With an inundation of photos and inspiration from Pinterest, bridal magazines, and the weddings you’ve attended, it can be hard to find ways to personalize your wedding ceremony. There are ideas of what a “standard ceremony” should look like, but many couples want ways to make this special moment truly their own! These ideas will help you personalize your wedding ceremony so that it reflects the two of you as a unique couple.
Add a Note to Your Wedding Program
A sweet way to add a personalized touch to your wedding ceremony is to include a note from the two of you in your wedding program. Write a short message thanking your guests for being with you on your special day.
Get Creative with Seating
You can play around with the seating arrangement to make the guests feel more like they are truly a part of the experience. One of the best ways to do this is to create a circle or semicircle of chairs around your altar. This creates a more intimate and interesting wedding ceremony experience.
Switch Up the Processional
You aren’t required to follow the standard processional order and grouping if it isn’t your style. Feel free to mix it up in order to better fit the needs of your wedding party and your personal preferences.
Play Around with The Music
Classic wedding processional songs are always beautiful, but you aren’t required to go with the standards if they aren’t your style. Feel free to choose music that feels more like the two of you. You don’t need to shy away from more recent, popular songs for your ceremony music. If there are songs that are significant to you as a couple, consider using them as you walk down the aisle!
Choose a Meaningful Officiant
If you aren’t throwing a religious ceremony, you’ll have a bit more leeway with who you can choose as your officiant. While you can hire a professional to serve as your officiant, you could also choose a family member or close friend to add a more personal touch. Don’t worry – they can easily get their certification online if they’ve never done it before.
Include a Performance or Reading
Task a wedding party member, family member, or close friend with doing a performance or reading of a passage that is meaningful to you. Be sure to tap into the talents of your close circle – if you have a nephew with a beautiful voice, or a friend who is an incredible acoustic guitar player, use their talents to your advantage!
Write Your Own Vows
Of course, one of the most personal touches you can make is writing your own vows. If you are someone who likes the idea of writing your own vows but is terrified of the process, check out these steps for writing your own vows. The process doesn’t have to be as intimidating as it may seem!
Give Your Furry Friend a Role
Have a dog? Then you may want to consider including your furry friend as you start this new chapter together! These are a few tips for including your dog in your wedding.
End with a Toast
At the end of the ceremony, take an opportunity to give your first toast as a married couple. Have attendants pass around glasses of champagne (or whatever drink you’d like, alcoholic or not) and invite guests to join in for a special toast.
Create a Fun Exit
Exit the ceremony in style! Provide your guests with the tools they need to send you off and onto the reception. Bubbles, sprinkles, sequins, leaves, flower petals, confetti poppers – the ideas are limitless!
If you are in the process of planning your wedding, come to the next Georgia Bridal Show near you. You will have the chance to meet with professional wedding vendors of all talents who can help bring your vision to life!