Don’t just focus on the reception when thinking about your wedding day! Your ceremony can be as meaningful, inventive, and fun as the following party. Personalizing your ceremony makes it unique and special to you and your partner – not to mention, it will have your guests delighted to be a part of the experience! We’ve put together six memorable wedding ceremony ideas that are sure to “wow” your guests and make it an event they won’t soon forget!
1. Choose Officiants You’re Close With
Don’t feel pressured to choose someone as an officiant just because of their title! Having an officiant you know and love is a personal way to bring intimacy and positive energy to your ceremony. It’s very easy for anyone to become an officiant, so you have flexibility with who you’d like to perform the ceremony. Consider a family member or friend who could be a good fit for this role and ask if they’d be willing to become an officiant for your wedding day – they will likely be honored and delighted you chose them!
2. Involve Loved Ones in Your Ceremony
In the same light as choosing your officiant, involve loved ones in all parts of your ceremony to make it feel extra special and unique to you! Whether you have them read a meaningful passage or poem, incorporate the kids in your life, or even have your pup walk down the aisle, involving those closest to you can elevate your ceremony experience!
3. Host “Arrival” Cocktails Just Before the Ceremony
Try hosting a quick cocktail before your ceremony for guests as soon as they arrive! This will give a few extra minutes for those who tend to arrive late, get stuck in traffic, or are otherwise held up to ensure you have everyone there before you start. Plus, it gives guests time to mingle and something to do while they wait for your ceremony to begin! Just be sure to keep it minimal, such as one glass of champagne or cocktail per person, to avoid anyone having too much fun before your wedding starts.
4. Choose Ceremony Music That’s Meaningful
Deciding on the music for your ceremony is a big deal – it’s what many people will remember most! If you and your partner have a song that reminds you of each other or holds other significant meaning, play it during your processional for an extra layer of customization.
5. Mix Up Ceremony Seating
Rather than having guests sit in rows in front of the ceremony site, try mixing things up! Try a winding aisle throughout sections for a whimsical flair, or seat your guests in a circle around the altar. It’s so fun to get creative with it – just make sure everyone can see from where they’re seated!
6. Write Your Vows
Exchanging vows can be as traditional or non-traditional as you want them to be. If you’re looking for a personalized ceremony, writing your vows is an incredible way to express your love for and commitment to your partner. Bonus points if you make it both sweet and funny!
Host Your Wedding at The 1812 Farm
Let our experienced team at The 1812 Farm host your big day! Our 18th-century barn and New England farmhouse, sitting on 3 acres of lush grass and gardens, is the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony and reception. We have years of experience with weddings of all types, so you can trust that we’ll be there to guide you every step of the way! Please contact us at The 1812 Farm today to learn more about our venue or inquire about an event.