I’ve been to ceremonies in/on the following places:
Churches, cellars, gardens, mountains, lawns, Living rooms, patios, forests, fields, ballrooms and even on a boat once. I have seen very formal and very relaxed ceremonies.
Some awesome priests and even some dominees constantly giving me the evil eye. I think the most important tip I can give on this is to get the ceremony to reflect your personalities.
If you are fun couple get a fun minister/priest/officer etc.
If you get married outside, choose the spot wisely. Don’t stand in half shade. Shadow blotches made by leaves doesn’t flatter your smooth skin 🙂 Rather have the sun directly behind your back than squinting all the time. The best is even shade.
Inside our outside keep the size and quantity of your décor/flower arrangements in mind. Less space means it’s more difficult capturing those intimate moments.
If there are windows and doors…open them. Natural light is your friend.
If you have a lot of people walking down the isle in front of you, give them a chance to clear the aisle before you make your grand entrance.
Have your bridesmaids and best men take a seat with everybody else. Four people on each side can have the ceremony look very cramped.
I prefer the couple to be half facing the guests. It works well to have them standing towards the left or right on a 45-degree angle.The marriage officer would then be standing on the opposite side also at a 45-degree angle. Viewing angles are much better this way.
Block off certain parts of the church so that your guests aren’t sitting too scattered.
If the wedding is outside and very warm give the guests some water to take to the ceremony. Even music before the ceremony can break the ice a bit.
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