Planning Your Modern Wedding


Much of what was once considered standard wedding procedure, dress, and structure was actually held over from the Elizabethan, Renaissance, and Victorian eras, when marriage was a business transaction or political move as often as it was a personal choice. Many traditions have gone out of style in the past thirty years. These days, while many wedding ceremonies follow some sort of outline that recalls the traditions of the past, changing social mores, technological advances, and new trends in fashion have allowed modern couples to make their weddings truly their own.

Wedding rings are a big part of this, as the wedding bands are the only item featured on the day of the wedding that the couple continues to use or wear when that day is over. Plain gold or platinum wedding rings in half-round or flat shapes have stood the test of time fairly well, but there is an indisputable demand for different and more modern wedding ring options as well. Different shapes like concave and beveled edge rings, black and two-tone wedding rings, and gem-heavy eternity styles present a new world of options, as do new and unusual materials like titanium and tungsten.

Tungsten carbide rings, commonly abbreviated as “tungsten rings” are perhaps the most modern choice one can make in picking the right jewelry for a cutting-edge contemporary wedding. These rings are very hard and strong, scratch-resistant, and tarnish-proof, and they look great with a brushed or polished finish, laser etching, and all of the other distinctive design accents tungsten rings and the related technology make possible.

As far as the day of goes, music is an integral part of the wedding ceremony– who doesn’t immediately recall the strains of the wedding march whenever the subject of these ceremonies comes up? But it’s your day, so never feel limited to doing something just because it’s always been done. I was a bridesmaid in some beautifully unique weddings for friends last fall, and one bride entered the chapel to a string quartet playing the Beatles’ “In My Life”, while the other wedding took place in a historical theater and made use of the “Lord of the Rings” soundtrack.

Another factor to consider is the flowers. In the past wedding flowers were limited by convention to only a few types of flowers in mostly white. Most weddings aren’t bound by that rule anymore, though, and details as varied as fiddlehead ferns and Swarovski crystals accenting orange lilies to metal sculpture and peacock feathers standing in for the standard floral bouquets have made today’s wedding stand out in a wonderfully creative way.

In summary, the modern wedding– your modern wedding– can be anything you want it to be, and sharing this special commitment of your love with your friends and family should be all about what makes all of you unique and the special reasons you all love each other.

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