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What kind of wedding ceremony do you want to have?

The first place to start is to think about weddings you have been to. Make a list of what you loved about their ceremony and what you didn't love.

Secondly, write down 5 adjectives to describe your dream wedding ceremony. These 5 adjectives should set the vibe for the ceremony. Do you want it to be fun? joyful? formal? sincere? loving? caring? silly? irreverent? geeky? 

Next, begin to think about what elements you may or may not want to include in your ceremony. A traditional ceremony usually involves:

  • A welcoming by the celebrant

  • A procession (walking down the aisle)

  • Opening remarks

  • The couple's story (how they met, fell in love, became engaged, etc)

  • Personal vows

  • Legal vows 

  • The monitum

  • A ring exchange

  • Certificate signing

  • A pronouncement ("i now pronounce you...")

  • The kiss

  • The Recessional (walk back up the aisle)

  • Closing remarks

However, try to think of what else you could include:

  • Poetry

  • A reading

  • Vows for your guests to affirm

  • A music performance

  • a special ritual

  • Involving your guests (such as having them pass the rings around, or having surprise witnesses)

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Getting Started

The first place to start is to think about weddings you have been to. Make a list of what you loved about their ceremony and what you didn't love.

Secondly, write down 5 adjectives to describe your dream wedding ceremony. These 5 adjectives should set the vibe for the ceremony. Do you want it to be fun? joyful? formal? sincere? loving? caring? silly? irreverent? geeky? 

Next, begin to think about what elements you may or may not want to include in your ceremony. A traditional ceremony usually involves:

  • A welcoming by the celebrant

  • A procession (walking down the aisle)

  • Opening remarks

  • The couple's story (how they met, fell in love, became engaged, etc)

  • Personal vows

  • Legal vows 

  • The monitum

  • A ring exchange

  • Certificate signing

  • A pronouncement ("i now pronounce you...")

  • The kiss

  • The Recessional (walk back up the aisle)

  • Closing remarks

However, try to think of what else you could include:

  • Poetry

  • A reading

  • Vows for your guests to affirm

  • A music performance

  • a special ritual

  • Involving your guests (such as having them pass the rings around, or having surprise witnesses)

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Personal Vows

Some tips from me….

  1. Speak from the heart

  2. Don’t force yourself to be funny or overly formal if that’s not you

  3. Think about all the reasons they make you happy

  4. Agree on the tone of your vows with your partner

  5. Perhaps consider making a few promises to your partner (that’s what a vow is!)

  6. Keep it under a few minutes

  7. Here are some great examples:

    1. https://www.theknot.com/content/favorite-wedding-vows-from-real-weddings

    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8F-p0IhfuI

 

Oh and if planning for your wedding ever becomes stressful… take a second to watch this video and remember how much fun you’re going to have with your family and friends… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-94JhLEiN0

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