Choose First Your Type of Wedding and then Plan for It

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Managing Wedding |

wedding planningBrides always dream of a dream wedding. But when the actual day arises they get totally confused. Organizing an event like wedding is not that easy. It requires a lot of planning, insight and foresight. Therefore there are professional wedding planners nowadays the job of whom is to run the wedding smoothly without making the bride get disturbed about anything and let her enjoy her big day truly. Some may say, wedding planning contains mainly decoration, some may say catering, some may say all vendors – but all these come afterwards – after confirming what type of wedding is going to take place. What are these different types?

Civil Wedding

A civil wedding is that which is typically arranged in a courthouse, judges’ chamber or city hall, and is presided over by a judge, a Justice of Peace or a mayor. It contains simple vows and very few and very intimate guests. It doesn’t need a lot of planning. But if the couple wants a grand reception to follow, that requires full wedding planning.

Religious Wedding

A religious wedding is necessarily held in a place of worship of which the bride or groom is a member. After the exchange of vows, reception follows immediately for which usually there is arrangement in the church, or it can be arranged in an altogether different place. Here the wedding planner has a lot of work to do, because the church is to be decorated for the ceremony like any other wedding venue, guests’ seating arrangement has to be paid attention to and so on. Giving the ceremony the right religious feel is also the planner’s job.

Formal Wedding

A wedding planner’s job still increases if it is a formal wedding, because a formal wedding contains a lot of social expectations, including intricately decorated wedding and reception, several attendants, carved stationary, an allocated seating chart and scores of etiquettes. Formal wedding is an expensive event containing at least over 200 guests, so the planning should be done that way.

Informal Wedding

This is a less stressful type of wedding for the wedding planner, because s/he can discuss with the couple and decide the details with them to give them flexibility. An informal wedding may or may not contain a lot of traditions, coupled with something altogether new. Here the wedding planner gets a lot of creativity to use. Moreover, the informal wedding has an intimate atmosphere, so the planner should make decorations, menu, and other aspects to give the ceremony a cozy feeling.

Destination Wedding

A destination wedding is challenging for the wedding planner, because it is held in an exotic location, where the conditions may be totally unknown. Since this type of wedding includes traveling, only intimate guests comprise the wedding party, i.e. about 20. But the planning is to be done for their stay, food, entertainment and the local sight-seeing and specialties.

Cruise Wedding

This is also a type of destination wedding, held on a cruise. It is presided over by the captain of the ship or a clergyman on the port. Generally cruises have their own onboard wedding planners. They customize every detail of the event.


Eloping is a magical type of wedding where a romantic gesture of elopement is involved to get married. Las Vegas is an ultimate US destination for elopement weddings where couples get married in quick ceremonies and usually celebrate the night out of town.

Plus there are group weddings, same-sex weddings, proxy weddings and so on, each of which requires a different wedding planning. If you want your big day to be praised by all your guests, you should have a perfect wedding planning based on your wedding type. So, consider first in which style you are going to marry and then start planning the big day.