Every ceremony should be as unique as the couple getting married and the marriage that is being created. Unfortunately couples end up with the same boring old ceremonies because of what they think they a wedding has to be. The ideas below are just to help get you thinking – don’t be afraid to get creative!!
BEFORE THE VOWS
Cocktails first, ceremony second!
Consider throwing a pre-ceremony cocktail hour! This gives guests time to relax, get excited and most off all, be surprised! They will have walked in expecting to find a seat and instead they get to have a cocktail on the couple first! It’s definitely a fun way to kick the day off.
Celebration before the ceremony
Organize a group activity such as backyard cricket or giant Jenga to start with before the ceremony starts. These are all great ways to get the festive energy up amongst your guests for the moment the ceremony begins!
Instead of slaving over creating a slide show and screening it at the reception (where you may only have half of your guests’ attention), consider using it as pre-ceremony entertainment. That way all your guests will be watching and subsequently entertained before things kick off! It’s a wonderful way to share with your guests the journey you and your partner took to arrive at this big day.
Change up the seating
No two ceremonies are the same so why should the seating be? Arrange it in a circular shape, have guests sit on hay bales or relax on picnic blankets.
DURING THE VOWS
Walk in, side by side
Instead of being walked in by a parent, or one of you walking in alone while the other waits for you, consider walking in together. This is a beautiful show of commitment and equality. It will likely be a surprise for the guests as well, who will no doubt be expecting the traditional entrance.
Warm the rings
Have your guests pass the rings between them during the ceremony so that when you give them to each other, they are not only given as symbols of your love but also the love, blessings and best wishes of everyone present at your wedding.
Can’t decide who wants to go first when it comes to saying your vows? Have a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide, as well as put a smile on your guest’s faces.
Say no to the poem!
Instead of asking a friend to read one of the same old readings, consider giving you guests the opportunity to stand up and share with you a piece of their short and sweet marriage wisdom. This will be sure to bring laughs and some fond memories! Feel free to structure this as much or as little as you like.
Share the love
Instead of asking a bridesmaid to read out a reading instead, print out a favorite and ask everyone to read it out together for maximum impact.
Before the ceremony gets started tape two lollipops to the bottom of guests chairs and when it comes time to sign the paperwork get the guests to check beneath their chairs. Then ask those two lucky enough to get the lollipops up to witness the signing of the paperwork.
Play that music
Can’t decide on only a few pieces of music to play at important parts during the ceremony. Create a soundtrack and have music play throughout the ceremony to set the mood.
AFTER THE VOWS
Make some noise
Instead of usual confetti or rose petals place cheap, tambourines, kazoos, whistles, and other noisemakers so that your guests can raise the roof as you walk out.
Instead of rushing off for photos or celebrating with guests, sneak off and spend some time together celebrating just the two of you.
Thoughts to endure time
When your guests go to take a seat, lay out a piece of card and a pencil for them to write a little note to you and the groom. When all is said and the ceremony over, collect the advice and start the celebrations!
Have some staff pass around your favorite drink, such as a glass or bubbles or a tequila shot. Then toast to each other then and there. Think of something short, amusing and sweet for this, as more toasts and speeches are sure to come!