How to have a perfect Ceremony
Weather! It's unpredictable but always a good idea to tell your guests if your cermeony is outdoors. Put that info on your save the date, invitation, website, t-shirts...you get the idea. It helps guests come prepared; think shoes, umbrella, coat, water, mittens - whatever they may need.
Outdoor Ceremony! When having an outdoor ceremony I always think of grandma sitting in the hot sun or cold weather; I've got a thing for old people...I love them! And in order to make your guests comfortable it's great to provide water, umbrellas or some sort of cover for shade, personal fans, warm blankets for those chilly October ceremonies. Hey, the happier they are the more dancing and fun they will have later on with you!
It's Raining! First, don't fret over things you have no control over - that's a life motto right there! When your planning your wedding day, see the indoor back up location, ask to see pictures of it all set up, ask if there are options, find out all the info. I know you are dreaming of that sunny outdoor ceremony but if it's pouring its such a relief to know you planned for this and it's okay. There are some venues who offer amazing indoor locations - search for them, use them! It's Michigan and weather is very unpredictable especially for weddings. And if it does rain make the call early to move it inside so your floral and DJ have amble time to make it beautiful.
Make it Personal! Make your wedding ceremony personal. I mean, it's your wedding day it should be all about you. I work with each wedding couple to create a ceremony that tells their love story, so on your wedding day your guests are reminded of how you got to be standing in front of each other making the choice to be married.
Write your own vows! This one is something you will not regret. It may feel overwhelming and too much, but it's really not - carve out a hour or two and sit down and write. Begin with what you love about your partner, what do you admire about them. Recall the reasons you chose to marry them and what you look forward to in your future together. Oh and for good measure throw in a few promises or vows "I promise to do the dishes when you cook" I promise to fold the laundry" I promise to be your champion and cheerleader" things that are personal to you.
Music! It can be traditional of course...but...what if you turned it up a notch, what if you brought the unexpected to your wedding day? Find a song that you love that speaks to the both of you and rock that jam during your ceremony. Usually you need one piece for the bridal party, a piece for the bride and a recessional song. Again, make it personal.
First Look? Your photographer is so not going to like my answer...NO. I'm a hopeless romantic, I love the magic of when the couples sees each other for the first time at the aisle. There is so much built up anticipation and joy that you can't recreate that! So knock out as many photos as you can without seeing each other before hand, extend your cocktail hour, move your ceremony time up to account for proper lighting and save your first look for the wedding ceremony aisle, it's freaking magical okay!
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