The ceremony is a public proclamation or marriage between two people. It usually involves the exchange of wedding vows and the symbolic presentation of gifts to each other in the form of rings.
Though it seems to get the least attention of the lavish affair, it is the most important hour or two of ANY setting; whether it is a small, intimate, medium, large, or extravagant wedding!
Here are a few important elements that you need to remember, or at least have some of them involved in your ceremony.
1. Location – Contrary to beliefs or tradition, the ceremony does not have to be performed in a house of worship. There are outdoor locations and other sites that can make the ceremony both spiritual and memorable.
2. Wedding Programs – Wedding programs may be customized to compliment the color scheme of the wedding location and the theme.
Keep the theme or color scheme in mind when planning the wedding ceremony.
3. Ceremony Decorations – No matter where you decide to have your ceremony, there must be some form of decoration to fit the theme of your wedding and the color scheme. Be sure to make it within reach of your budget or else you will run the risk of under-budgeting another important aspect of the wedding. Some typical decorations include floral arrangements, which can cost a pretty penny! You may choose to go for candles, balloons and bows to reduce the spending on decor.
A simple method to remember the extent of which the location should be decorated is to remember that decorations should be placed at the entry way, along the aisle pews or chairs and at the altar.
4. Aisle Runner – The purpose of the aisle runner in a lightened sense is to make the bride feel like royalty on her special day. However, the practical use is to protect the precious white or ivory wedding gown hem and train from dragging through the dust, dirt and grassy areas.
While the most popular color for runners is white, you may choose to use a color that complements the color scheme and theme.
Here are a few other elements that you may want to check out and be sure to take note of for when you are planning the wedding ceremony!
5. Bridal Party
6. Ring Bearer and Pillow
7. Flower Girl and Basket
8. Wedding Veils
9. Sand or Unity Candle Ceremony
10. Wedding Songs
11. Wedding Vows
12. Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
13. Jumping the Broom
14. Guest Book
15. Bubbles, Rice, Grains or Confetti
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All the best with your wedding planning!