by Olivia Liew | Published on 24/07/2021
1. Classic Wedding
As its name suggests, a classic wedding theme is one that never goes out of style. If you and your spouse-to-be envision a traditional wedding setting like a church ceremony followed by a ballroom reception; want a timeless aesthetic for your big day; or want to look back at your wedding photos decades from now and be still madly in love with the details, then the classic wedding theme is perfect for you.
To achieve that elegant and sophisticated vibe of a classic wedding, you will want to keep the elements simple and versatile - consider venues with a simple altar, line your wedding aisles with flower petals, use minimal draping, keep your décor relatively understated and choose colors that are refined and cohesive. Neutral color schemes such as white, ivory and beige are great basics to begin with for a stunning classic wedding style. You can also opt to pair these colors with other subtle tones such as soft pink, pastel blue or champagne for a more polished and stylish vibe.
Complement your classic wedding theme with a timeless white wedding gown with long romantic veils and a black tuxedo or suit – you can never go wrong. For the wedding gown, opt for classic materials such as lace, silk or satin and choose iconic styles such as ball gowns, A-lines or empire waists.
Not only will your wedding be classic and timeless, but this wedding theme is also sure to translate gorgeous elegance and romance throughout your special day.
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2. Traditional Oriental Wedding
Traditional oriental themed weddings are not uncommon in the Malaysian wedding scene as more couples choose to embrace their roots and heritage in their important once-in-a-lifetime occasion nowadays. Typically, couples who opt for this wedding theme will incorporate most, if not all of the traditional Chinese wedding customs and rituals into their big day. Some of the most common traditions performed at a Chinese wedding are the betrothal, hair combing ceremony, gatecrashing ceremony, traditional tea ceremony, then followed by a lavish wedding banquet or reception.
In a traditional Chinese wedding, there is a symbolic and auspicious meaning behind every element and detail. The most integral elements of a traditional oriental wedding are the color red and the double happiness symbol, “Shuang Xi” (囍). Red symbolizes happiness, good fortune, love, success and fertility in the Chinese culture while the double happiness symbol, composed of two identical Chinese characters, “Xi” (喜), means double the joy and happiness for the newlyweds for a long and healthy marriage. These elements are prevalent in the wedding details, from the decorations to invitations and to the gifts. Decorative items such as red lanterns, red drapery, wooden tables and chairs, red flowers or peonies are also common in a traditional oriental wedding setting.
To suit the occasion of a traditional oriental wedding, the groom will wear a Tang suit or jacket while the bride will wear a “Qun Kwa” (裙褂). These traditional wedding attires are usually adorned with elaborate gold patterns of floral, dragon and/ or phoenix embroideries which symbolizes prosperity and happiness. Alternatively, some brides have also opted to wear a traditional cheongsam, “Qi Pao” (旗袍) for the big day instead.
3. Rustic Wedding
The charm of rustic weddings, or also known as countryside weddings, have stood the test of time for ages. A relaxed atmosphere combined with earthy elements, natural wooden textures, and soothing neutral tones are all facets that contribute to a rustic-themed wedding. If this is the kind of wedding you and your spouse-to-be envision for, then you’ll agree with us that there’s just something magically comforting about this sophisticated blend of country, vintage and ethereal wedding style.
A common misconception by many couples is that rustic weddings has to take place in a farm or on the countryside but this is certainly not the case. Rustic weddings can be done anywhere – whether in outdoor or indoor venues, and are much more wide-ranging than just barn-style. The key to rustic weddings is to incorporate nature, sturdy wooden textures and farm-to-table details in the décor to create that feeling of organic simplicity and comfort. Examples of these elements include wooden furniture, large branches, twigs, natural wooden poles, subtle blooms, wildflowers, foliage and of course, twinkle lights. While there may be a wide variety of decorative options available, always remember that less is more in a rustic wedding.
In terms of attire, a simple yet feminine wedding dress featuring laidback elegance will surely blend into the rustic theme seamlessly. An off-the-shoulder or open-back lace gown, which offers an antique-q vibe to an already romantic design is a compelling choice to meet these elements! To further complete your look, we highly recommend putting on simple accessories such as a matching veil using the same lace motif, a flower crown or nature-inspired hair accessories and earrings.
More recently, couples have also opted to combine the rustic theme with different elements to create a more personalised wedding style for themselves such as rustic vintage and rustic chic.
4. Garden Wedding
Nature or garden themed weddings have also been an increasingly popular choice amongst couples for an extensive period now. As you can probably guess, this wedding theme is all about celebrating love with flowers and greenery, which emulates a whimsical and romantic vibe. Customarily, if you and your spouse-to-be have always been dreaming of hosting your wedding in a lovely Victorian style garden, or if you prefer your special day to be less formal, then this wedding theme might just be perfect for you!
Although garden weddings are typically set up in… well, gardens, the wedding venue is certainly not just limited to a botanical garden. In fact, there are several ways to go about this – you can host your special day at a large outdoor terrace, at a park, in a gazebo, at a rooftop venue, or you can totally curate an entire garden at indoor venues like a greenhouse. Flowers and greenery are the front and centre of this theme, so get creative and transform the space with masses of flourishing blooms and luscious greens to create that incredibly romantic and intimate atmosphere. Think about how you can infuse cascading foliage, leaves, ferns, succulents, moss, vines or hanging floral arrangements in your décor details – in the form of backdrops, ceilings, garlands and table centrepieces. In addition to florals and greenery, you can also further amp it all up with soft flowy drapes, candles or small fairy lights for more ethereal romance.
To complement a gorgeous garden wedding, we would recommend a blend of casual and glam for your attires. Your wedding dress should have an airy or flowy silhouette for the comfort and practicality of a garden wedding. The train should also be just long enough so that it won’t get caught on any terrain outdoors. A classic example of a garden wedding dress staple would be a strapless or sleeveless wedding gown with floral lace motifs. Consider wearing floral hair accents or a floral crown to elevate your bridal style or simply place flowers loosely between your strands for an effortless yet chic feel!
5. Destination Wedding
Destination weddings have also been one of the most sought-after feat for newlyweds these days. Having your wedding far away from home means your wedding is likely to be a more stress-free, personal and intimate occasion. And if you choose a destination wedding, it also means you and your spouse-to-be can basically enjoy a two-for-one wedding and honeymoon!
Generally, there may be a misconception that a destination wedding means it must be hosted overseas or at a far-off location (though it surely can be), but it is not necessarily the case. There are a great variety of destination wedding venues in Malaysia itself, and the best part? It doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pockets! With destination weddings, there is no need to spend thousands of your wedding budget on decorations because the gorgeous scenery and natural beauty of your location is your decoration already. However, couples who opt for destination weddings should also keep in mind that planning for such an event is no easy feat and there are lots of details to take into consideration. We would strongly suggest couples to consult or hire a wedding planner or destination wedding specialists for their expertise and experience as they will be able to provide recommendations and help you navigate through the details such as flowers, wedding cake, photography services, invitations, décor, etc.
In terms of wedding attire, it may get a little tricky for destination weddings as you and your spouse-to-be will have to carry it along during your travel to-and-fro the location. Our best advice is to pick a wedding dress or gown with slim silhouette or in lighter material to ease your travels. If your wedding dress is prone to wrinkling, you may want to consider carrying it as a carry-on and you can ask to hang the dress in the hanging space for the first class, or lay your dress on top of suitcases in the overhead compartment in the aircraft cabin.
Last but not least, planning a destination wedding comes with its own list of dos and don’ts etiquette questions – when should you be sending out invitations to your guests, what information should be included on the invitations, who should pay for what, etc.