A Wedding Expert Shares 3 Tips on how to Personalize your Wedding
Preparing for a wedding sometimes feels like trying to stand upright in a hurricane. Weddings might be a magical experience, but there’s a lot of pressure leading up to the big day! Combine that with the fact that you must navigate centuries of traditions to appease your extended family, and it can all feel a bit overwhelming.
Thankfully, things are a bit more flexible than they used to be, and you have the freedom to follow certain traditions and skip over others. This flexibility makes it easier than ever to tailor a wedding to your own vision. Wear a short wedding dress, buy a non-traditional cake, use technology to craft your invitations –there are many fun ways you can personalize your big day in 2017!
1. The shifting (shortening) world of wedding dresses
At this point, every soon-to-be bride has seen the luxurious Kate Middleton wedding dress with its 110-inch train, literally fit for royalty. It certainly is a beautiful gown, but if your aim is to get low on the dance floor, having such a lengthy train following you around isn’t ideal. You need something sleeker than a princess-esque dress with heaps of fabric and a tight, corseted bodice.
It has been a gradual process, but wedding dresses of all shapes and sizes (and colors) are becoming the norm. It all depends on how adventurous you are! Even the standard white wedding dress is being challenged by other shades & hues looking for their chance to shine. Women began cautiously with golds and pastel pinks, but today any colour of the rainbow is fair game. If you think the colour white isn’t you, then try some other tones and find one you love! It’s your day, and you should feel beautiful in a colour of your own choosing.
Another trend you’ll notice in bridal magazines recently is the growing popularity of shorter wedding dresses. Floor length is perfect for a formal occasion in a church or indoor venue, but what if you want to be outdoors for a romantic ocean-side wedding? If you’re not afraid to get a bit sandy then any dress will do, but there’s no doubt a less-lengthy wedding dress looks great on the beach! Not to mention, longer dresses are more of a pain to take long distances.
A nice balance for ladies looking for something portable but still fairly traditional is the tea-length wedding dress. This style can be just as elegant as the floor-length, and has the added bonus of letting the bride show off her shoes! For women who want to avoid offending conservative family members but still desire a fresh, less formal look, the tea-length style is a great option.
For those soon-to-be brides who want to get married at a tropical destination though, it might be a good idea to consider something even shorter. In the past it would be deemed improper, but today short wedding dresses are a stylish, trendy option for the modern woman. Not only are they comfortable for warmer venues, but they can also be re-worn! The one-and-done Cinderella ball-gown isn’t for everyone, and many brides want to get more use out of such an expensive piece of clothing (regardless of its sentimental value).
2. The creative cake movement
Wedding cakes have a long, colourful history, and are an iconic part of the wedding experience. Many of us are familiar with the custom of the bride and groom sticking cake in each other’s faces, but did you know that in Ancient Rome cake was dropped on the head of the bride before being eaten? There was no frosting at that point in time so it probably wasn’t too messy, but still. On her head? It’s not like cake can be worn as a hat (although that might be cute).
Wedding cakes still hold a symbolic position in marriage ceremonies in 2017, but like wedding dresses, now come in many flavours. If you want something that breaks a bit from the norm, there are many choices out there for you to dream about (and eventually sink your teeth into).
Couples looking for something different but still classy can try a chandelier cake. This beautiful confectionary delight turns the standard image of a wedding cake upside down, with its narrow base and wide top making it look as if someone carefully turned it over. This cake is elegant & formal, plus it appears to defy gravity; making it an eye-catching wedding centerpiece. This is the kind of cake that will leave an impression on friends and family alike, and if you don’t believe me check out this stunning example from Azucar Bakery in Denver, Colorado:
Another design that is trending up and fits in well with the 21st-century world is the naked cake (due to our obsession with healthy eating, not our obsession with being naked). The standard layer of frosting that drapes most cakes like a sugary blanket is missing here, but don’t fret! There is still plenty of frosting to go around, plus they look amazing. New York City’s famous Magnolia Bakery has a beautiful take on the naked wedding cake if you don’t believe me.
3. Wedding invitations & technology
Getting a bunch of “happy birthday” messages on Facebook is nice, but can you name each person who sent you one? Although the internet has made communicating long distances a piece of cake, there is something more personal about receiving a physical letter. This feeling, along with tradition, have allowed paper wedding invitations to survive in a day & age where they are not necessary. Have wedding invites adapted to the modern world at all?
The short answer is, they haven’t adapted much. Many engaged couples create wedding websites, but these are not a substitute for paper invitations. Instead, they serve as a platform for extra wedding information — connecting guests to the registry and other useful details. Most of the necessary info (including the website URL) appears on the physical invite. Thankfully, there are still some fun ways you can incorporate technology into your invitations.
One method is to create personalized wedding invitation CDs. I’m a music lover, and this is a fun way to include essential details, some good tunes, plus engagement photos to get guests excited for your wedding. Not to mention, they make a cool memento for you, your closest friends, and your family for whenever you’re feeling a little nostalgic! If you have the tech savvy, this is one technique to spice up your invites.
You could also try writing your first invitation by hand and then scanning it. Combining the personal touch of penmanship with the convenience of scanning technology is a fun, efficient way to get started on your wedding invites. Or, if you aren’t too comfortable with calligraphy, ask a close friend or family member to write it out! Planning a wedding takes a lot of energy, and your loved ones will almost certainly be happy to lend a helping hand. You’ll be plenty busy in the upcoming days — knock invitations off your checklist so you can direct energy elsewhere.
There’s no reason you can’t comfortably blend some modern style into your wedding if you want to do so. Traditions change over time – embrace those that resonate with you, and try something new too! From short gold dresses to upside-down cakes, it’s up to you where you take your wedding this year. Best of luck on the road ahead, and don’t forget to enjoy the journey!
About the Author
Sophie Darling is a wedding expert and editor at WeddingDresses.com. Sophie is known in the industry as a wedding professional who knows how to create the perfect wedding day without breaking the bank. When she’s not pinning wedding-inspo and pining for Mr. Right, she enjoys meeting her girlfriends over margaritas to discuss nonsense and unfulfilled romances.
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