Traditional vs trendsetting wedding details

Weddings have come a long way since the stuffy, formal events of yesteryear. More and more couples are imbuing their own style, personality and creativity into their big day. Whether you’re a traditionalist or a trendsetter, we look at how the key wedding details have evolved over the years.

4 traditional vs trendsetting wedding details

Wedding details #1: The reception

Traditional: Back in the day, wedding receptions never deviated from the formal three-course sit-down meal. The bride and grooms’ first dance, the father-daughter and mother-son dances, the cake cutting, the garter and bouquet toss, each moment of the big day was carefully choreographed, and guests knew what to expect from the celebrations.

Trendsetting: Now, couples are electing a personal wedding theme (such as rustic, vintage, contemporary or bohemian), roving cocktail dining and serve-yourself food stations have replaced the plated dinner, and guests are kept entertained with live music, photo booths complete with props, dessert tables and ice cream stalls.

Wedding details #2: The dress

Traditional: The quintessential wedding frock is without a doubt the A-line princess ball gown (in white of course!). Whether in chiffon, organza, tulle or lace, this silhouette has and always will be a perennial classic.

Trendsetting: Fashion-forward brides know how important it is that their gown suits their overall style. Today’s brides aren’t afraid to play with colour, length and cutting-edge designs.

Wedding details #3: The bridal party

Traditional: Large bridal parties were once de rigueur, with best friends, siblings and future siblings-in-law making the grade to assist brides and grooms in their special day. A maid of honor, a best man, a gaggle of bridesmaids and groomsmen, junior bridesmaids, flower girls, page boys and ring bearers – bridal parties were a huge affair.  

Trendsetting: Uneven wedding party numbers, “groomsladies” and “bridesmen”, anything goes these days when it comes to the bridal party, with some couples doing away with the bridal party altogether.

Wedding details #4: The cake

Traditional: Five tiers of elaborate white filigree royal icing with a dense fruitcake filling was once the only cake option available.

Trendsetting: Sweet treats have some a long way in recent years, with many couples thinking outside the box when it comes to their wedding cake. Candy coloured cupcakes, layered lamington cakes, croquembouche domes, cheese wheel towers… the sky’s the limit! 

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