(Closed) Facing the Audience at Ceremony

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
601 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018


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
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

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
69 posts
Worker bee

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
228 posts
Helper bee

We did the same as beesknees, and for the same (unplanned) reasons 🙂

Post # 7
31 posts
  • Wedding: May 2008

We did the same as beeknees and if really helps with the awkward hands 🙂

It was very romantic!

Post # 8
44 posts
  • Wedding: July 2008

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
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

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!

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