5 Tips for Your Wedding Ceremony!
So many times I see brides consider so many things about their wedding day. The decor, the reception, the food, flowers all are considered. They are all planned for. But, for a lot of people the main reason for the big day- the ceremony- is left last. For some is a bit of footnote. It doesn’t have to be. It can be short and sweet, but still be special. Just take a moment and think about the moment when you finally say, “I do”. I always tell my couples that all that matters in the end is that you’ve said, “I do”. So, what will that moment say? Here a couple tips to get you started as you think about it….
- 1- Stand so that you’re guests (AND photographer) can see you. We want to share this moment with you. After all that is why we are here. Let us see your faces, and let us feel your emotion.
- 1B- If for some reason you really want to stand with your backs to your guests or your officiant wants you to stand that way. Ask if it is okay for your photographer to sneak behind and still get those photos of your faces during the ceremony.
- 2- Don’t be afraid of to personalize your ceremony. You don’t have to be stuck with the old school unity candle. There are so many unique options to symbolize the start of your new family. I photographed weddings where they have planted a tree, tied a knot, poured sand, and gave their children special jewelry. If you are religious you can take communion, have a special prayer, or even wash each others feet. Yes, I have photographed a wedding where they washed each others feet. It was very special and touching for their families.
- 3- I love it when officiant’s mention to me that they are planning to take a step aside right before or after they pronounce a couple, “Man and Wife”. That means when you get that important photo of your first kiss as husband and wife it will be sans your officiant. If an officiant doesn’t mention it right off the bat I’ll ask if they wouldn’t mind. Ralph at Ralph’s Regal Weddings did Nikki and Adrian’s wedding last summer and he is one that did it without me asking. Now you see him; now you don’t!
- 4- Don’t be afraid to take a moment during the ceremony and just soak it in. Most of the day you’ll spend surrounded by other people. This can be your moment to take it in. Whether it is during a song, a prayer, a reading … take a second look into your bride/groom’s eyes and enjoy the moment.
- 5- As you are walking down the aisle during the recessional don’t forget to pause for a moment and let your photographer grab a quick celebratory photo. If doesn’t have to be anything big, but it is a fun photo with your officiant, wedding party behind you.
I’m currently still booking weddings for 2016. I have prime dates still available for 2016 and have just opened up my calendar for 2017. You can find more wedding information for your Spokane Wedding.