Post # 1
What are the most memorable/interesting features in a ceremony that you’ve seen? What would you want to do or do differently? I’d love to hear about it, as it would greatly help in planning my own ceremony!
Fiance and I will probably build our ceremony from scratch, as we don’t have much of a precedent and our families are giving us free reign (“whatever you guys want to do”). The freedom is nice but also a little overwhelming as we have NO CLUE!! We haven’t been to many weddings so we’re not sure what people do, and we’re not religious either. The only thing I know is that a “tea ceremony” is common in my family’s culture, but other than that we’re clueless! Ideas would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 2
We did a “tree planting” at our ceremony where we poured vases of soil from each of our parents’ backyards into a potted tree and then watered it with a watering can together. When we buy a house we’ll plant the tree in our yard. Everyone loved it. 🙂
Post # 3
Overall, I love ceremonies that are performed by someone who knows the couple in real life. One of the most memorable thigns I’ve seen is a bride that came in on the back of her father’s motorcycle for a lovely outdoor wedding. I was also floored by a groom that sang an absolutely beautiful Ave Maria – I think he actually did some amateur opera and had an amazing voice.
My favorite parts of our ceremony were:
- Ring Warming ceremony
- Reading read by a dozen friends/family, each reading one line.
- We did a blessing where we kneeled in the center aisle, the immediate family and bridal party put a hand on our shoulder or back and arm. Then the closest guests put a hand on the immediate family. Then eahc guest put a hand on the shoulder of the guest in front so everyone was connected to us in a big web and said a blessing hoping for a good marriage. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Post # 4
esk716: That’s so lovely! The tree planting really symbolizes the “union” 🙂
JenGirl: The Ave Maria one makes me wish I was an opera singer too, sounds like it was fantastic! I like the idea of a connected blessing too! Thanks!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
A Practical Wedding helped me A LOT when I wrote our ceremony.
Post # 6
Your officiant should be able to give you a wealth of ideas.