If you want to plan the perfect wedding ceremony you will just have to follow a number of logical steps that will lead to a wonderful event. Those steps are not difficult at all to complete as long as you are willing to accept help from those around you and you have a pretty good idea regarding the type of wedding ceremony that you would like to have.
You should start by choosing the music and the readings that will be part of the event because these two elements are the main factors of influence when it comes to the atmosphere set. That means you will have to choose meaningful songs for each and every event of the ceremony. Also important is to make sure the song played during the Unity Candle event says something about both the bride’s and groom’s family. If you make the right choices you will be able to impress with an emotional event that will leave no eye dry. When it comes to the readings, you should use as inspiration The Bible, poetry or a novel that you really like. Just make sure the passages you select speak about love and commitment.
It’s also important to go through the wedding ceremony details with the officiant and make sure he/she looks at the ceremony the same way you do. You can even have the officiant include in his/her opening comments the short version of the story that brought the two of you together. When looking at the ceremony’s structure you should focus especially on the exchange of vows because this is the event that truly impresses at a wedding. That’s why you should think hard and determine if it’s best to write your own vows or go with one of the traditional versions available. After you make your choice you should make sure the officiant is ok with it.
Don’t forget about customizing the event so that it can match your personality and expectations while still being of religious nature. You should start by personalizing the runner. That’s extremely easy to do: you should simply print a monogram in its center. I also recommend you to put together wedding ceremony programs that tell the story of your love while highlighting the most important events of the ceremony. You can even include a poem that you really like. Not to mention the importance of including in the ceremony a family tradition. You can decide to wear something that all previous generations have worn on their wedding day or follow a special type of ritual that’s important for your family.
If you are planning on getting married in the Cincinnati area, you should know that you will be able to easily find for the wedding ceremony a church as well as an amazing location that makes available outdoor as well as indoor wedding ceremony spaces. That means the only thing you will have to do is be ready to make a choice. Here are a few of the Cincinnati wedding reception venues that I think you should definitely consider.
I must start by mentioning the Glendale New Church that impresses with an historical air as well as with serenity and sacred spaces. To a wedding ceremony held in this location you will be able to invite a maximum of 110 guests. In addition, you will be able to make sure they are impressed by the beauty of the location as well as by the beauty of the service by taking advantage of the counseling and the coordinator made available in exchange for a modest fee.
The Garden Park Unity Church is another exciting Cincinnati wedding venue that should be considered by all the couples interested in a non-denominational wedding. Your holy union will have the chance to be hosted either by the beautiful sanctuary available or by the outdoor gazebo that’s just as exciting. It’s all up to you and the expectations you have when it comes to your wedding day. What you can be sure is that the spiritual wedding ceremony held in this location will fill you up with joy and peace.
If you are interested in unique locations, perfect for both your Cincinnati wedding ceremony and reception, you should start by considering the Centennial barn. This elegant wedding venue is also spacious and has been recently renovated so that it impresses with its old building charm as well as with some contemporary details. You should also know that this wedding location makes available the St. Clare Chapel that has been around since 1895. That means you will be able to have any type of wedding ceremony of your interest.
For those of you passionate about unique wedding settings I recommend the Cincinnati Museum Center. This building impresses especially with the historic Art Deco masterpiece accommodated under its roof. Also spectacular are the private dining rooms made available and the exhibit spaces that you will find perfect for the wedding ceremony as well as for the reception or a stunning rehearsal dinner. In this location you will also benefit from a generous parking space and an in-house caterer. Not to mention that you will be able to invite up to 400 guests.
Capturing their wedding on camera is important for couples, so they are always ready to make available a generous budget. That means as a photographer you have the chance to always have clients if you get your skills ready for taking artistic shots at emotional weddings. That’s why I put together a list of wedding ceremony photography tips that will also be useful for the couples who want to have a friend passionate about photography help them capture their wedding on camera.
First of all you should find out everything there is to know about the wedding ceremony venue involved. If it’s a church you will notice that the list of restrictions that apply is much longer. You even need to determine if you are allowed to use flash or not. There are many churches that don’t allow the use of flash because they feel that the flash will attract the attention of the guests who will no longer be as involved in the service.
Also important is to make sure you don’t miss the bride’s arrival. In fact you should be ready to capture any special arrival because the job of a photographer is to capture all the special wedding day events on camera. In addition, in order to make sure you perfectly capture the arrival of the bride you should examine the weather, the sun’s position, the side that the bride will use in order to get out of her transportation vehicle and the best spots for taking the perfect pictures.
