Post # 1
Is there a graceful way to indicate the start of a wedding without the traditional processional? I really really hate people staring at me, and the thought of “coming down the aisle” while everyone stands up and stares and stuff makes me really nervous. Like, want to run and hide nervous. So, what I’d like to do is just get to the ceremony 15 mins before it begins (with FH, of couse!) and mingle and chat with people until it’s time to start. But then what would we do? I don’t want to holler that “it’s time everyone, gather ’round” but I can’t think of other options. While I’m totally ok with a more casual vibe for the wedding, I don’t want it to seem like a disorgainzed circus, either.
My other thought was that maybe FH and I could “walk into” the ceremony together, without the whole Dad thing, but I absolutely love my Dad and I don’t want to hurt his feelings. So I don’t know if that’s do-able or not (and my Dad’s such a sweetie, he’d never tell me if I was hurting his feelings).
I should say our wedding party is super super small so I’m not worried about that part.
Post # 3
If you’re going to mingle with your guests before-hand, that’s great! Choose a moment for you, your fiance and your bridal party to gather at the front. Have your Dad stand in front and maybe ring a bell or have a bugle or something. That would be really a really different idea.
Post # 4
I’m not so sure about a processional or many of the conventional wedding bits, so FI and I are thinking the officiant can stand up and ask guests to be seated…
Post # 5
We’re walking out together. We’ll be at our cocktail hour and will be having our ceremony after the cocktail hour on the dance floor. We’ll have the coordinator ask our guests to take their seats (at their tables) and then we’ll walk out together.
Post # 6
I’m also not comfortable with the idea of walking down the aisle either, and having everyone stand. 🙂 My FI and I will probably have our officiant ask people to take their seats. Instead of a processional, we will probably walk around the outside of seats (each of us on a different side, with one or both parents) at the same time and “meet” at the middle for the ceremony, and then exit down the center aisle together.
Post # 7
Ooh, I’m loving these ideas! We’re getting married in a church, but there will only be a dozen family members there as guests, so a full-blown processional seems a little overkill when even the first row isn’t full. 😉
Post # 7
srast : same, We are having 50 people at our wedding wich is quite a bit bigger than your twelve, but we dont want a big procession either