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Planning the Wedding Ceremony


Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony is the main event and the reason for it all. This highlight moment is not an impromptu event, and requires a plan for a flawless performance. Keep reading to explore tips to help you plan your wedding ceremony.


The Wedding Venue


The wedding ceremony requires a magical space. The design of the wedding venue will create the overall tone of your wedding day. Your theme and personality should be conveyed by the design. Book a venue with professional designers, furnishings and décor. A design package is included with an all-inclusive venue. All-inclusive venues with a professional wedding designer can help you bring your vision to life. Avoid renting an empty space. If you book an empty venue, you will need to rent furnishings and designs, and reinvent the entire space. A blank canvas requires extensive labor and expensive rentals. The everything included concept of an all-inclusive venue makes the fairy tale affordable.

Wedding Venue

Officiating the Wedding Ceremony


The officiant conducts the wedding ceremony, and will guide you and your guests through the experience. Culture and orientation can affect the way a ceremony is performed, but the goal is always to create a unique, meaningful and memorable ceremony. It is important to remember that officiants are people with unique personalities, different levels of experience and different backgrounds. Interview your officiant to make sure their personality and ideas fit with yours. Your rituals and vows will be the most remembered part of the moment. Creating unique vows for the moment can make it feel more meaningful. If you want to write your own wedding vows, find a wedding officiant with sample scripts and experience assisting couples with writing vows. We do not all speak the same language of love. Find an officiant that speaks yours.


Practice the Wedding Ceremony


As with most things, practice makes perfect. Use props as you practice turning with the train and handing off the bouquet to the maid of honor. Ceremonial elements, such as jumping the broom and pouring sand for a sand ceremony, should have a practice run too. Create opportunities to work with the officiant. Practicing the ceremony avoids embarrassing mistakes.

Wedding Ceremony

Create a Unique Symbol


Unique ceremonies are created with unique rituals and symbols. You might consider planting a tree in a decorative pot, draping a rosary or sash around your shoulders or jumping a broom. A handfasting ceremony, unity candle or sand ceremony are traditions that make the wedding ceremony special. During a handfasting ceremony, the officiant wraps a chord three times around the hands of the bride and groom to bind them together. The officiant explains the symbolism and meaning behind the ritual. During a unity candle ceremony, the bride and groom light a column candle to symbolize uniting as one. A sand ceremony is similar to the unity candle ceremony. The bride and groom pour colored sand into a single vase to symbolize becoming one. If you want to add a special ritual to your wedding ceremony, discuss it with your officiant.


Special Readings


There is no shortage of love in literature. Love is probably one of the most written about topics. Whether Shakespeare or scripture, there is a lot to be read about the subject. Religious text offers advice and adds meaning to a wedding ceremony. If you want to include a special reading, take time to research and choose an excerpt from your favorite work. If you choose to open your wedding vows with a quote, choose a quote that is significant to your relationship and experiences.


Practice the Wedding Ceremony


Practice makes perfect. Get all the nerves out of the way and become comfortable going through the motions. Use props, such as a mock train and ribbon bouquet. Practice turning with the train and handing off the bouquet to the maid of honor. Ceremonial elements, such as jumping the broom and pouring sand for a sand ceremony, should have a practice run too. Create opportunities to work with the officiant. Practicing the ceremony avoids embarrassing mistakes. The rehearsal dinner is probably the last opportunity to gather with the wedding party and have a final practice wedding ceremony.

Crystal Ballroom BeachPlace


Plan your wedding day with Crystal Ballroom BeachPlace. Create your magical moments in a wedding venue designed just for you. Meet with designers and planners inside of the design studio to share your vision and choose from exclusive designs. Bring your dream wedding to life in a luxurious ballroom. All of the furnishings, décor and services are included to create your magical moments. Plan your fairy tale with the finest at Crystal Ballroom.

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