HOW TO PLAN A WEDDING CEREMONIES
Your Wedding Ceremony How To
Wedding ceremonies are as unique as the couple getting married. Fusion weddings, South Asian, Persian, Jewish, Interfaith, Humanistic, LGBT, Same Sex, you name it we have photographed it.
We capture the love between two people regardless of their beliefs or traditions. Love is love in our opinion.
When planning a ceremony here are a few things to consider
Time of day
- Take into consideration when the sun will be setting. This can have a direct impact on your photos.
- What time of year is your ceremony going to be.
- Will it be dark when the ceremony is over?
These are all important things to consider when you are choosing a start time for your ceremony. If it is important for you to get sunset pictures after the wedding or you want family portraits taken outside in natural light you want to make sure it won't be dark when the ceremony ends.
We can help you figure out the best time to take photographs on your wedding day with a simple phone conversation. Most likely we have photographed weddings at your venue of choice and we have experience with these details.
Comfortable seating for wedding guests
- When choosing chairs for the ceremony site spend a little extra on more sturdy chairs rather than cheaper, plastic folding ones.
- Provide cushions.
- Don't have your guests staring into the sun.
- Offer shade if possible or fans depending on the season or time of day.
You have invited your closest family, friends, and colleagues to witness your love. They have taken the time to join you in this celebration. A simple gesture of appreciation can be shown by providing comfortable seating.
CEREMONY PLANNING IDEAS
- Get to know your officiant ahead of time Does he/she have the same ideology as you.
- Does the Officiant have sample wording/ceremonies/readings to show you?
- Will what they say at your wedding be meaningful.
- Choosing a close friend to be an officiant might be a great way to go.
This is important because you want to make sure you choose someone who can reflect who you are as individuals and as a couple.
Music for ceremony
- Finding music that speaks to you will set the overall mood of the ceremony
- Live musicians
- Traditional recessional and processional songs
- Unique music
Every detail you choose for your wedding reflects who you are and music is no different. This can add a nice touch to make your wedding ceremony unique to the two of you.
Decor how it affects photos
- Flowers make a ceremony look stunning and add color and vibrancy to the photos.
- Guests throwing flowers at the couple walking down the aisle makes for a beautiful photo.
- Petals sprinkled on or covering the aisle runner is always a nice touch.
- Consider other types of decorations besides flowers.
- Professional floral arrangements and other floral accents at a ceremony site can add a pop of vibrancy and beauty to the location. Lack of decor can make your photos look to simple, while too much may take away from the couple.
Wedding Ceremony Tips
Length of Ceremony
- An average outdoor ceremony is 25 minutes.
- Church or indoor around 45 minutes.
- The fastest ceremony I have seen was 6 minutes long. The longest ceremony was a Cambodian ceremony that lasted 5 hours. Allow the right amount of time for your ceremony in your timeline to keep things running smoothly.
Back up plan if you are having an outdoor ceremony
- Wish we could control the elements of the environment but we cannot.
- Have a backup plan
- It is important to have this plan in place before the ceremony. Mother nature can be unpredictable even when the season is perfect. Don't let rain or wind ruin your day.
- Fusion weddings are beautiful.
- Know which traditions are important to you and your family and incorporate them.
- Create a new tradition that is unique to you and your fiance.
- Research traditions online.
- When couples come from different backgrounds it is special to recognize both sides traditions and incorporate them into the ceremony or blend the two.