too much creativity to the bridal dress or the groom’s tuxedo.
The music and all
If you think about it, nowadays as a walk down the aisle music is becoming less of a traditional choice. The couple tries to go for more radio-friendly favorites when choosing their wedding music. But there comes a contradiction: does the music go with all of the classical venues? What about the guest’s tastes?
If you’re having that super traditional wedding in a formal setting, let’s say in a ballroom, an art museum or a symphony hall, you got to play up the opulence of the surrounds by choosing classic pieces.
So, there are different times when you go to play some music. Let’s talk about those.
First comes the prelude: the half hour or so when people are just gathering for your wedding ceremony. Playing some of these classics will work:
– “Prelude in C” (J.S. Bach)
– “Clair de Lune” (C. Debussy)
– “La Primavera” and “L’inverno” from the Four Seasons (A.Vivaldi).
Then, there’s the seating of the family. Imagine, the ceremony has just begun and you go to seat your guests and grandparents, then move to you the seating of mothers: yes, that’s how classical weddings work. Here’s are some ideas for music:
– “Arioso” (J.S. Bach)
– “Allegro Maestoso” from Water Music (G.F. Handel)
– “Meditation from Tais” (J. Massenet)
Moving on to the walk down the aisle for everyone except the bride: professional. Want some ideas for traditional music for those moments?
– “March” from Occasional Oratorio (G.F. Handel)
– “Trumpet Voluntary” (J. Clark)
– “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (J.S. Bach)
At last, there’s the bride’s entrance! The brand entrance!
– “The Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin (R. Wagner)
– “Rondeau” (J.J. Mouret)
– “Allegro Maestoso” from Water Music (G.F. Handel)
The flowers: the most important decor of classical weddings
And when I say flowers, I don’t only mean the bride’s bouquet. But let’s start with that. How about a bouquet of majolica roses, hydrangeas, and dinner-plate dahlias? That will look stunning. But do you know what says classical wedding more than anything? White flowers! You could go with different-sized polar roses, hydrangeas, and white Angelique tulips and you’d have a handful of magical flowers. And then, there’s always the sweetest option: a rose bouquet. But it all depends on your taste as a bride.
Then, there are the floral arrangements you’re going to have all over your wedding. And that’s going to set the most classical mood you want to set. Make sure to make the right decision with those. Consulting with expert florists is an excellent idea.
So, there we go with some advice and tips on how you can create that magical and traditional wedding you’re dreaming about. And if you’re not sure you want classical weddings as your wedding theme, 2018 has a bunch of other wedding trends you can follow.