This article is for all couples who don’t now what a wedding ceremony means and what are the most important moments they should focus more. There are many young brides and grooms who have no idea about the rites, the formalities and the etiquettes assigned to a wedding ceremony. Perhaps it’s not important to know all the sets of rules to be able to pull a successful ceremony.
But it’s essential to know the basic things that occur during the program. If you’re having a ceremony in a church or in a chapel outdoors, you might also want to know more about the religious factor and all the symbols that are involved. There will be readings from the bible and other special moments you should be aware of. Being informed about what happens in a ceremony is a way of being more present, with both mind and heart. There is nothing more beautiful, more sentimental and romantic than a wedding ceremony.
The program includes the exchanging of the vows and rings ceremonies – which are the ones that everybody expects to see. But in many cases, the guests too can be confused about wedding ceremony, especially those who have never attended one before. It’s important to know a few things about how you should act and behave. These are not hard and fast rules common sense etiquettes that can prevent you from ruining the couple’s wedding. It’s very important for a guest to know exactly what to expect, what to say and when to applaud.
Each one of us wants to be a great guest to our friend’s wedding, so let’s see what the basic information on how a ceremony proceeds are. The wedding location is very important for a guest. He needs to know whether the ceremony will take place in a garden, in a public park, in a city hall or in a place of worship. This will dictate the dress code and the way he should behave. They say that the good guest who behaves properly is almost invisible! Well, this is not the best description you would want for yourself, isn’t it? But there is a little truth in this saying you will have to submit to. Don’t show up dressed inappropriately for the formality.
Behave elegantly and polite. Don’t drink too much and don’t laugh during the ceremony. It is a solemn moment when the bride and the groom swear eternal love to one another in the eyes of God. So keep the fun and the good laughter for the reception party. The shortest types of ceremonies (15 minutes at most) are those that take place at city hall. The space reserved for guests is practically very small.
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We picked on of our favorite concepts for today. This wedding ceremony took place in Harbour Island, Bahamas and the decorations are breathtaking! The couple wanted a nontraditional ceremony and party and this is why they picked only their favorite things for the outfits, setting and arrangements. They opted for a barefoot ceremony on the sand, in an amazing setting created from branches, orchids, driftwood and shells.
This type of décor made the perfect backdrop we think the pictures reveal the amazing atmosphere out there! This was a chic island nuptial fit for a modern couple who didn’t want anything conventional, formal or strictly rigorous. The design is fun, creative yet still very elegant and stylish. We love the way these designers managed to find the perfect fusion and compromise between the wild and the elegant.
The setting looks so very natural but so very glam and stylish in the same time! The surprise of this wedding was that the party started with two days before the big date. The newlyweds chose this way because they wanted to welcome their guests properly and get them into the mood of the wedding. The wedding ended with a big party at a trendy pool in the area. Don’t you just love this first photo of the bride’s dress and bouquet?
This image surprises the wonderful texture of the ruffles and blooms in a very unique way. The bouquet this bride wears is composed of white peonies that echo the texture of the gown. This floral arrangement was designed by Michelle Rago Destinations. Their vision of using the same look for the gown and the bouquet is fascinating. The groom wore a unique boutonniere made of a single Vanda orchid.
We fancy the turquoise beads and leaf that accents the flowers. These colors match the tie and the beige color of the suit in a very nice and fashionable way. The tropical touches used for the aisle are also amazing! They used large seashells to line the pathway to the ceremony site. Very romantic and original, don’t you think? The bride and groom wanted to keep things natural, so they used sea-inspired icons to enhance the beauty of the venue.
The wedding decorations can take up more money than many other aspects of areas of your big day. And our designers know that. This is why they constantly try to come up with new ideas that can be applied to cheap weddings too. The wedding budget is the big issue that modern couples have to figure out without stress and complications. It’s easy to say, but not that easy to accomplish.
But come to think about it, no one forces you to decorate every single corner of your wedding ceremony site! You can decide for yourself how many flowers and decorative items you should purchase for the setting. It would be inspired to look for a ceremony site that is more attractive. This way you won’t have to spend too much to make it look elegant and festive. There are many ideas out there to follow when planning a ceremony for less. We’ve collected some of the most relevant and doable tips to share with those who want to beautify their wedding in a unique way and still save more money for the other important things.
The decoration is a must for a ceremony, but it would be wiser to leave money for other essential expenses, like food, alcohol and outfits. In general, alfresco venues come with a natural landscape included. Choose a place with green trees or unique arbors, fresh grass and multicolor flowers. Those who are having a church ceremony and want something more solemn and formal can use just a few elegant blooms. There’s no need to cross the line and spend a fortune on flower arrangements that are meant to frame your ceremony for only two hours!
