The best tips on how to personalizing your wedding ceremony!

The best tips on how to personalizing your wedding ceremony!

Wedding ceremonies come in many styles, from traditional and classic to modern and trendy. If you’ve decided not to have a traditional or religious ceremony in a church, you probably have some flexibility in making the ceremony a little more unique to your tastes as a couple. If this is the case, here are some ideas to help make your ceremony a little more personal:

• As guests are arriving to the ceremony, have a pre-“cocktail hour” (30 minutes or so) with very light beverages and hors d’oeuvres so everyone can arrive with plenty of time to spare and mingle for a bit. This can be very useful by giving procrastinators or late comers more time and to help appease everyone’s appetite if your ceremony is going to be long.

• Position the bride and groom to face the audience, instead of having their backs to them. This will allow everyone to hear and see the emotion in your faces, as well as give your photographer more opportunities to capture special moments.

• Consider adding a “ring warming” portion to the ceremony, where a bag containing the wedding rings are passed among all the guests with their well wishes, ultimately arriving to the bride and groom when it’s time to exchange vows.

• Instead of having a bride and groom’s side for guests to sit on, encourage them to mingle and choose a seat anywhere. A really cute sign denoting this desire can read, “As two families become one, choose a seat and not side.”

• If the ceremony is occurring outdoors, release butterflies right before the recessional for a beautiful and unique element to the ceremony. Companies like A Butterfly Affaire will deliver monarch butterflies to you in a timely and humane manner.

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