Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House
So I have been to a handful of weddings and honestly don’t really remember the ceremony at all. I know my friend did a unity candle and my Fiance cousin did unity sand but I don’t remember anything else about it. I thought we would walk down the aisle and pastor would say somethings, i do, he does , we did we leave….
So my Future Sister-In-Law was asking me who was going to be doing the readings and singing. I vaguely remember a few ceremonies where someone sang or did a reading.
Are you guys doing that? I wanted to do a unity cross, maybe, but never even thought about the other stuff. Man I should have paid better attention at weddings!
Post # 2
We did not have any of the ‘extras.’ I walked down the aisle to my H. Our officiant (close friend) said some nice words and then we went right into our vows and ring exchange. Bing, bang, boom, done.
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2016 - Magnolia House
phew. Good to know. It is outside and I promised him we wouldn’t be long so he won’t sweat too much!
Post # 4
I think all in all our ceremony was about 10 minutes long. Which was long enough for me to be standing in one spot in heels LOL! Before our wedding I had been to about 25 weddings. And after each and everyone I knew that I wanted something quick and simple. I just wanted to be married! I didn’t need all the extras to make it more special, because marrying my H was special enough. Luckily H was all for a quick ceremony because not only does he hate being up in front of people he was pumped for the party afterwards.
Post # 5
We are having our officiant (close family friend) say a few words, then read a verse from the old testament & new testament. After that we will say our vows, he’ll pronounce us married & we’ll step on the glass (jewish tradition). I think the only thing we might add is my cousin/mom singing, but otherwise we want to keep it pretty short & sweet–20 minutes or so.
Post # 6
We’re having a fairly modern Christian church wedding. So we’ll walk down the aisle, say our vows, pastor will do a short talk, have some readings and music throughout, then leave! We are having almost all modern worship music in a kind of soft rock style (our church’s band are amazing) rather than traditional hymns and organ.
Post # 7
I dont plan to do anything extra for my ceremony but every wedding I have been to has done the unity sand and one wedding I went to sealed a bottle of wine in a box with letter that the husband and wife wrote to each other and it’s to be opened on their first anniversary.
Post # 8
We are keeping our ceremony short, sweet, and simple!
Our officiant will say a few words at the start, including an opening prayer. Then we will have a short reading (read by my FSIL), the expression of intent, the vows, and then our officiant will pronouce us married and we’ll kiss!
We’re expecting it to be about 15-20 minutes total. I’ve never been a fan of long ceremonies with lots of extra stuff in them so the reading is the only exta thing we are adding.
Post # 9
We chose not to do a unity thing (we thought they were all a little cheeseball), and our officiant read the quotes we liked. Basically it was the welcome, a reading, exchange of vows, reading, exchange of rings, reading, kiss, done! Our ceremony was about 10-15 minutes, and we got a lot of positive feedback about that!
Post # 10
We have a long time friend who’s a celebrant doing our humanist ceremony. another friend is singing and we are doing a ring warming ceremony with our guests.
Post # 11
We kept our ceremony short and simple (about 15-20 mins)
Our friend/officiant said some nice things about us as a couple and then we did our vows. We did not write our own, but my sister jazzed some up for us so they werent the typical “till death do us part”
We did set up a table for communion off to the side and had our officiant walk us over to do a first communion as husband and wife instead of a candle or sand ceremony. I did not want everyone watching the communion (really wanted it just between the husband and I) So during that time we played a short slideshow. Slideshow was of us as children and us as a couple. My husbands dad has passed away so the slideshow was a neat way to have him present. (I know my Mother-In-Law really liked it)Then after the slideshow we had our first kiss and the ceremony was over!
PS- I totally love a short and sweet ceremony. Dont feel like you have to have any extras if that’s not what you want!
Post # 12
From when our bridal party walked up the aisle (OK, sidewalk as our ceremony was outside in a park Gazebo), to the time they walked back after it was done… 7 minutes!
We didn’t have music for them walking up, and only had 2 on each side. My dad walked me up, and no music. Our ceremony was quick and to the point. We had an officiant who allowed us to bascially write our ceremony from some guidelines she had (quotes, sayings, small verses about marriage, etc), so we knew what was going to be said. I kind of wanted a unity sand thing, but DH did not… so we didn’t. We did have our officiant bring up our grandparents who had passed on, so that was something more personal.
Our vows were the basic vows, and then we kissed. Done. Very simple, and that’s all you really need.
Post # 13
The only extra I really want is to do a ring warming ceremony. I think its a really cool way to incorporate your guests into the ceremony. We may do a reading of How Do I Love Thee since that’s FI’s favorite poem but I’m hoping for something sweet and simple.