Friday, March 19, 2010

Traditional vs Modern Wedding

I've been thinking a great deal about the word 'traditional' verses the word 'modern' when it comes to weddings.  There seems to be a stigma attached to the word, 'traditional'.  I know when I think of that word, I think of old and dusty photos with stiff over-posed couples, much like weddings appeared in the 1940's and 1950's.  I think stiff lace and suits with bow ties.  I think black & white.
  When I think about the word, 'modern',  I think fresh & new, sleek & clean.  I think metropolis and vogue magazine - Sex In the City fashion. I think color.
  And then I am torn between the two. I love my collection of old family photos of my grandparents wedding, all worn and yellowed with age. I love lace & tulle.  I love simplicity. I love black & white!  I love freshness and color too!

So how do we melt the two together?  
How do we honor the traditions of our family's past with the digitally-enhanced new?

   There are many simple ways to do this. For example, you can choose the wear your grandmother's wedding gown or mother's veil. (whether you choose to wear it as-is or have a trusted seamstress alter the gown for a more modern cut to fit your body type that is up to you.)  You can present a slideshow of old family wedding photos during your cocktail hour for your guests to watch.   You can host a special traditional dance to a new version of the song.  Or you can simply wear family heirloom set of pearls with your ultra modern gown.

There are also several time honored traditions that are associated with weddings. Each couple is different. 
We want to hear from you about your blend of traditional with modern; old with new.So don't be afraid to tell us here at the Artful Bride all about your own traditions whether they be time-honored or a new one you just started! You can post a comment or email with photos to

1 comment:

  1. I don't know why we use terms like traditional and modern wedding.I attended both kind of wedding and I had fun in both.New generation doesn't like tradition but they have their own value.One should try to balance both traditional and modern wedding aspects.