(Closed) Short but SWEET ceremony

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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kayjayelle:  We had a totally non religous ceremony in a restaurant. Our officiant had a few questions we answered about ourselves and how we met etc. Then she wrote that into the vows. Kind of an “our story” thing. It was really cute and casual. LOVED it!

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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kayjayelle:  Our wedding hasn’t come yet but I plan for our ceremony to be short. We are doing our own vows cause I feel it just makes it more personal and our officiant is a close friend that has known my Fiance since middle school so I told him he could share like some  stories of us if he wanted. We’re also going to do a short, simple rose ceremony to thank our moms but I don’t want it to be too long.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My ceremony is probably gonna be long ish (30-40 min maybe, just guesstimating at this point though) but that’s just cause I like long readings. In terms of writing your own ceremony I found officianteric.com to be totally invaluable for having lots of examples. A Practical Wedding and Offbeat Bride were great for getting readings and more unique ideas.

good luck!

Post # 5
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Worker bee

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kayjayelle:  

We clocked in at a total of 7 minutes between people starting to walk down the aisle to us leaving, it was -awesome-. I looked for some shorter vows (non-religious) online and tweaked it so that applied to us, although it wasn’t overly pesonal. I got great responses to the ceremony itself – everyone seemed to love it (I think they also loved not having to sit for so long outside). Neither of us like ceremonies that much so it was perfect.

I would suggest looking at different things/vows online. We didn’t write our own vows because we didn’t feel the need to and we didn’t want the added pressure of writing something profound (especially in front of people). PLUS it gave us way more time for the reception. We even did all of our pictures beforehand so that we could enjoy the cocktail hour with our guests.

Edit: Also, my cousin (and bridesmaid) officiated for us, which was really fun too! 

  • This reply was modified 6 years, 2 months ago by DoctorPazuzu.
Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

This a a great thread. We are in the UK and choices seem to be very churchy ceremony with hymns or civil service only which feels a little clinical to us. We are hoping to find someone to marry us in a licensed venue who’ll tread the line between personal and religious. I’m off to check out some of the things PPs have suggests so that’s OP for starting this thread. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

Ours was nice and short as well.  We had his father officiate (unofficially – got legally married 2 days prior) and say a nice prayer, then said our own vows.  That was something I never thought I’d do, but we managed okay.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Our ceremony will be short.  We’ve written it ourselves but heavily borrowing from ceremonies and vows that we found on A Practical Wedding and Offbeat Bride – and from some “sample vows” we got from our officiant.  

Post # 10
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Helper bee

We had our officiant say the absolute bare legally required minimum, then we added our own vows, which were absolutely the best part! So glad we did it. I was nervous about writing them but we took the format “I promise to always…” And it wound up being really easy to think of things to finish that sentence! The whole thing was less than five minutes and two minutes after that we were in a bar, having a beer and signing the papers! Best wedding ever!

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