Post # 1
Is anyone planning to face the audience during the wedding ceremony?
Here is an article about it: http://tinyurl.com/64hpjl
What we are thinking is to have our bridesmaids and groomsmen stand behind us and we will be facing the audience. Now, we’re kind of confused of where the Officiant should stand/face towards.
I’ve seen one where the Officiant stand behind the bride & groom, facing towards audience and that’s weird to me. On that article up there, the Officiant stand directly in front of the bride & groom which makes his back facing the audience. This also seems a bit awkward to me since the Officiant will also shares the message/short sermon and will also be talking to the audience and not just us.
Anyone has any insights? Thank you, bees!!!
Post # 3
we had our officiant stand looking out over our guest and we stood facing each other through the whole ceremony holding hands. We didn’t really plan it- it just seemed nicer to be looking at my groom. Of course we still looked over at our darling officiant too- but we kept holding hands.
Post # 4
We’re facing the audience. We’ll be standing next to each other (turning to each other at various parts of the ceremony) and the officiant will stand next to the two of us. We’ll be angled sort of towards her, and she’ll be angled towards us, but both will still face out. Does that make sense?
Post # 5
I was at a wedding recently where the bride and groom faced their guests except for while doing their vows where they faced each other. The officiant stood in the aisle, and turned around to face the guests when she was giving the more "speech"y parts of the ceremony. It was great!
Post # 6
We did the same as beesknees, and for the same (unplanned) reasons 🙂
Post # 7
We did the same as beeknees and if really helps with the awkward hands 🙂
It was very romantic!
Post # 8
Our officiant has us facing our guests for our ceremony and he kind of stands off to the side. I’m actually really nervous about this because I am SUPER shy.. and we’re not just facing our guests.. we’re on a stage. So I will definately be holding his hands and looking into my FI’s eyes only to keep from passing out lol
Post # 9
We were discussing the same thing. My cousin recently did this at his wedding and it was great to see the bride and groom instead of their backs! More time to oogle her gorgeous gown;)
The idea of facing one another and holding hands is also very adorable and very natural.
Post # 10
We started out facing each other with the offiiciant standing behind us facing the guests. As she addressed the crowd she paced to the left and right of the altar, we turned around so guests could get pictures of us at the altar. It was still very special because we stole peeks at each other and the guests were able to see us make funny faces at each other. I think it lightens up the moment and makes it feel more intimate if the B&G does not have their backs to the guests for the entire ceremony. We were also able to see all the family and friends that had come out to share this special day with us so for us it wasn’t awkward at all!
Post # 11
thank you all for your response! i really appreciate it!