Traditional versus Non-Traditional Weddings

Everybody has their own idea of what traditional should be and when it comes to your wedding day this can really stand out. Some people imagine a traditional wedding to be a large fairytale style affair, a white princess wedding dress and that it’s set in a church.

This isn’t the case as the type of tradition depends entirely on the couple themselves and cultural backgrounds play a big role in this. Traditions can be a custom/s that have been in the family for generations, normally incorporating same trends from generation to generation.

The non-traditional style of weddings are becoming very popular and over the years more and more couples opt for this as it gives them more choices and freedom to do it how they want to. Instead of having a traditional format on how and where the wedding should be, a non-traditional or alternative wedding is something out of the norm. The theme is created by the bride and groom (usually with help from the wedding planner) and can be anything they want it to be. Even though it isn’t traditional it doesn’t mean the wedding won’t be elegant and classy.

There have been many weddings where both elements are mixed and the couple chose some traditional and some non-traditional customs, having the best of both worlds and creating a wedding best suited to them.

Below is a list of differences between the two styles.


  • Venue:  Church, Chapel or Cathedral
  • Type of Ceremony:  Religious Church Ceremony
  • Style of Wedding:  Traditional, formal, fairytale
  • Wedding Dress: White or ivory, princess style, elegant, Floor-length
  • Wedding Attire: Ivory Veil – long or shoulder length; Tuxedos for groom & groomsmen; Smart shoes and heels worn
  • Wedding Rings: Gold or silver wedding bands      
  • Cake & Food: 2 or 3 Tier wedding cake, icing in white, each tier with something different, commonly fruit cake & sponge
  • Set-up: Strict seating arrangement & table plans. A line of people; maid of honour, flower girls, ring bearers etc
  • Music & Entertainment: Hymns, choir, 2 or 3 pc band
  • Flowers: Cascade bouquet for the bride, flower arrangement for boutonnieres & wedding party, Ceremony & Reception Venues decorated  with flowers


  • Venue:  Beach, Outdoors, Garden, Villa Rooftop
  • Type of Ceremony: Civil or Symbolic Ceremony
  • Style of Wedding: Rustic, gothic, enchanted garden, beach, boho
  • Wedding Dress: Colourful, black, purple, embroidered patterns & decoration, white with colour on hem or applique detail.
  • Wedding Attire: Alternative veil or no veil, Shirt and  trousers for groom & groomsmen; Braces or dicky bows. Converse or comfortable shoes, blue or colourful high-heels. Barefoot-sandals
  • Wedding Rings: Same as traditional plus; wood, bronze, black titanium                               
  • Cake & Food: Wedding cake can be anything; cupcakes, cheesecakes, ice-cream cones filled, chocolate sponge, perhaps only 1 tier or a mix of tiers & cupcakes
  • Set-up: No rigid table plans or essential people
  • Music & Entertainment: Anything goes: dj, guitarist, band, stereo system, violinist etc
  • Flowers: Brooch bouquet or hand-tied bouquet; Anything goes: home made pins, tweed wrapped hearts, a small bunch of posies. Everywhere decorated with flowers & candles, bales of hay, plant pots, hanging flowers


Whether you want to mix up your wedding elements or stick to good old fashion tradition, we at I DO KNOT can help plan your magical day. Here on the Mediterranean Island there is something for everyone and a destination wedding is a key trend now, plus more affordable than a stay at home wedding. Leave the hard work to us whilst you relax in the sunshine and have an amazing wedding party.

Article submitted by guest blogger Charlene McKenzie

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