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From Proposal to Wedding Day: Creating an Original Ceremony

In this season of wedding planning, look here for answers on how to go from “I will” to “I do” without the stress and mishaps. This week: unique touches to make your ceremony special.

Even though you spend the majority of your money on the celebration portion of your wedding, the most important part of your wedding day takes only a short moment and it happens when you say your “I dos.”

Here are some tips on how to personalize your ceremony and make it unique and memorable.

Add musical instruments, a live singer or your favorite music. Go for the unexpected and use an instrumental version of a pop song or have a musician play it on a unique musical instrument (strolling violinist or flutist, harmonica, ukulele ). One of Pumpkin Coach Events’ bride had her past students from Juilliard School of Music sing opera during the ceremony.

Details count! Use petals for an aisle runner to create a focal point for the ceremony. It adds three-dimensional effect and it looks so much nicer than a fabric runner that curls up and wrinkles, in addition to being a tripping hazard. Just make sure to use fabric petals, real petals get slippery when walked on. You can also use colored petals to inject some color into otherwise white scenery or create a circle or other shape in which the officiant and your partner will stand in. For beach weddings, use lanterns or enclosed candles to create an aisle. Rocks, seashells and branches will also look unique. And go beyond bows on pew benches or chairs. Use your wedding flowers, shepherd hooks with potted plants or beautiful votive holders, plaques with your favorite quotes. Think outside of the box!

Be creative with your ceremony programs, use a unique size, shape (fans, circles, initials), material (you can print your readings or poems on a silk scarf or handkerchief and hand it out at the ceremony).

Enhance your ceremony by using a unity candle, adding sand ceremony, releasing butterflies or paper lanterns. Personalize it by including your favorite childhood poem or a prose reading. Check your heritage and look for unique traditions that you can include in your ceremony to make it more personal.

Most of these tips can be applied in most ceremony settings, although many houses of worship have their own rules and requirements, so check with your officiant before you invest your time and money.

In my next blog let’s talk about being bold and different - having a dance party instead of your typical wedding! In the meantime – happy wedding planning!

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