I’ve gotten a lot of questions from couples during quarantine asking what they can be doing in the wedding planning department. I know there are endless speculations and stories of postponed weddings out there. Stay positive and keep planning toward your day.
Too often couples leave their ceremony details to the last minute. You want to infuse your love into the ceremony and while that isn’t a hard task, it can’t be rushed.
Start with a basic wedding ceremony program outline. Enter your name and email below and I’ll share my exact outline.
You can absolutely keep your program simple. Below are a few of my favorites from The Girlbossbride Styling Collections. All shot by our amazingly talented friends at Sweet Monday Photography. If you’re having a full Catholic or Epispical Mass you will likely be required to print the full ceremony. Consult with your clergy. In the meantime, you can absolutely start with my outline.
Generally speaking, you’ll want to start the ceremony 1.5 hours before your band/DJ is contracted to start; 30 minutes for the ceremony and 1 hour for cocktails. Your situation may be unique so adjust accordingly.
The more formal your celebration the later you’ll want to start the ceremony. An old rule is that nothing black tie starts before 6:00 PM. There is certainly wiggle room but if your goal is formal you may want to adust your wedding ceremony start time.
This past wedding season I did a revolutionary thing for one ceremony. We had a pre-ceremony cocktail hour. And it was AMAZING. If your goal is to have a lively celebration this is something to consider. I’ll do a full blog post on how to execute that soon, for now, if you’re interested message me.
As my daughter’s favorite sweatshirt reads, Music Is Life. Music can transport your guests. If strings aren’t you, go in a different direction. If you’ve hired a band, ask what instrumentation they can offer.
Lately, I’ve been loving including a vocalist, especially for the bridal processional. It is unexpected and adds instant drama. Two tunes we’ve used this season are the Talking Heads “This Must Be The Place” and “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” from the Crazy Rich Asians soundtrack.
Grab my favorite recessional songs below.
Readings are totally optional. They can be a nice way to include a family member or friend you’re close to that isn’t in the wedding party. These don’t have to be religious. The lyrics of your favorite song or a poem can be special.
Acknowledging family and friends who can’t be with you in person is a touching way to close the wedding ceremony program. My favorite poem of the moment is:
Those we love don’t go away.
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, but always near.
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Take the FREE and start planning a wedding that feels uniquely you.
The truth is I hated planning my own wedding. I felt like I was going it alone and was surprised by how hard it was to find partners who embraced my vision. Thankfully, the guy was worth it and that experience is what led me to become a wedding planner. After a decade of planning luxury weddings I am bringing my process to you.
Not sure if you need wedding ceremony programs? While they’re totally optional, a wedding program essentially is an outline of the ceremony and helps guests follow the order of the service so they understand what’s taking place. The ceremony program should include all of the helpful details you would want to communicate to guests: the order of ceremony events, wedding-party bios to help guests get to know your VIPs, musical selections, passages and readings, explanations of any ceremony or cultural traditions, a thank-you note to guests for attending, and any additional messages to guests (i.e., directions to the reception venue, your wedding hashtag, no photos, etc.).
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