While you bask in the afterglow of your dreamy proposal and the unfamiliar feeling of the shiny new ring on your hand, you’re probably already thinking about the next step: the wedding. If you’re putting it off because the idea of planning an entire wedding is a bit overwhelming, you’re not alone.
We want to make that process a little less intimidating, though. You may have heard that the first step of planning a wedding is deciding on the venue and/or date. However, we beg to differ. In our opinion, the first thing you should do is discuss with your future spouse what kind of wedding you want to have.
While that may seem obvious, it may not be. If your interest is piqued, keep reading for the following types of weddings to pick from or you can visit the original site. You really can’t go wrong.
While rare, a proxy wedding takes place when the bride or groom cannot attend the ceremony, usually due to serving overseas in the military. States that allow proxy marriages include California, Colorado, Texas, and Montana, although the laws vary.
One party stands in for either the bride or groom, repeats vows, and witnesses the signing/notarizing of the marriage documents. This can be done as a ceremony with guests present, or at City Hall. Often, the couple will have another ceremony once the bride or groom can attend.
A traditional religious marriage ceremony takes place in a house of worship where at least one of you is a congregation member. The reception usually occurs immediately after exchanging vows, either in the church’s banquet room or at a separate location.
Ceremonies in houses of worship are always so beautiful, so, venue-wise, this is a great choice.
A civil ceremony wedding is typically held in a courthouse, city hall, or judges’ chambers and is officiated by a Justice of the Peace, a judge, or a mayor. The secular ceremony is brief, with simple vows and just a handful of guests.
A simple or elaborate reception can follow the ceremony; it’s completely up to you.
Formal and steeped in tradition, a military wedding involves full dress uniform for enlisted personnel. The couple has their choice of marrying in a chapel on base in addition to venue locations civilians seek out.
Rituals between the U.S. Armed Forces branches vary, but some incorporate the stunning salute of the Saber Arch that newlyweds pass under.
Holding tightly to age-old traditions, a formal wedding typically includes an elaborately decorated ceremony and reception, numerous attendants and ushers, engraved stationery, a seating chart, and dozens of etiquette rules.
A typically expensive event, this type of wedding can have any number of guests, although, in most cases, they’re pretty big.
Although most couples fantasize about eloping at least once during the wedding-planning process, very few choose the easier and less expensive route. In Las Vegas, the most famous U.S. destination for elopements, couples are married in quick, quirky ceremonies and often celebrate the night out on the town.
But eloping doesn’t have to be this way. Planned elopements to destinations special to the couple can make the wedding a little less quirky and a little more authentic to who you are as future spouses.
Cruise marriage ceremonies are destination weddings that take the all-inclusive idea to new levels. The ceremony is officiated by the ship’s captain or a clergy member at the port.
Onboard wedding planners and event coordinators help customize every last detail of the intimate event. Many cruise ships provide ways to televise the big event to those at home who could not attend.
Couples who choose to have an informal wedding have the freedom to customize every aspect of their marriage ceremony and wedding reception. They usually hold on to several key traditions, create a mash-up of both traditions, or come up with something completely new. They also often have a more intimate feel.
Destination weddings are growing in popularity because, let’s face it, saying “I do” in a beautiful place that’s near and dear to you and your soon-to-be-spouse is super special. Since a destination event requires travel, the wedding festivities are intimate, with fewer than 20 people (in most cases).
Couples often aim for an all-inclusive package that enables them to combine the marriage ceremony with the honeymoon. Clever, right?