After the wedding party gets in place and you make sure you take plenty of photos as the bride walks down the aisle, you should make sure during the ceremony that starts you take the photos of interest while not bothering the guests. In addition, no matter if you are a professional photographer or one of the couple’s friends willing to help out you should avoid serving any alcoholic drinks. That’s because otherwise the results of your work will be negatively affected. If you are a friend of the couple you should start partying only after you manage to capture all the events that the bride and the groom have interest in.
I also recommend you to examine the wedding ceremony venue in detail and make sure you are aware of the areas where you can go and the areas that are off limits. Also important is to be aware of the ceremony’s length. That’s because you need to determine how fast you need to move in order to take all the shots of interest.
If you want to be a master of ceremonies, you should know that in a wedding this individual has a very specific set of responsibilities. In addition, the master of ceremonies is usually a person that’s not included in the wedding party but is knowledgeable when it comes to the families of the bride and groom. So, if you have been asked by your friends to be their master of ceremonies or for some reason you really want to be a master of ceremonies, you should keep in mind the list of responsibilities associated with this wedding role.
First of all, you will have to announce the wedding party. That means as the bridesmaids and groomsmen enter the wedding reception venue you will have to announce their presence and get ready to emphasis the arrival of the bride and groom. The master of ceremonies is also expected to mark the presence of the couple’s parents and the arrival of certain closer friends and family members. In addition, after the bride and groom enter the venue it’s time to declare the party officially started.
During the wedding reception the responsibilities of the master of ceremonies are as important because he/she is supposed to let the guests know of the beginning of each and every important event included in the reception. That’s because the bride and the groom need someone in charge of making sure the guests don’t fail to attend some of the most spectacular and fun events of the day. So, you will have to stay alert and be ready to announce the special dances of the night as well as the beginning of the dinner, the throwing of the bouquet and the cake cutting event. Also important is to make announcements that will ensure the comfort of the guests, so a great master of ceremonies also needs to provide bathroom location and parking information.
Toasts are also important for a wedding reception, so the MC has the role to organize even those events. That’s why before the wedding he/she should discuss with all those who will be delivering speeches and come up with a schedule that will helps the guests to efficiently deliver their speeches. Before each speech the master of ceremonies is also supposed to announce the name of the speaker.
One of the last duties of a master of ceremonies involves announcing the departure of the bride and groom. When the couple leaves the party, the guests will definitely feel the need to accompany them, so they need to be aware of the event.
If the two individuals interested in getting married have children from previous marriages, they should consider involving these younger members of their family in the wedding ceremony. The only problem is that children are unpredictable by nature, so you need to make sure their part is age appropriate and comfortable from all points of view. Here are a few advices meant to help you take the right decision.
For instance, if the children are older you should consider integrating them in the bridal party. That means you should assign them the role of junior bridesmaid or groomsman. If you decide to that you should purchase for them outfits similar to those of the bridal party and make sure they get involved in the wedding just as much as the other bridesmaids and groomsmen. You should keep them away only from the bridal shower and the bachelor and bachelorette parties if you plan on enjoying such events.
You can also ask an older child to be the reader of the ceremony. In this case he/she will simply have to read a beautiful passage about love and family. However, if the child is shy you shouldn’t force him to be a reader. Instead, you should ask him/her to escort the bride down the aisle or play the role of an usher. Helping guests to find their seats can prove to be entertaining for an active child. If the young family members that you are trying to ingrate are not old enough to play the role of an usher, for instance, you should consider asking them to be the flower girl, the ring bearer or the bouquet holder. These are tasks that even smaller children can deal with while having fun.
There are also plenty of decisions that you can and should take in order to make sure the younger members of your family are comfortable during the wedding. First of all, you should consider assigning a helper for each one of the kids. Such a person will make sure the child gets on time to all the events and is entertained and supervised in the same time. I also recommend you to not force the children to keep on their formal wedding ceremony attire during the reception. So, at the wedding reception you should allow them to change in more comfortable clothes so that they can run around and eat without ruining their formal attire. If the child gets the role of the reader or of the person walking the bride down the aisle it’s also important to build up his/her confidence by practicing a few times.
Lutheran weddings are not all the same because this religion includes three main branches. The opinion that all branches share is that a wedding is in essence a worship service. That’s why during a Lutheran wedding ceremony you will notice that the officiant praises God while sanctifying the union of the two persons interested in sharing their destinies for eternity.
