personal ceremony, any tips?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Dutchbee:  Many people in the US do the signing of legal paperwork on a different day from their wedding. (We did!) So it’s not usually a part of the wedding ceremony in front of family and friends. In fact, I have never seen a couple sign the paperwork at their wedding. If it’s done on the same day, it’s done more privately. So our non-legal ceremony was like this: 

-Officiant Welcomes Guests

-Officiant share words about the couple

-Reading by a friend

-Vows (personally written)

-Ring Exchange

-Kiss –> The End!

We didn’t really feel the need to do any other kind of ritual to symbolize our unity. The vows and rings made it pretty clear that we’re married!

Post # 4
1716 posts
Bumble bee

@Dutchbee:  There are custom wedding certificates that are available on the Internet. has wedding certificates and offer lots of designs. has them as well. 

These certificates are beautiful, meaningful, and are great for framing.

Post # 5
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I’m coming at this from a position of total ignorance, but…

Firstly, is there any particular reason you don’t want to have the legal ceremony on the same day?

Secondly, is there any particular reason you don’t want to do the legal bit before rather than afterwards?

I ask because determining the reasons you want to do this and have a separate legal bit will help to shape your ceremony, I hope.

In summary… what is so important to you about marrying on this date, and having a ceremony which isn’t religious or legal? Answer these qs, and this may help you to consider what bits you want to include in your ceremony!

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