Writing a Wedding Ceremony

If you look back at the weddings you’ve attended, what you generally remember is not the centerpieces, or the flowers, or even the dress. Chances are, what you remember is the emotion. The maid of honor who started crying during her reading, that bride who just couldn’t stop grinning as she said her vows. Two people, who seem so perfect for each other, making huge promises.

Most of wedding media focuses on the pretty details, and the things you can spend piles of money on. But the actual wedding isn’t the first dance, or the cute photo-booth, or even the emotional first dance. The wedding itself is the ceremony, and the ceremony is the part that is often forgotten till the very last minute. But a great wedding service? Well aside from the fact that it’s free, it also sets the tone for everything else that follows on the day. If your wedding ceremony is an honest reflection of your feelings for each other, everyone will be so high on happiness that they’ll fail to notice if you even bothered with centerpieces at all. In short, a great ceremony is the ultimate wedding hack.

Whether you’re writing a wedding ceremony months in advance or at the very last minute, these resources will help you create something that makes you feel at home. They’ll help you make a religious service your own, build a wedding service from scratch, write your vows, find traditional vows that are right for you, or just pick readings. Because when you look back, it turns out that what you said when you promised to build a life together often matters more than the color of the bridesmaid dresses.

If you’re creating a ceremony from scratch, start by browsing other people’s ceremonies. Not only is plagiarism ok (and encouraged!) but it will give you ideas beyond what you’ve seen over and over again in movies since birth.

Seaquins Ballroom suggests these ideas for wedding ceremonies:

Modern Ceremony

Civil Ceremony

Traditional Secular

 

 

By: A Practical Wedding

 


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