Q1. We're not sure where to hold our wedding ceremony. Can you help?
There are a myriad options open to you. Consider your religious beliefs and family traditions. If both you and your husband have a faith then holding your ceremony in a church or temple would be fitting. If you have no particular beliefs then holding a civil ceremony either in an outdoor wedding or somewhere else would suit you. Many reception venues now cater for ceremonies as well so you can celebrate at the same location. Check out our suppliers and think about recent weddings you've been to for inspiration.
Q2. Is it possible to hold our ceremony outside?
Yes it is. Check with the local council to see if they have any regulations or if you need a permit. "¨Make sure you think of an alternative plan if the weather turns. You may like to think about hiring a marquee as well as some chairs for your guests."¨Alternatively if your reception venue caters for ceremonies, why not get married in their lovely gardens or courtyard if they have one?
Q3. Can we write our own vows?
Normally the answer to this is yes but first check with the minster or celebrant who is marrying you. Some ministers like to stick to the more traditional wording while some will let you write everything yourselves.
Q4. What music will be played?
Normally there are three main pieces of music during a wedding ceremony. The processional is the music to which you walk down the aisle before you are married. Secondly comes the music played while you sign the register and finally the recessional which is the music to which you and your new husband walk down the aisle."¨Within reason most churches and venues will let you choose your own wedding ceremony songs. Think about the atmosphere you want to create during each piece and choose accordingly.
Q5. Can photos be taken during our service?
Again normally yes they can. Check with your minister, as some churches do have a 'no photos' policy during the reading of the vows. This may extend to both your guests and your photographer.