How many weddings have you attended where the ceremony stood out most to you?
Most often, the reception stands out as the fun part of the night. Guests look forward to dancing, dining and mingling with everyone.
But the ceremony is at the heart of a wedding. The exchange of vows between the couple is the sole meaning and purpose of a wedding, but too often those vows get lost in traditional readings or formalities of a ceremony.
How do you make your ceremony unique? Something that not only you and your groom will remember, but a ceremony that your guests won’t be able to forget?
Make it Personal
While the ceremony isn’t expected to be a form of entertainment, you can make it an entertaining experience for your guest. The more personal your ceremony is, the for invested your guests will be. Personality makes the ceremony much more meaningful and enjoyable for your guests as they can pick out the personal touches.
Here are a few easy ways to make your ceremony more special for you and your guests:
1. Get Creative with Seating
Playing around with seating arrangements is a fairly simple trick to get your guests more engaged. Circular and semi-circular seating creates a more intimate experience and can bring you closer to your guests. How you stand can have an impact too. Consider standing next to your partner and facing your friends and family. This gives an even warmer effect. Whatever you do, try not to stand with your backs to your guests.
2. Have Friends Perform a Song
Do any members of your wedding party sing or play an instrument? Asking a close friend or bridesmaid/groomsman to perform a song will not only be meaningful for you, but it’s likely that many of your guests will know this person and enjoy their performance as well. Consider who among your friends has musical talent and ask them to do you a favor.
3. Personalize Your Readings
An easy way to make your ceremony memorable is to avoid cliche wedding readings. Instead, try something that’s more personal to you and your partner. Wedding readings don’t have to be traditional. Pick a passage from a book or movie you both love, perhaps a poem or something that really stands out to you both.
4. Have Family Testimonies
Ask a few family members and close friends ahead of time to share their favorite memories of you and your partner. Maybe they’ll share how they know you two are meant for each other. Mixing it up with a few different voices will keep your guests entertained, and the personal touch offers so much sentiment.
5. Perform a Unique Wedding Ritual
Many couples are fond of the sand ceremony and unity candle, but there are several other creative ways to symbolize you and your partner’s unity in marriage. If you both love wine, pick your favorite bottle and do a wine ceremony. You’ll both drink from the same glass of wine, symbolizing sharing life’s experiences together, both bitter and sweet. Or get your family more involved with the tree planting ceremony. You’ll combine a pot of soil from your parents’ yard and a pot of soil from your partner’s parents’ yard, then add the soil to your own potted tree.
There are limitless possibilities for personalizing your wedding ceremony. The more true it is to you two as the couple, the more it will mean to you both and to your guests.