One of the things you will have to determine, is how formal you want your wedding to be. This will help you create a basis for your overall wedding strategies. The cost of the wedding will be determined by the level of formality you choose. We suggest that anyone who is involved in helping plan, pay and operate your wedding, to sit down together and discuss the details and the formality of the affair. There are four levels of formality which include: Ultraformal, Formal, Semiformal, and Informal.
Ultraformal weddings are the most formal wedding you can have. This kind of wedding is fit for movie stars or royalty. Usually there will be more than 500 guests invited, more than 12 bridesmaids, elaborate decorations, an abundance of flowers, formal seating, formal dinner, a reception after 6 p.m., groom and groomsmen in white ties and tails, a full bar and formal wear worn by guests.
A Formal wedding, which is the most popular wedding type, includes between 150-300 wedding guests, 3-8 bridesmaids and groomsmen, a seated dinner with hor d’oeuvres and dessert stations, a full or limited bar, several music groups, cathedral or chapel length trains on brides gown. The men usually wear tuxedos and guests wear suits and tie and cocktail dresses for the women.
A semiformal wedding consists of 100-200 guests , has at the most 4 bridesmaids, the brides gown is simple yet tasteful, men in the wedding do not have to wear tuxedos, reception has a limited bar, decorations are simple, and a disc jockey provides the music.
An Informal wedding is usually considered casual and conducted in a home setting, outdoors or in a courthouse. Informal weddings have less than 50 guests, one honorary attendant, simple food, a small cake and champagne for the toast, simple decor, both bride and groom wear simple attire.