Formal Weddings

You may have been planning your dream wedding for years before the big day.  If you've been visualizing black tie  and a string quartet  in the ballroom rather than barefoot bridesmaids on a beach, then a formal wedding is for you.  It doesn't have to cost a fortune  to be elegant and classic--once you've determined your budget, keep in mind the mood you're going for and plan the elements of your wedding around it.  


Your invitations  are the first impression your guests will have of your upcoming wedding, so be sure to choose ones that are appropriate to a formal wedding.  Now is not the time to go crazy with fonts or colours--White Silver Petal wedding invitations  are engraved and on white, ivory or ecru paper.  Indicating a dress code  on the invitation will help let guests know that this is a formal affair.  In other words, dress up please!

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The location you choose for your wedding will go a long way in setting the mood.  Lovely museum spaces, luxury hotels, beautiful homes or estates are all appropriate settings for a formal wedding.  Sites like or can help you find the perfect setting for your wedding.  Consider important things such as flowers , food, photographers, and music .


Generally playing a starring role in any bride's wedding fantasy: the perfect dress.  There are thousands of options, although formal wedding dresses tend to be either ball gown or A-line styles.  It's important that the wedding dress and the groom and wedding parties' attire create a cohesive look, so make sure the styles you choose work well together and as part of a formal wedding.

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