Nevertheless, talk with the minister and find out whether you can take some of the floral decorations used in the ceremony at the reception site. If the ceremony is in winter, or near Christmas, skip purchasing flowers. The church will surely have some traditional floral arrangements and other festive garlands. Poinsettias are the usual order for church in this period. The bridesmaids can wear dried flowers or fabric blooms. This style is great for rustic weddings.
These bouquets can make great wedding keepsakes! Use the same alternative for the dinner tables and centerpieces. To create a more romantic and symbolic ambiance, use candles in different lengths, shapes and colors. Use tall pillar candles and silk flower wreaths for an elegant ceremony. Utilize some for the altar and create a more beautiful atmosphere for the vow exchanging ceremony. If you’re outdoors, use strings of lights, paper lanterns or festive garlands on trees, bushes or shrubs. Use doilies instead of tablecloths. Use tulle drapes for the aisle and for the ceremony chairs.
The religious factor plays an essential role in a wedding. There is nothing more unique, more special and meaningful in the life of a couple than the moment when they are united as husband and wife in front of God. The religious ceremony is more important than the civil one because the bride and the groom receive the blessings for a lifetime together. And “what God has joined together, let no man separate”.
The couple has nowadays more freedom for selecting the wedding ceremony program according to their beliefs. Things can be simple for those who belong to the same religion. But even those couples who come from different religious traditions and cultures can find a proper compromise. One of the most popular types of ceremonies is the Christian wedding ceremony. The program you two choose for your ceremony can make a beautiful keepsake for your friends, family and guests. You can select a special reading from the Bible, something that your invitees can reflect on and remember for the rest of their lives.
This ceremony has to be special, romantic and profound. In many cases the couple decides to have a smaller ceremony, with close friends and family only. But not all cases are equal. While some prefer a more intimate and deep ceremony, others want the big event. If you want to make your big day unique, we suggest you to opt for a professional quality ceremony program. It would be also nice to spend more time in learning more about the deeper understanding and meanings of the Christian ceremony. This will add more depth to your day and make it even more special.
Take a few days to read into the biblical significance of the authentic Christian wedding traditions to make sure you will be able to understand all the parts and symbols of the ceremony. A special blessing is having your parents and grandparents there on your wedding day. Don’t hesitate to involve them in the ceremony because they will be honored to support the new generation of marriage union in their family. The processional begins with the music for the honored guests’ seating.
The first one is the groom’s grandmother, the bride’s grandmother, the groom’s parents and the bride’s mother. The minister and the groom enter from stage right. The groomsmen can also enter together if they’re not escorting the bridesmaids down to the altar. The bridesmaids enter once at a time from the center aisle, followed by the maid of honor and best man. Then the flower girl and ring bearer enter, followed by the bride and her father. In many cases, the mother of the brands stands as a signal for all guests to stand.
We love wedding vow renewals and wedding anniversary parties because they are very romantic and sentimental. Nevertheless, not all couples have the same vision of the perfect wedding anniversary, but the majority of them get nostalgic on this day. One of the most popular celebrations among traditional and modern couples is the 50th celebration. Perhaps you don’t have the money or the time to plan a wedding party anniversary each year. But from ten to ten years you can organize something special for you and your close friends and family.
You can plan the 50th anniversary of your parents or grandparents in their honor. They will be very happy and will surely enjoy your surprise. The golden anniversary can be spent in different ways. The couple can plan a ceremony where they can reaffirm their vows and declare their love for each other once again. It’s nice to reassure your partner about the love you swear your fidelity to your marriage once again. You’ve been together for so many years now and it would be flattering to celebrate this special date properly.
The vows can be the same you two spoke at the wedding or you can choose something different, something even more profound and sentimental. It’s clearly now that your love is now deeper and more stable. You have been through many things together and managed to get here. This is why it would be more appropriate to speak from your heart about the things you feel now. A wedding vow renewal allows you to look over the years and promise to love and support each other even more from now on. It doesn’t even matter whether the ceremony is ample or intimate. The important is to organize something romantic and personal. The truth is that not all couples want a ceremony on their golden anniversary. They might prefer instead a small or fancy party with close friends and family.
Nevertheless, instead of buying your guests a gift, it would be more beautiful to allow them watch you renewing your vows! You can choose the same location where you got married to commemorate that day in a more sentimental way. It would be nice to go back to the place where you two tied your knots 50 years ago and relive those special thrilling moments. The guest list usually sets up the budget and the amplitude of the event. After you make the guest list you can think of a date for the ceremony or party. The ceremony can be officiated by a reverend or by a judge. It all depends on how religious the couple is. It would be more appropriate to ask your pastor to hold the ceremony in your church.
One of the most traditional and symbolic wedding ceremony of all is perhaps the Jewish wedding. This culture embodies a lot of meanings and rituals when it comes to weddings. In case you’ve never been to a Jewish wedding perhaps you would like to find out more about their beautiful traditions and customs. One of the most popular and appreciated elements they display at the ceremony is the chuppah.
