You’ve everything from the decor, to the look and wedding menu planned to perfection, but have you really considered the ceremony itself?
Professional celebrant Lynn Tierney is here to help, with 5 things you should and should not do when it comes to the getting wed part of your big day. Read below then come meet her and her team from the FCP at our BoShow Festival in Milton Keynes this June!
1. DO Get to Know Your Celebrant
Who? The person who will be writing your ceremony script, and standing there with you both in front of all your family and friends on your big day, leading you through the most emotional commitment of your lives.
It is so important that the celebrant you choose is the right person for you. Meet up and discuss all aspects of your ceremony over coffee. Stay in touch via phone, text, email, Skype – whatever works for you.
2. DO Inject You & Your Fiancé’s Personalities into the Ceremony
Add a personal touch to everything, from telling your love story to writing your own vows and personalising symbolic rituals – these are all the main reasons for using a celebrant in the first place.
You want your ceremony to be all about the two of you. Sharing a loving cup? Doesn’t need to be wine. If the two of you have a fave cocktail or just love to spend time with a good cuppa, why not use that instead?
3. DO hold a Rehearsal
A walk through from entrance to exit to choreograph your ceremony will make things run as smoothly as possible on the day. Try to have as many of the bridal party there as possible, so that everybody knows where to be, when to move, where to stand.
Don’t forget to test out the bridal party entrance with the music too, to avoid everybody sprinting down the aisle. It’s a good idea to hold this as close to the actual ceremony time, so that you can get more of a feel for timings or, for outdoor weddings, the position of sun and shade.
4. DO have a Plan B
Planning to hold your ceremony outside? So was I – in the middle of June 2012. Pretty safe, you’d think? But it rained and rained for a week beforehand and that beautiful riverside meadow was more of a swamp! So, into the barn we went and it really didn’t ruin our day.
Be realistic with your plans and come up with a contingency. Watch the weather forecast leading up to your big day and don’t leave it till the last minute to make that decision to move indoors, especially if it means furniture and decorations need to be moved or rethought.
5. DON’T Sweat the Small Stuff
Be prepared for some things to go wrong. But remember that it won’t be a big deal when they do.
Whatever happens, you’ll look back on it and laugh, so enjoy your day in spite of whatever didn’t go as planned.
Love these top tips? Meet Lynn and the FCP team at our BoShow Festival in Milton Keynes for more ideas on your wedding ceremony!Image source: Pinterest.com