(Closed) civil ceremony… now what?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
364 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I know this is trite advice but you can do whatever you want.  It’s your day {again!! yay!}.  Have a bridal party and introduce them before you and your hubby.  Throw a bouquet that your carry around and or set on your table.  Wear your dream dress.  I don’t think there should be anything stopping you from throwing the exact party that you desire to celebrate your new fabulous marriage.

Post # 4
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

For dress and bouquet for your civil ceremony and reception: wear whatever you want and get whatever flowers you want to carry or decorate with at the reception. Some brides get a simpler dress, but others wear a full-on dream dress to both occasions.

For a bridal party, of course you do want to recognize the people who are important to you, and you want some help planning all of this. But frankly I am not sure how you can have one if they are not participating in the ceremony. Their whole purpose is to stand up with you as you exchange your vows. So if you have a non-ceremony bridal party, I would suggest nixing the tradition of asking them to wear matching attire. I think it would be too much to ask for them to buy a special dress/jewelry/shoes when they are not going to be participating in a ceremony with you. Maybe they could all wear a little black dress? Or any dress of their choosing? But you could still introduce them at the reception, definitely, to show how important they’ve been to you.

Post # 5
2249 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

could you have a ceremony of sorts with an entrance and have something like a nice poem read? then you could have a bridal party stand with you and honor you both.

Post # 6
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

ooh, i like vistagirl’s idea.

we thought about something like that since we’re in different states from our families…having a private ceremony and then having another ceremony that wasn’t "official" but still meaningful with readings, poems, music…whatever!

if youre open to that, i think that would be nice for guests who may want to see you in that light.

if not, i agree that you should do what you want. and dont mind friends or family who might have their opinions…where the dress you like (even if its not a traditional gown), have flowers you want, cake, food, DJ…whatever your heart desires!

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