By Brea Gunn
Not every woman is cut out for a big Kim Kardashian-style bash for her big day. Â Many would prefer a quick and discrete elopement, much like Tara Reidâ€™s wedding. Â So, whatâ€™s a girl to do? Â And how do you decide whatâ€™s the right choice for you?
Letâ€™s take a look at things objectively for a minute. Â If you have a large family (and, wow, Kim K. does), then you have to examine how many people you’re comfortable inviting to your celebration. Â If you have dreams of being a princess, a big traditional ceremony is just the thing for you.
Kim Kardashianâ€™s ceremony was just about as close to a fairy tale wedding as you can get…without actually being a royal. Â Between the three costume changes, black and white color scheme, and nearly 400 guests, she wowed the guests with glitz and glam.
Here are four things to consider about a large, traditional ceremony:
1. The size of the guest list: A traditional ceremony and venue will allow you to invite all of your family and friends, including those that you donâ€™t see too often.
2. The ability to change outfits multiple times: I loved all three of Kimâ€™s dresses. Â She looked fantastically glam, and because she was in a traditional setting (most likely with a dressing room), she was comfortable changing outfits.
3. Knowing your vendors: If you get married locally, thereâ€™s word-of-mouth to rely on. Â I donâ€™t know many of us out there with a direct line to Vera Wang, but you should totally get the number of that amazing caterer that your friend had at her wedding.
4. Help: I cannot stress how important it is to get good help. Â It can be hard to find, unless you have family close at hand. Â Plus, you need to have someone there to help lace you into your gown.
Now, if a large, lavish affair just isnâ€™t your thing, you may want to consider elopement. Â Take Tara Reid and her whirlwind romance. One minute sheâ€™s engaged, and the next second (okay, it was actually more like two hours), sheâ€™s married! Â Thanks to Twitter, her family probably got the news the same way the rest of the world did. Â And eloping is just the thing if you arenâ€™t into all kinds of fussiness. Â Itâ€™s quick, discrete and you can invite people…if you want. Â Itâ€™s totally up to you. Â With an elopement, you have far less to worry about than with a big ceremony. Â Here are some things to consider:
1. Destination: You could go to the courthouse, I suppose, but it really wouldnâ€™t be much fun. Â So letâ€™s think bigger, like Tara Reid. Â Greece? Â Jamaica? Â Hawaii? Â There are lots of beautiful destinations out there from which to choose.
2. Guests: Beyond the location you get married, you have to think about whether you want to truly elope with no attendees, or have a few close friends and family fly in for the occasion.
3. Pack: After you make your travel plans, all you have to do is pack your bags and go. Â Quick, easy, and no fuss. Â Just be sure to bring a camera!
Whether you choose to be a bride like Kim Kardashian and live out your fantasy princess wedding, or you just want to get away and tie the knot with no chaos like Tara Reid, that’s a choice that’s totally yours. Â Whatever you choose, it’ll be a day you will never forget.