Today’s couple wants to let their signature style shine at their wedding, making the event a reflection of their personalities and relationship. The wedding ceremony is the perfect time to add special touches that have meaning to you as a couple, as well as your families.
Both religious and cultural traditions have a great deal to contribute to your wedding plans. Within the confines of your church or synagogue’s traditions, there is likely to be room for you to add touches that will make the ceremony even more meaningful.
Consider having ceremony hosts greet arriving guests at entrance doors. Choose one from each family to insure having someone who is likely to recognize many of the guests as they arrive. Instruct ushers to be cordial and make small talk with guests as they are
seated. Many couples opt to let guests sit where they choose, and post a sign stating, "As we join our lives together, please pick a seat, not a side!"
The unity candle is one of the most universal ceremonial touches in weddings. To make it even more meaningful, consider having both mothers come forward and light one of the two individual candles symbolizing the two families that are coming together in this wedding. After the mothers have lit those candles, then the bride and groom step forward and take those two lit candles and light the larger single pillar candle. In that moment, their two individual lights become one.
You might also consider a sand ceremony, where the bride and groom pour their individual sand into a single glass container instead of lighting candles.
As part of the ceremony, you may wish to observe a moment of silence for or a song played in memory of a loved one who isn’t there for your wedding. Some
couples choose to have a small bouquet or single boutonniere placed on an empty
chair to represent the presence of a departed loved one.
If your wedding brings together children from previous relationships, consider giving rings or necklaces to the children of this new marriage. They could be birthstones or diamond chips and should all be similar. The symbolism of these rings for a new family is very
As the ceremony ends, turn and face the audience and take a small pause as you begin the recessional. Stop and hug your parents and say thank you. Exit to special celebratory
If you plan a receiving line at the ceremony site, include as many bridal party and family members as you like. It is helpful to have the last person in the line hand out directions to the reception if it is to be held at a different location.
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