You have spent so much time planning your wedding day. You picked the perfect location for you, you have the dress and suite and you poured over the ceremony to make sure each word is a reflection of your love. And now it's the big day, your ready to walk down the aisle and marry the person of your dreams. So how do you assure your guests stay attentive and listen and are drawn into your ceremony, into the magic of the moment?
I have one of the best seats in the house during your ceremony. From the moment the groom stands next to me all nervous or trying to play it cool and then when the bride stands at the end of the aisle ready to begin her walk to the man of her dreams. I get to see the emotion, hear the intake of breathe as he sees her for the first time. To see her face and the emotion that crosses it when she sees him waiting for her.
When you stand there before me I encourage you to get lost in the moment. Look at each other and take in all that stands before you. Listen to the words that we are saying and don't be afraid to let the emotion flow.
Some of the best ceremonies I preside over are those that when the bride and groom show so much emotion you can't help but stand still and see the bride and groom and to get lost in their moment - the moment that they share becoming husband and wife.
Let loose the nervous giggles and the smiles of pure joy. Allow yourself to shed a tear of extreme happiness and relief that your finally standing here becoming husband and wife. I'm not saying you have to get all ugly cry but don't hold back.
I've witnessed couples who are trying so hard not to cry that they are missing their own ceremony. They don't let themselves look at each other, they don't hear the words that we so carefully chose - trust me, this ceremony happens once in your lifetime - live it, breathe it in and get lost in the moment.
That is when your guests are left breathless, when they see the emotion, the joy and happiness the two of you share, that is when they will feel a part of your wedding ceremony. They will thank you profusely for allowing them to witness your amazing wedding day.
Wishing you a very happily ever after,