Post # 1
So i was wondering if anyone has some cool ceremony ideas.
Ive seen a few…
Where the minister or officiant has his/her back to the crowd so the B and G are faceing the audience.
Were the minister introduces the bridal party…
Post # 3
There are a lot of different ideas you can incorporate into your ceremony!
You can write your own vows, or work together to put together personal vows.
You could incorporate rituals (like a sand ceremony, unity candle, water ceremony, wine ceremony, wine box ceremony, breaking of the glass, feeding of the sweets, circle of love, ring warming or blessing, handfasting… and about a million other things!)
I’m not a huge fan of the minister standing with her or his back to the guests, with the couple facing out. Since the minister does a lot of the talking, to both the audience and the couple, it’s sometimes awkward to not be addressing the people you’re talking to. Another suggestion would be to have the couple face each other, or face slightly out during the ceremony, instead of facing the officiant head on, or place the officiant slightly to the side of the couple, so everyone can see the minister and the bride and groom!
In my ceremonies, I write a custom Love Story for the couple, that goes where the sermon or homily goes in a more traditional wedding ceremony – it’s always really sweet and funny and a nice personal thing to include! You can check out some of my blog posts on WeddingbeePRO with information about putting together a Love Story and personalizing your ceremony with other aspects too!
Do you have an officiant yet? This may be a great thing to discuss with them!
And you can always do a choreographed dance up the aisle 🙂
Post # 4
One cool thing we are doing is seating the guest for the bride behind the groom and guest for the groom behind the bride, (diagonally). that way the actually see their person instead of looking at their back for the entire ceremony.
Post # 5
We are doing a foot washing ceremony. When Christ washed the disciples feet he charged us to do the same and serve one another.
Something different and meaningful to both of us 🙂
Post # 6
We are going to do the hand binding/fasting ceremony. This is a celtic tradition, which will mean a lot to me, because that’s part of my heritage. We are incorporating his culture by doing the arras coin ceremony.
Post # 7
I love the idea of the guest vows. The couple turns and faces the guests and the officiate asks if the guests will love the couple, never come between them and promise to suppor them, etc etc. Look it up–very beautiful. We plan to do this!
Post # 8
Are your parents and your FI’s parents still together? If so, I heard a great idea that you could have parents (or even grandparents) stand up during the ceremony and state how long they have been married. Or say “this year we will celebrate ___ years of love…and our secret is this ____…”
Maybe right before vows?