March 6, 2018

While wedding trends are consistently changing and developing, one of the most common questions you will need to make a decision about is whether you want a traditional or a modern wedding. Indeed, this is a debate which is still ongoing. Of course, it will largely depend on your personal preferences, but one thing remains the same regardless - the to-do list!

Traditional or contemporary, you will still need to find the right wedding reception venue. Nottingham is an ideal location as it’s so central, but before you decide on the venue, you’ll need to decide on the style. So, to help you decide which is best for you, we have created a list of pros and cons for both traditional and modern weddings.

Going Traditional

A traditional wedding is classic and beautiful - the preferred choice for many brides-to-be when planning a wedding. Of course, there are also cons to choosing a traditional ceremony.


  • Traditions are important and they can help to create a rich history within your family
  • Seating is largely available in a church which means that there is no need for you to pay extra
  • The venue should also come with an officiant meaning you don’t need to pay out more money
  • A church will have a marriage license


  • It can be difficult to find the right location to fit all your guests as many have a minimum or maximum guest policy
  • You may both need to be baptised to get married in certain churches
  • The way that couples may meet isn’t always traditional and their individual circumstances can mean that a traditional wedding may be harder to plan
  • It can often be more expensive

Modern Wedding

Modern weddings are becoming more and more popular as they are more flexible and easier to plan, but is a contemporary wedding right for you?


  • May not be as expensive as a traditional wedding
  • You can be as creative as you like which allows you to decorate your own wedding venue
  • You don’t necessarily need to be religious
  • You can pick a venue to suit your needs and the size of your guest list


  • More traditional family members may not like it
  • If your wedding is abroad, many guests may not be able to attend
  • You may need to pay extra for an officiant and apply for a marriage license

So, there you have it - the pros and cons of both traditional and modern weddings. While our list may not solve the debate, we hope it goes at least some way towards assisting you with your wedding planning.  Once you decide whether the occasion will be a traditional or contemporary affair, you can then start to plan the rest of your big day.

For more information on wedding reception venues in Nottingham, please contact our team today.

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