Look, everyone would admit that the reception is where the party is at for any wedding. We get it, you get it, we all get it, but while planning your big day, don’t overlook the actual ceremony. There’s no sense in having the party of the century with a blah ceremony leading up to it. Need ideas on how to make that ceremony spicy? We’ve got you fam. Check some out below:
- Stay away from the traditional Ceremony Set-Up. Rather than setting your wedding ceremony and seating up in the typical theater format, consider setting your chairs in one of the following ways:
- Goose Flight or Chevron: Chairs are still facing forward, but in a “V” shape.
- Go Round: Set your seating in a circle with you, your honey, and the officiant in the center of the circle.
- Change the seating type: Rather than having those uncomfy folding chairs for everyone, set up some couches and café tables. Budget and Venue will dictate your limitations, but if you can do this, it makes for a very memorable situation. Plus, it helps with social distancing.
- Face the Aisle: Everyone wants to see the bride enter the room, so set the chairs facing the aisle. Everyone can see the bride enter, and the ceremony too.
- Offer a short cocktail or beverage party BEFORE the ceremony
Obviously, you’re not going to do this if you’re holding your wedding in a house of worship (at least you probably shouldn’t), but if the venue allows, then why not? It’s a nice way to set the mood before you take the leap.
- Use a nontraditional officiant for your wedding.
Just about anyone can go online and become legally ordained to perform a ceremony these days. (Check out this link where you can do just that) Of course, you’ll want to check the laws in your area, but why not ask the person who introduced you, your grandmother, or anyone else special to the both of you to perform the wedding? Some couples have even chosen to officiate their own wedding ceremony. Again, check the legalities of this before planning it, but it could be a pretty memorable and unique way to tie that knot.
- Mix things up with the wedding party.
Traditions can be broken, so why not change things up when it comes to the wedding party? Here are a few examples of what we’re talking about:
- Change up the genders: The groom could ask his best female friend, mom, and/or sister to be the best woman or groom’s women. Likewise, the bride could ask her best male friend, dad, and/or brother to be the man-of-honor.
- Granny could be the Flower Girl.
- Your Labrador or Poodle as the Ring Bearer: Many couples have used their pups to serve as ring bearers in their ceremonies. You could as well. Heck! We’ve even seen dogs as best men and maids of honor.
- Write your own vows. This one isn’t really a revelation or anything new as people have been doing it for years, but nothing is more romantic than using your own words to express your love to each other.
So, there you have it. Hopefully this list will give you some good ideas for making your ceremony even more memorable.
Need more wedding planning ideas? Reach out to us here at Special Event Proz, we’d love to help.