We are very excited to talk today about this type of ceremony setting and offer you a few of our favorite arrangements in the pictures below. Jewish weddings are filled with unique customs and rites played by the couple and by many other wedding attendants. Nevertheless, the customs vary from one family to another, and this is why not all Jewish weddings are similar. In this culture, the bride is called kallah and the groom chatan. The wedding day is the holiest day of their life and the happiest.
We can see their joy in all the things they’re including in the wedding and in their wear. They say that the past sins of Jewish people are forgiving with the exchanging of the vows and rings. The two of them new enter a new life and they form now a single purified soul. The festivities usually take very long as the ceremony is very ample and sophisticated. Returning to our subject, the chuppah (also spelled huppah) is the most popular symbol of their rituals.
The chuppah is a marriage canopy, made exclusively for the bride and groom to stand under during the ceremony. The construction features four poles, which can be held by four members of the wedding party which are very important to the couple. Many say that this type of setting is a symbol of the new home which the bride and groom are now building and sharing. There are many other customs afferent to some Jewish, like the Askhenazi Jews. The ceremony they perform usually takes place under the stars.
The bride encircles the groom seven times, this ritual symbolizing the creations. God created the world in seven days and now the bride is building the walls of their new life together. The couple is also not allowed to wear any type of jewelry. In many traditions, the Jewish chuppah recalls the tent of Abraham in which many guests were received. This type of construction also symbolizes the very presence of God in the life of the couple. The trend of outdoors weddings is not new but quite ancient actually. The chuppah setting marked out a sanctified space for most of the ceremonies that took place outside the doors. The fabric used for the chuppah can be a symbolic cloth.
The wedding ceremony is the most special moment of the entire day all couples are expecting with anxiety and emotion. The party is shared with all friends and family members and this is why it is a more social event. But the ceremony is personal, intimate and more meaningful. Many significant things happen during the religious ceremony. There are scared readings, the exchanging of the vows and rings moment and in some cases the Eucharist.
The couple can decide to participate at a full Catholic, Christian or other religious mass or they can skip some parts of the ceremony. It depends on their preferences. It’s traditional though and more adequate to choose the full program. This moment is very profound and special and it will only happen once in your life. So why not live it to its full potential! There are many types of ceremonies to choose from. First of all, the newlyweds have to decide whether they want a traditional or modern wedding. They can go conventional and choose a religious ceremony in their church, or opt for a civil officiant and plan the ceremony outdoors or in a neutral location, like a hall.
There are many other types of ceremonies based on belief and region. The religious ceremonies are the most beautiful and the most romantic. In these cases the couple should follow the canon and the laws assigned to their respective church. If the bride and groom are of different confessions they have to agree which one to follow. There are many cases when the two of them want to join the same religion or remain the same after marriage. Unfortunately, the religious factor is less important to many modern couples.
Many of them prefer to go by their own principles and ignore the blessings offered by the priest. Many modern churches also allow for additions and deletions to be made in the marriage program, which is also an inappropriate stray from the truth. Anyway, contemporary brides and grooms are free to choose whether to make their union a sacred one or just a civil one. There are also many family traditions to be honored or ignored when it comes to wedding ceremonies.
Not many newlyweds of today decide to follow their ethnic traditions or customs at their wedding. We’ve seen many couples designing their own wedding. For Catholic people, marriage is one of the seven sacraments and a very important ritual within the church. For Filipinos, the marriage is also sacred, as many of them belong to the early Spanish colonization and celebrate weddings within a catholic mass. Other popular types of wedding ceremonies are those based on Jewish and Hawaiian traditions. Each one of them is unique.
Summer is almost here and the unique wedding ideas started to flow with abundance. We are perhaps even more excited than you about the original wedding projects that are continuously emerging in the industry. The world of weddings is not only magical but also full of creativity and style. Those who work for this field are willing to invest all their time and energy in creating spectacular themes and patterns for those who want something original and outstanding for their wedding.
The trends are very complex and versatile right now. A unique idea can be explored and adapted to suit more than one wedding style and we think this is an amazing thing. Contemporary couples are surely privileged to enjoy such gorgeous ideas and designs for their wedding. The range of styles is pretty wide and therefore very difficult to choose from. But we trust your sense of style and beauty and your capacity of making the right decision.
One of the patterns that we love for weddings is that based on stripes and polka dots. Lines and circles, plaids and rhomboids, these are the trendiest patterns incorporated in modern weddings. We are very excited about the items we have to show you today, as they feature both stripped and dotted decorations. These amazing ideas are great for outdoors ceremonies, especially for those that occur in spring or summer. There is something very fun and playful about these patterns that make us think of the warm seasons.
