Choosing The Perfect Gown

Your Attendants Gowns

Groom's Duties

Invitation Ettiquite

Choosing a Reception Site

The Wedding Rehearsal

The Wedding Ceremony

The Wedding Reception

The Wedding Cake

Photography Tips

The  Wedding Ceremony

Photo by Chuck Collier
Photo by Chuck Collier
Congratulations! You are about to begin your life as a wedded couple and it is the wedding ceremony that marks the beginning of a new life together.

Contact the officiant or Clergyman and locate ceremony and reception sites before making any other plans, such as ordering invitations or hiring a vendor. Call your wedding coordinator first. 

Although you might belong to a specific religion most clergy affiliated with a church will not travel outside the church for an outdoor marriage ceremony.  If your heart is set on an outdoor wedding a non-denominational minister will still provide a spiritual element and provide you with different choices for the most important part of your day.

 
Ask your clergy man if you may have input into the wedding ceremony.
 

Discuss your plans for your wedding rehearsal when you book you contact your wedding officiant.

  Traditionally both the officiant/clergy and their spouse are invited to the rehearsal dinner. Check with them to see if they would like to attend.

  Be it a string quartet or a solo harp, music sets the tempo and recognizes the personal preferences of the couple.  Choose something that moves you and will always remind you of your walk towards your future together.  There is no need to keep it traditional.  

  Honoring those special ones that have passed on can be nicely done by dedicating a song to their memory as you walk down the aisle.  The dedication may be noted in the wedding program.  A memory table with pictures of your loved ones may be placed in a prominent position, along with a bouquet of flowers that can then be moved to the reception.  Candles on the altar can be lit by remaining family members.  

If your wedding is at a location that does not have a defined aisle, you will need to create one. Lanterns, potted plants, buckets of wild-flowers, torches, flags or streamers made from silk ribbons can all add a dramatic effect while defining your pathway.  Usually tall, decorative elements create a formal look, while shorter ones are appropriate for an informal wedding.

  Consider your aisle cloth carefully!  Be sure it's made of a sturdy fabric and has weights to hold down both ends.  Avoid paper runners; they are difficult to walk on, especially if you are wearing heels with a big dress dragging behind you.  If it is your only choice, have your ushers roll it out from the alter just before you walk down the aisle and have them hold it steady for you until you are in your groom's hands.  

  Walk down the aisle in dignity. It is not a 20 yard dash! Put your right arm through your escort's left arm. Your escort should be on your left. The groom will be standing on the right as you approach him. Stand up straight and walk toward one of the most important moments of your life, your wedding day!