(Closed) How to Not have a Boring Ceremony

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Have it quick!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

The people coming to your wedding are there to support you and want to see you get married. They won’t find it boring.

If I had to suggest anything, it would be the length…long ceremonies with many elements can start to feel kind of drawn out.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

haha, i am in the same boat. its going to be a full catholic mass, and that’s not everyone’s thing, so even though they are there for me, i dont want them to be bored/antsy.  since i cant cut the time at all, i’m trying to make it better by having a basket of personalized water bottles and a little favor bag with italian lemon drop cookies in them. in our program i am also putting in this ‘tree horoscope’ i found on Martha Stewart. 

http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/goodthings/take-a-bough

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@melissaao- Im doing the what tree do you fall from thing as well! Im so excited to do it!!

Two suggestions for how to have a non-boring ceremony

1)length…try to keep it to less than 30 minutes (that is even too long for me!)

2) incorporate personal things to you and your Fiance and readings that are meaningful to you instead of cliche

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

ok this might be totally horrible and not what you are looking for at all but maybe include a crossword puzzle or something in your program? that way if people feel its too long/boring they have something to quietly distract themselves with?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We made a personalized crossword to put in our programs. It’s titled “For your entertainment: in case you get bored…” It’s a fun way to give people something to do because ceremonies can get really boring, even if you know the person really well!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@portlandbride: i’m glad my idea wasn’t totally off base!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We both love crosswords, so it was also a way to incorporate some of ourselves 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I would offer a different perspective here. Instead of focusing on shortening the ceremony or distracting your guests from the happenings of the ceremony, get an awesome officiant!

A great officiant (e.g. great in public speaking, genuiness, familiarity with the bride/groom/family, etc.) really pulls everything together. In my case, my priest provided many personal touches to my ceremony that was beyond my expectations. He was also a great teacher and public speaker. A lot of ppl came to me afterwards just to tell me how moved and beautiful the service was.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

As almost everyone has said keep it quick…I am getting marrie outside in July in GA so i wasn’t really worried about guest being bored as much as i was them getting hot and uncomfortable…  our ceremony is going to be like 25 minutes… simple, elegant and to the point… The real reason people like weddings anyway is the reception  Laughing

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I say keep it quick…that seems to please everyone!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with Future Mrs. Blocker… the reception is kind of a thank you for sitting through the ceremony! It is your wedding ceremony, you’ll only have that special experience once, so I say don’t worry about your guests too much and just have a nice reception!

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

WHAAAAAAAAAT!! I friggan love that tree horoscope idea! My ceremony is short already but I definitely want to incorporate that somewhere!

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