And the nuances used for these decorations and accessories also fit the seasonal flair. Take a look at the first image from here and see how delightful this stationery suite is. This is a light, easy and economical way to adorn the wedding invitations, programs and other papery items for the ceremony.
Use polka-dot paper and create colorful designs that can suit both classic and modern affairs. This is a great way of announcing your guests about how dynamic and cheerful your wedding is going to be, don’t you think? The bride can opt for a chic bouquet embellished with a polka dot paper frame. Take a look at the arrangement in the second picture and see how flattering this flower bouquet is! The designers used an amazing ‘50s style to create this arrangement of blush pink roses and chocolate cosmos accents.
The lavender ribbon makes this dome-shape bouquet even more remarkable. The wedding dress can be inspired by stripes and drapes. Check out the fabulous Caroline Herrera gown worn by this bride. Her groom wears a chic neutral suit from J. Crew. We adore this textured fashionable look! To make the ceremony even more special, have your guests bunting with round paper confetti in the wedding colors.
One of the newest rites performed in modern weddings is the unity sand ceremony. We know there are still many couples out there who can’t seem to have any idea of what this ceremony is and what’s it all about. Shortly said, this ceremony is a way to symbolize the sacred bond made between a man and a woman. It is a more artistic expression of the marital union as the bride and groom pour different colored sands into a vase.
The design resulted is something unique they can keep as a wedding souvenir. As we said before, this tradition is rather a new entry in weddings and it is often viewed as an alternative to the Unity Candle Ceremony. The bride and groom and their families are now joined together, forming a unity. They now form a whole which is beautifully expressed through this ritual. The significance of this ceremony is based on the symbolism of sand.
This item is used to represent the passing of time and the new journey of life thee two newlyweds are now committed to. This tradition started in Hawaii but is nowadays continued in many other regions of the world. Brides and grooms who are having a beach wedding can perform this ritual and keep the vessel as a unique token of their love and commitment. Hawaiian people say that once the sand is poured together it can never be separated. The sand poured alternately by the bride and groom becomes one and it symbolizes the marriage of two different persons, families, worlds.
The grains of sand come in two different colors and no one can separate them again. This is a new trend because colored sand is more available nowadays than it was before. Don’t you find this tradition romantic, lovely and also very fun? It is a beautiful way of playing more creative and exciting at a wedding. During the last few years this phenomena became a very commercial and cultural one around the world, especially in USA weddings.
Some people also interpret the unity of the two sands as the basis for a child. You can choose any color that you like or favor. The vessel you can use also has to be unique. There are many designs out there to select from according to your own preferences and vision. Brides who decide to play along with this rite don’t even have to worry about preserving their wedding bouquet. They will have this beautiful and romantic vessel of sand as a unique remembrance of her wedding. Many newlyweds prefer this ceremony over the candle ceremony because sand is everlasting. Nevertheless, we can also say that the light of the candles is somehow holier.
One of the most romantic and elegant locations for a beach wedding is Florida. The vast majority of couples who are looking for a cozy and tropical setting for their ceremony choose Florida. There are many things to enjoy while being in Florida and getting married there. The location is superb and the tourist attractions are the perfect way to entertain your wedding guests.
Couples who choose this destination for their ceremony usually like to prolong their stay and send a few days extra just the two of them. Florida s a great resort for honeymoon vacations for both romantic and adventurous brides and grooms. There are plenty of domestic and international options for those who are thinking of spending their honeymoon or the entire weekend in Florida. There are also many alternatives to suit those who have custom needs.
Can you think of a more beautiful location to say “I do” than a Florida beach? You can be sure you and your guests will remember this day forever. In general, destination weddings are smaller affairs with fewer guests and tight budgets. The vast majority of newlyweds who choose to get married abroad have a smaller list of guests and a simpler vision of the perfect wedding. Beach wedding ceremonies abroad are typically intimate and more personal. You can book your own ceremony through a ceremony company and choose the best deal for you and your budget.
You have many options in terms of affordable and extravagant wedding packages. If you want a discreet and cozy wedding you can opt for the basic package. Make sure to ask about all the pros and cons of each package in part to make sure you will choose right. In general, small weddings call for a package that includes just the bride and the groom or less than 15 wedding attendants. The facilities include the services of the officiant, consultants or assistants, music and flowers. These are the most popular offers. You can find the same package at different prices in different companies and vendors. The ampler wedding ceremony packages include the officiant, marriage license, decorative items, flower, refreshments and other entertainment options for the party.
Among the most popular venues for ceremonies we mention Miami, Marco Island, Cocoa Beach, Captiva Island, Florida keys and Clearwater Beach. Some companies have offers for only a few of the beaches and resorts available in Florida. Make sure you consult with a company that offers packages for all venues. If you are one of those budget-conscious couples, book with a company that offers extra facilities, like photography, videorgaphy or floral packages. You have to start looking for the best Florida beach venue and package as early as possible.