(Closed) Facing the other way

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
240 posts
Helper bee

I really like this idea! The only downside that I can think of is that, depending on the venue, you might need to take steps to ensure your guests can hear what the officiant is saying. I’ve been to plenty of ceremonies where they were not wearing a mike, and it would be even worse with their backs to the guests.

But I am hearing impaired, wear hearing aids, and read lips so maybe it’s just me. And really old people. lol

Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve seen this done at a couple of Catholic weddings. It’s not super frequent, but it is appropriate because the bride and groom (and not the priest) are the ones actually celebrating the sacrament. They confer it on one another. I’ve seen a few weddings where the priest emphasized this by having the couple stand on the top steps facing out, while he stood a few steps below them with his back to the congregation.

Post # 5
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I am going to have the wedding party stand so that they are closest to the altar facing out towards the congregation so that they don’t block everyone’s view and we don’t have a bunch of pictures of people’s backs. As for the officiant, some do like to do what you’re saying and they may turn around and take  few steps down the aisle for the sections when they speak a lot. I think that we will probably just stand so that we are facing each other and not facing him.

Post # 7
110 posts
Blushing bee

This is how my parents got married. My mom was very nervous because of this lol, but her mother planned the whole wedding and they had a small service.

But it sounds like you would actually enjoy this. Just check with FI! Don’t want him nervous like my mom and forgetting what to say 😛

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