(Closed) Anyone had any luck with a circle ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
12877 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We’re doing this (our ceremony is in a circular rotunda).  But my back will be to some people.  If you think of a traditional church wedding, your back is to everyone, and in a traditional civil ceremony, you’re standing sideways.  In a circular set-up, at least half your guests will see you full on.  Just make sure you seat the guests of honor (parents and grandparents) where they’ll have the optimal viewing angles!

Post # 4
9627 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re doing something similar to this.  We’re calling it “gathering” because I won’t be walking down an aisle.  I just want the music to begin and the guests to gather around us in a circle, then the music to fade away for saying our vows.  (We are having a very small wedding, no more than 25 guests).  People can sit or stand as they choose, we will have seating available in a circular fashion.  And both of our sons will be standing with us, with the officiant (who is my FBIL).  I’m excited because it’ll be so different.  It’s going to be outdoors in the garden at FI’s mother’s house, at dusk, with tiny white lights in all of the trees, and fresh flowers in simple jars for decor.  🙂

Post # 5
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’ve always loved this ceremony set up. It seems so intimate and inviting.

Post # 6
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

maybe something like this ?

Post # 9
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013



this was the venue i originally wanted, but unfortunately it didnt hold enought people!

Post # 10
1 posts
  • Wedding: April 2012

We’re doing a circle pattern too.  My FH originally wanted a nautilus-type design of chairs (like above) but when the guest list kept climbing, we had to re-evaluate.  There is something very sweet about being amongst your guests (encircled by them) instead of separated from them (traditional).  My FH and I are deeply spiritual and heavily tied to our community. Our life long friend and pastor is marrying us.  We’ve asked him to also have a “vow” for our friends and family to make after ours. It all feels a little Quaker-meeting-ish, but I think it’s going to be lovely. 


Post # 11
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Love this idea and wanted to do it by my list got out of control

Post # 12
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been calling it a ceremony-in-the-round. I plan on doing this. I think its a beautiful concept of being surrounded by family and friends. My florist has done this before and is helping me make it just right.

I also like that there isn’t a set bride’s side and groom’s side. I also plan on doing the ceremony where you pass the rings through the crowd before exchanging them. The ring passing and circle set up seem to work nicely together.

Post # 13
1441 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

@millielue:  No, but I plan to have some luck on May 24th of 2014. That is a great picture, I think I’ll probably use it to relay the idea to our planner! 


The problem is we only have a guest count of approx. 85-90!

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