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Theme Ideas & Advice for Couples Looking to Hold a Traditional White Wedding

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traditional white wedding is by far the most popular wedding theme. It epitomises love, devotion and fidelity and is both classic and stylish. The traditional white wedding theme has a long history and is sure to remain popular for a long time to come. This article takes a closer look at how to style your big day, from beginning to end, when opting for a traditional white wedding theme.



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Colours for a Traditional White Wedding Theme

Colours play a big part in setting the scene to any big day, and when it comes to a traditional white wedding theme you can't go far wrong with the classics - white or ivory should obviously be prominent throughout with a splash of gold or silver thrown in to boot. Look to accentuate (but not go over the top) with traditionally used colours dependent upon the season. Peach and lemon (for spring weddings), lilac and mint (for summer affairs), coffee brown (for weddings in the autumn) and burgundy or green (for winter weddings) are always good options.



Stationery for a Traditional White Wedding Theme

A wedding invitation will often be the first thing that a guest receives regarding the wedding so it is important that they are used to set the scene for any theme that you plan to impart upon the day. For a traditional white wedding theme, hand-made, craft based stationery works best, often adorned with traditional symbols of love - hearts, horseshoes, doves or pressed flowers for example. Consider using calligraphy inside the cards to enhance the traditional appearance.


Traditional Wedding Theme Transport

Vintage cars are essential for any couple looking to carry off a full traditional white wedding theme. Plymouth's, Wolseley's and Ford Tudor's are some of the options available, but there are a whole host out there from which to select.



Traditional Wedding Theme Outfits

The Bride should naturally wear white or ivory. To keep in with the traditional white wedding theme, the dress should not be too revealing and preferably incorporate a veil, a long flowing train and lace embellishments. The Bridesmaids should also wear dresses that leave plenty to the imagination with ankle length skirts and high cut bodices potential elements of any outfit.


Black Prince Edward Jackets with grey striped trousers are ideal for the Groom and Groomsmen. Waistcoats and neckpieces to compliment the colour scheme are the order of the day, and complete the outfits with fob watches, canes and cufflinks.



Traditional Wedding Theme Flowers

Roses, carnations, lilies, irises and hydrangea are just some of the more traditional wedding flowers available. Ensure your florist knows of your traditional white wedding theme  ahead of the day to ensure no contemporary or modern arrangements are put together.



Traditional Wedding Theme Venues

One of the biggest factors in any weding theme is the venue. For that true traditional white wedding theme, look to book up a venue that has some degree of history to it. A country house or stately home is always a good bet, but castles, museums, libraries, university buildings and others are equally as viable. Remember to pay as much attention to the interior and decor as the exterior and grounds.



Food & Drink for a Traditional Wedding Theme

Food and drink are a great way to emphasise any wedding theme, so why not consider the following options, which should help to compliment your traditional white wedding theme:

Welcome Drink: Bucks Fizz.

Reception Starter: Roasted Plum Tomato Soup.
Reception Main Course: Supreme of Chicken.
Reception Desert: Profiteroles and Chantilly Cream.

’Evening Do’ Food: Traditional finger buffet featuring sandwiches, vol au vents, sausage rolls and pork pies - the classic 'evening do' food.

The Wedding Cake: Three tier spice cake with marzipan decorated in white icing.



Decor & Favours for a Traditional Wedding Theme

Large gold or silver balloons with smaller balloons to match your colour scheme are a great option. Ivory or white scented candles, streamers and table confetti in suitable colour are other essential tradtional decorative items. Sumptuous chair covers, alongside quality crockery and cutlery will help to carry off the theme and when it comes to favours, sugared almonds wrapped in tulle or organza are simply a must!





Recommended Reading

For those of you wanting to find out more, we've a whole host of other wedding theme and colour articles on our site packed full of unique and inspirational ideas, not to mention our online wedding directory that's filled with venue decorators, balloon suppliers and more.

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