What Can Ruin Your Wedding Ceremony (yes – the official start of your marriage)
“The wedding ceremony is a dance between the personal and the public. Don’t forget it’s about the two of you OR that you asked guests to be here to witness the momentous occasion.”– Stacy Prouty, Officiant & Non-denominational Minister
Your wedding ceremony is first and foremost about the two of you; what you value, agree upon and believe in your hearts. Your officiant should put your love story to words while capturing the vibe of the venue and your celebration. It should be personal, relevant and memorable for all the right reasons.
5 things the wedding ceremony should NOT be:
A circus with too many moving parts – rituals, readings and traditions are fine, but limit to 2-3 for bigger or longer ceremonies; 1-2 for smaller or short ceremonies. Also, keep your vows to each other at 1-2 minutes.
About the minister or what he/she believes. Again, it is about the two people getting married and what is relevant or meaningful to them both.
About the parents and what they want or believe or value (even if they are paying part of the cost). You can honor your parents by including them in choosing or reading a poem, verse, etc. or in a tradition such as handfasting, lovelock tree tradition, or rose tradition.
A free for all with guests crowding the couple with smart phones or photo bombing the professional photographer.
An ad for RayBan sunglasses! Please tell your bridal party NOT to wear sunglasses during the ceremony (and yes, we have even seen a bride and groom do this). You will be glad you listened to this advice when your professional photos come back.
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