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Personalizing Your Wedding Ceremony

November 13, 2018

 Saying "I do" is the most important part of your wedding day, so why shouldn’t it reflect your personality as much as your wedding dress or beach decor? Want to personalize your wedding ceremony, but don’t know where to start? Here are a few unique ways to personalize your wedding ceremony so every minute from start to finish feels inexplicably like you.

Choose Meaningful Music

One of the most popular way couples can personalize their ceremony is with their music choices. Instead of the traditional Bridal March announcing your walk down the aisle, choose a song with some special significance to your relationship. Begin creating a playlist of your shared favorite songs that represent a time in your relationship, which you can use to help narrow down your processional and recessional choices.

Write Your Own Vows

We love when couples choose to write their own vows for several reasons, but the most important one is that is makes your wedding ceremony completely unique and personal to the two of you. What is it that you as a partner vow to do for your spouse? Your wedding is about celebrating your relationship - no one elses. The vows you speak are your public profession of your love and devotion that you vow to do in marriage that only you can do.

Including a Reading of Special Performance

Do you feel like your ceremony needs a little something extra? Inviting a family member or guests to read a passage or poem personalizes your ceremony unlike your officiate or minister can do. Do you have a talented friend or family member who signs or plays the guitar? Invited them to perform something to honor your marriage to personalize your wedding ceremony in a big way.

Involving Your Guests

There are many ways couples can get their guests involved in your ceremony. One is a Ring Warming Ceremony where the rings are passed throughout your guests (or just the immediate family) while your officiate tells your love story. Another is have your guests join in a prayer of support. We've even seen a group of guests stand and have an impromptu sing-a-long to "All You Need is Love" How Sweet is that??

Include Cultural or Religious Traditions

In addition to honoring your relationship, your wedding ceremony is an opportunity to honor your family roots and ancestry. Some of the most beautiful and heartfelt ceremonies incorporate traditions from each other's cultural or religious backgrounds. For example, The Celtic Handfasting Ceremony or the Jewish Breaking of the Glass.

Get Creative with a Unity Ceremony

A Unity Ceremony often includes the lighting of a candle together, but there are many creative alternatives. Some couples mix different colors of sand together in a unity vase symbolizing a joining of their new lives together. Another is the Unity Cross Ceremony, Unity Heart or the Wine and Chocolate Ceremony. Walking

Down the Aisle (Beach) . . . Your Way 

To really personalize your ceremony you may want to rethink the tried and true traditions. One in particular is how and with whom you walk down the aisle. You may want to have both parents walk you, both your father and step-father or your soon to be spouse. If you have children you may want them to walk you or even just yourself.

It's important to remember that when it comes to your wedding, there aren't any rules so feel free to break with convention and do what feel right to you. 


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