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The Friday Fight-Out: Wedding Styles – Traditional Vs Alternative

When planning your wedding one of the first decisions you need to make is the style of wedding you’re looking for. Do you want the traditional elegant “princess” style wedding or are you looking for something a little different, perhaps a little more rustic? From here all your decisions as to the decoration, dress and venue can start to be made so we put our two expert debaters into the ring to present the arguments for either side…


In the Red Corner, presenting the arguments for the alternative wedding, she was always more of a Lion King and Jungle Book kind of a girl rather than the traditional Disney Princesses, it’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue corner, arguing for the more traditional wedding (preferably with a big giant cake that’s made available to the videographers at the end of the night) it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

Traditional Vs Alternative


Dom: For me weddings are all about having fun and sometimes including lots of tradition and trying to create an elegant feel can end up stifling that a little. Alternative weddings in less formal surroundings tend to have a more raucous atmosphere and that’s often where the most fun is to be had!

Matt: Your wedding is supposed to be the most special day of your life and I think getting married in a huge grand venue that you would normally never set foot in really cements that feeling. It gives your wedding the wow factor and helps make it even more memorable.

Dom: Memories are not created by venues or fancy decorations, they’re created by people and interactions and those happen most naturally in a more relaxed, laid back setting.

Matt: There’s something special about doing everything quite traditionally, in the same way that your parents, grandparents and ancestors have done over the centuries. That historical family tie is something that I think is important to carry on.

Dom: But in the past weddings were forced to be traditional – they pretty much HAD to take place in a church with the reception in a specific kind of fancy venue but now the possibilities are endless with all kinds of amazing venues from fields to barns to fairgrounds available to you.

Matt: The traditional wedding is what I think everyone dreams of when they’re a child and it’s amazing to actually realise that dream as an adult.

Dom: Your wedding should be a reflection of who you are as a couple and unless you are very formal people then it can be very difficult to express yourselves properly with certain traditions getting in the way!

Matt: A lot of wedding traditions are a lot of fun and a traditional wedding doesn’t have to be overly formal. The setting may be different but the day is still about the people who are there and there’s no reason a traditional wedding should be less fun than an alternative wedding.

Dom: Alternative weddings are often easier to organise on a more limited budget as they can take place absolutely anywhere and the aim is more about having fun than being grand, impressive events.

Matt: How often do you get the chance to hold an elegant soirée with all of your friends and family? For most people your wedding is the only chance to have this kind of celebration and it’s definitely one to take advantage of!

So those are our thoughts but where do you stand? Place your vote below or leave a comment to join the debate!

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