(Closed) What will make your ceremony unique?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: What makes your ceremony unique and special?
    Religious elements : (15 votes)
    33 %
    Cultural/Heritage elements : (10 votes)
    22 %
    Other - explanation below! : (21 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    Our ceremony was really quite traditional and we didn’t add anything religious or cultural, but I think what made ours ‘ours’ were a few readings, recited by selected friends.  I think that was a nice touch that our guests also appreciated =)

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    We had readings recited by our friends, and I wrote our Prayer of the Faithful, so that was probably the most unique thing.  Or maybe it was our priest telling all of our guests that our DJ bailed on us……

    Post # 5
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I guess what will make mine special is that we are using really unusual readings, including one from the Velveteen Rabbit and another from in re Marriages case in California that legalized same sex marriage. We are also having a friend give a speech about us, sort of like a sermon.

    Post # 6
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Our church does a very traditional 27 minute ceremony.  It has been the same 27 minutes for all of my friends.  We are adding some readings and maybe a special song.  I also want to do the hand ceremony which none of my friends have done yet.  

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We are having a friend perform the ceremony and we wrote the same vows for us to repeat.

    Post # 8
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think everyone’s wedding is unique. I have been to many in my life and never have I seen the same ceremony twice even when it was performed by the same pastor.

    What I’d like to think will make the day special for us is that our family will be such a big part of it. My Uncle who is a Pastor will officiate. My Aunt and Uncle will provide the music as they are musicians. My Dad and my son will walk me down the aisle. The cultural and religious aspects have to do with biblical readings, a special cord of 3 strands that has been past down for a few generations now and the fact that my Aunt (who is like a Mom to me) will be helping me make my mantilla veil.

    I like that everyone post includes something that is unique to them. I think that is what makes the day so special…your own touches of what mean the most to you or make it so that it can not be duplicated.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I’m working on figuring out what wasn’t unique about ours!  We did not have separate attendants for each of us, but had a maid of honor and dude of honor (my children) there for both of us.  We wrote the ceremony ourselves, drawing on both the traditional Jewish ceremony and the Church of England ceremony.  We made our own chuppah (wedding canopy).  We had all the guests sign the ketubah (wedding contract) as witnesses, instead of just having the usual two.  My bride and I walked up the aisle together, instead of having one of us at the front and the other escorted by someone.  We had an unusual reading.  My ex-husband gave ha-motzi (blessing over bread) in the sukkah (ceremonial booth) behind the synagogue after the ceremony.

    Post # 10
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    Fiance father is officiating and we are writing our own vows and I’m going to read him a poem.

    I might write it but I don’t know yet. We are also having a friend play his classical guitar for the processional. We’re having about a hundred people but I want that intimate, close feel for the ceremony. Also my eleven year old nephew REALLY wants to be the ring bearer so I’m letting him!

    Post # 11
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I am an American, living in London, marrying someone Swedish. We’ll be using a lot of Swedish traditions. These include lots of vodka shots and an especially fun one – when the groom leaves the room for whatever reason, all the men line up to kiss the bride and vice versa.

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I was a voice major in college, so half of my bridal party are classically trained musicians & singers.  We have a string trio playing for the ceremony, and I’m in the process of picking some of my fav pieces (mainly French & Germany Romantic period – absolute favorite!!) for my friends to sing.  These will all be unique hand-selected pieces – No Canon in D here!!

    Fiance & I are also crazy bluegrass fans, so I’m thinking of surprising him with a banjo/fiddle team at the rehearsal and maybe singing something fun for him.   We’ll see…

    Post # 13
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    1016 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Fiance is in the military so he will be in uniform along with some of his groomsmen and friends.  They also have a tradition of a Guard of Honour so that will feature during Mass.  I am trying to personalize the music as much as possible and I am also hoping to incorporate as many loved ones as we can as readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Gift Bearers, etc…  I am also hoping to write our own Prayers of the Faithful.  I think I’m looking forward to the ceremony more than anything!

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    We had a traditional fiddler for music, we wrote our own vows, we had a soil ceremony in place of the sand ceremony where we combined soil from our hometowns.  We are both biologists and love nature, hence the incorporation of soil.  Everyone loved our ceremony, there was a lot of tears throughout the guests and bridal parties.

    Post # 15
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We are doing a lei exchange ceremony. Other than that, it’s pretty traditional.

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    My eleven year old nephew wrote and composed a song that he’ll sing to us during the ceremony (it’s a surprise to us but my sister said it’s amazing).  Our JOP is a childhood friend of mine and my ‘first husband’—we had a mock wedding in my parent’s backyard when we were four years old.  He’s also doing an Irish blessing, in honor of my heritage, in Gaelic.  My daughter and I have a seceret plan with our ring bearer on presenting the rings (it involves a mini red carpet and two robotic Chihuahas).  I’m also letting my husband pick our recessional song and all I know about it is we all need a ‘signature dance move’.  I’ll slightly frightened.  Our music is all favorites of ours and not traditional (he chose an instrumental White Snake song for a prelude—surprisingly pretty).  And not that unique but my husband had a custom ring made for my daughter, with her birthstone, that he will present to her along with simple vows :o)

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