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How Formal Should My Wedding Be

There comes a time in the wedding planning phase when you have to sit down and decide on how formal your wedding should be. Some couples prefer the laid-back atmosphere of the informal wedding with only a few key pieces to hold their theme together. Others prefer ball gowns, tuxedos and expensive décor adorning their venue. From the start of the planning phase, it’s important to know what you want out of your wedding. To make your decision making a lot easier, here are a few guidelines for the different formalities of weddings:

Informal Ceremonies

Are generally more relaxed than its more formal counterparts. It involves less than 100 guests, and they’re not required to wear anything too fancy. The bride can wear any type of wedding dress she desires, from a Bohemian-style dress to a more fun short skater dress; whereas the groom can opt to wear a suit or a formal shirt that’s in line with the wedding’s theme.

The bride and groom’s entourage would involve around four people namely the maid of honor, the best man, a bridesmaid and a groomsman. As for the venue, it’s usually in a less formal space like a hall, a beach or even a garden, and a light lunch or an afternoon meal is usually served.

Semiformal Ceremonies

Have many similarities to the informal ceremony, but it’s slightly more put-together and formal. There are about 100 to 250 guests involved, with the ladies dressed in semiformal dresses and men dressed in more conservative suits in black, blue or charcoal. The bride should wear a traditional wedding dress without a train, but with a veil that’s doesn’t go past her fingertips.

Unlike the informal ceremony, semiformal ceremonies would involve more people in the bride and groom’s entourage. Usually, there are about three attendants each for the bride and groom. Semiformal ceremonies can be held during the daytime or in the evening. Of all the wedding types, this is considered to be the most flexible as it can borrow elements from both the formal and informal ceremony.

Formal Ceremonies

Are the most demure and serious of all wedding types as there are some requirements for it to be considered fully formal. Formal ceremonies usually include more than 250 guests, with a formal dress code for women and a white tie dress code for men. The bride’s dress should have a long train and a long veil that goes past her fingertips.

At least four attendants are required for the bride and groom, and they’re usually adorned with matching accessories or a color scheme. Common venues for formal ceremonies are at a place of worship, a hotel or a club with a large enough venue hall. In order to make planning a formal wedding a lot easier, there are a lot of professional wedding planners who specialize in this type of wedding.

One important thing you should know is that you don’t necessarily have to stick to all these rules when you’re planning your wedding. You can borrow elements from each type and still pull off a great wedding. For instance, you can choose to have all the elements of a formal wedding with only 50 guests to save up on costs. You can also choose to have a huge informal wedding where you can invite all your friends and family. The choice is yours!