Wedding Ceremony 101

When planning for your wedding ceremony there are a few things you should bear in mind:

1. You need to book your ceremony location at least 18 to 12 months in advance

2.  When selecting your officiant ask for suggestions. Find out what he or she requires, let them know what you require.

3. When booking the location find out what are their requirements and let them know what you want. You don’t want to wait until the week of the ceremony to find out you are not allowed to take your pet and add a certain decor element.

4.   Plan for the weather. If it’s too hot have a plan. If it rains have a back up plan.

5. If you are having your wedding outdoors, check if there is an electrical supply in the area you want to use.

6. Do you want to have the ceremony and reception at the same venue. If not the drive in between venues should not be more than 30 minutes.

7. If you are having your ceremony outdoors remember to create a focal point.Whether doing an arch or a backdrop or even placing a riser for the bridal party to stand on.


62 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beethankful
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 14:27:19

    great tips


  2. yollyscott
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 23:05:07

    definitely important points


  3. yollyscott
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 23:05:40

    some persons sometimes forget to think about #5


  4. yollyscott
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 23:06:36

    a focal point is so important….remember the bride and groom is the centre of attention


  5. yollyscott
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 23:07:10

    love the riser and backdrop idea


  6. beethankful
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 06:14:05

    #6 is a great point too! so many times you have persons driving so far from church to reception


  7. beethankful
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 06:15:13

    definitely have to think about access to power supply for an outdoor wedding


  8. beethankful
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 06:15:41

    The time frame for booking a venue seems long


  9. yollyscott
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 07:23:01

    prob if its for a highly sought after venue.


  10. yollyscott
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 07:23:35

    to get a great MUA or photographer….seems as if one has to book at least a year in advance.


  11. yollyscott
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 07:26:38

    ive seen where wedding coordinators have a back up plan for the wedding. However, the hotel ones are not well executed.


  12. yollyscott
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 07:27:11

    lovely tips


  13. beethankful
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 21:09:31

    great tips as usual


  14. yollyscott
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 12:17:42

    tips to the worl’


  15. yollyscott
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:40:10

    Focus on the kind of celebration you want, not the one other people expect you to have. Don’t include things that don’t matter to you.


  16. yollyscott
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:40:44

    Children involved in the ceremony are the “cute” factor. Whatever they decide to do at the last minute will be cute – even if they lay down in the aisle and kick and scream. Determine that it’s ok with you – whatever happens. If you will be upset by their antics then perhaps you don’t want children involved.


  17. yollyscott
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:41:07

    Don’t forget to eat something, even if you don’t feel like it on your wedding day. Famished, fainting brides and grooms are more frequent than you’d guess.


  18. yollyscott
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:41:22

    Decide early on who will be in your wedding party. Then stick to it! If you change your mind after they’ve said yes, you deserve the resulting anger and frequent loss of friendship.


  19. yollyscott
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:41:49

    You may be nervous as the ceremony time approaches, but stick to non-alcoholic drinks prior to the ceremony. You want to be able to walk straight and speak clearly!


  20. yollyscott
    Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:42:47

    Form a Bond
    When you meet with your officiant, be open and honest. If he or she hasn’t been in your life for years, you’ll need to allow him or her to learn about you as a couple in order to include some personal elements in the ceremony.


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