Wedding Ceremony – Unique Tips and Ideas
Your wedding ceremony makes a statement about your love and commitment and the reasons you and your fiancé have chosen each other as life partners. It’s the most public and symbolic personal moment you may ever have, and thus it’s very important to get it right.
There’s absolutely no reason to conform to ideas about the way a wedding ceremony should be if that’s just not you. Be as creative and flexible as you wish, and your wedding ceremony will be original and moving. Best of all it will be memorable, because it was as unique as you are.
The first step to arranging your wedding ceremony is deciding where to hold it. Would you like a traditional church wedding ceremony, can your reception venue double as your wedding ceremomy venue, or would you like something casual in a garden or at the beach?
The second step to planning the wedding ceremony is choosing the Officiant who you would like to marry you. You can be married by a minister, a rabbi, a mayor, judge, ship’s captain or a celebrant. Decide on this and the rest will follow.
You can choose a Minister of Religion even if you don’t go to church on a regular basis. There are many churches that are available even if you are not a member of that particular denomination. The Ministers of these Churches see this as a service to the community. Read more about church wedding ceremonies.
Some clergy are willing to accept changes to the wedding service. If you wish to write your own vows, include other people or incorporate other cultural practices in the ceremony, discuss it with your minister and check out their reaction.
If you’re interested in writing your own vows then be sure to read through Writing Your Vows in 3 Easy Steps.
Over 60 per cent of Australian weddings are now civil ceremonies, and most are performed by celebrants. The reason for this is the huge amount of flexibility a civil ceremony allows. For more on civil ceremonies, read through our guide to Civil Ceremonies.
Choosing the right Celebrant can be time consuming. The best-case scenario is to have one recommended by a friend or relative, so ask around before you shop around. If you’re starting from scratch, start by calling or emailing a couple of celebrants who appeal to you. Give them the date, time and venue for your ceremony to check their availability. Meet with the ones who you liked from first impressions. The Celebrant will make it clear if they do not offer an obligation-free chat.
The third part to planning a wedding ceremony is the decorations. Most couples use flowers to create a romantic atmosphere, but wedding ceremonies are getting more creative. Think about using lighting, fabric, candles and signs to give your wedding ceremony venue a boost. Head to our Wedding Ceremony Gallery or follow Modern Wedding’s Wedding Ceremony Board on Pinterest for creative ideas.