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How can I make my wedding ceremony more personal?

Posted by Casey Harrison  January 21, 2013 10:59 AM

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Dear Inspired,

I'm getting married this summer (yay!) and my fiance and I have chosen to have an outdoor wedding ceremony. We're not religious, but we'd like to make our ceremony feel really personal and unique, and we'd like to include our guests as much as possible. Besides doing readings, do you have any other interesting ideas?

Cheers,
Stumped about the Ceremony
xo

Dear Stumped,

I totally understand! We all want our ceremony to seem like a true reflection of us, instead of just the same readings and ceremonies we've seen for years. This summer, I saw a few couples use the traditions of Quaker weddings. There are many things that make a Quaker wedding unique, but the tradition I've seen used is allowing guests to stand and speak during the ceremony (think a celebratory toast). I saw this at two weddings I photographed this summer, and I thought it was so sweet and touching. Friends and family stood and spoke about how they knew the couple, stories of their courtship, and their words of wisdom and advice. One of the ringbearers actually stood up and spoke, which was (of course) a huge hit! I thought it was a really beautiful addition to the wedding ceremony.

A little word of advice: the couples I worked with spoke to a guest or two before the wedding ceremony and asked if they would agree to speak. This broke the ice and made other people feel more comfortable standing up and giving a toast of their own. Something to think about!

Best of luck!

Casey

QuakerCeremony.jpg Photo by Hello Love Photography

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Becca Olcott has a thing for old love letters and good old-fashioned romance. Bringing daily wedding updates and advice is second nature to Becca. She spends her days working with the brides of New England designing tablescapes full of lush florals and antique gems through her business Petal Floral Design.
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