I must also let you know that every Lutheran wedding starts with a prelude that impresses with hymns and instrumental music. After the prelude, the guests and the couple will enjoy the processional. What comes next depends on the Lutheran branch to which you belong because the order of service is not the same in the case of every church. The pastor is the main person influencing the character of the wedding, so will have to discuss the specifics with him. What’s always included is a worship service that involves the usual parental consent and an opening prayer. The ceremony also benefits from some special scripture readings that are usually shorter than the readings that are usually read on Sundays.
After these readings, the pastor will deliver the wedding sermon that can be more or less personalized depending on how well the pastor knows the couple in front of him. This sermon is definitely most impressive when the pastor knows the couple and can include in his sayings the life experience of the two lovers. As expected, a Lutheran wedding ceremony also includes the exchange of vows that just like in the case of other wedding ceremonies can involve traditional vows or personalized vows. If you choose personalized vows you should discuss the matter with the pastor in order to make sure the style you approach is suitable for the occasion.
After the vows are exchanged, you will also enjoy the usual blessing and exchange of the rings. This event involves the reciting of some special words by the pastor and the actual placement of the rings on the couple’s fingers. After this emotional event is over the pastor will pronounce the couple married and will be the first person to officially congratulate them.
You should also know that prayers are extremely important for a Lutheran wedding. They are associated with each special event of the wedding and are usually dedicated to God and Jesus who are asked to bless the marriage of the couple. Also important is the type of music you choose, so you should focus on finding Christian wedding songs that are considered appropriate by the Lutheran church.
When it comes to Greek weddings and traditions, you should know that most of the times those traditions are filled with religious symbolism. If you are interested in discovering more about the traditions that mark the elements of a Greek Orthodox wedding you should take a look below.
For instance, every Greek wedding ceremony is marked by the Holy Trinity symbol that’s used to add significance to the wedding ceremony stages involved. This symbol is also the reason why certain gestures are repeated three times. Also traditional is the Stefana. This Stefana is usually made from floral wreaths or metal and displays in the back a ribbon. During a traditional Greek wedding ceremony this Stefana is placed on the couple’s heads and is the symbol, of God’s blessings. These crowns are also connected by a ribbon so that they can stand for the bond that the couple will share for the rest of their lives.
You should also know that, traditionally, a Greek wedding ceremony includes two parts. The first of the two is the Service of Betrothal that involves the exchange of wedding rings blessed by the priest. This first part is followed by the Sacrament of Marriage when beautifully decorated candles are lighted and held by the Koumbaros. During this entire second part the couple is supposed to hold hands and pay attention to the religious readings involved. The climax of this second part is represented by the consumption of wine and the three times that the couple surrounds the altar led by the priest. It’s then time to remove the Stefana and declare the couple married.
The traditions that define a Greek wedding ceremony also continue during the reception when the couple enjoys traditional music and food by the side of numerous guests. At a Greek wedding you will always see plenty of wine and a variety of dishes and desserts tempting on beautifully decorated tables. There are also plenty of traditional dances involved. For instance, the “Circle dance” is usually part of every Greek wedding reception and involves two circles that surround the happy couple. As the circles and the couple continue dancing plates are broken and money is thrown at the ones performing the entertaining music. Breaking plates is actually considered the equivalent of wishing the couple to have good luck in their marriage. I must also mention that Greek weddings use as wedding favors candy-coated almonds always delivered in an even number as a sign of the couple’s unity. Fertility and abundance are also part of every Greek wedding through the breaking of a pomegranate.
If you are getting ready to tie the knot, you should know that the etiquette that applies to the wedding ceremony is pretty strict. So, before starting to make any special plans you should make sure you are aware of the basics. To help you, I’ve put together a list of the details that I find most important.
You should start by considering the seating. The etiquette says that at a Christian wedding ceremony envisioned to be a formal event, you should seat all the bride’s family members and friends on the left side. That leaves the right side for the groom’s family and friends. Also important to keep in mind is that the front rows need to be reserved for the immediate family and the special persons in your life. In addition, they should be heavily embellished with ribbons and flower arrangements. At a Jewish wedding ceremony the situation is pretty similar. The main difference is that the parents stand another the huppa, so the first row is reserved for the grandparents and siblings. In addition, this time the bride’s guests go on the right side and not on the left side.
About the procession I can tell you that at a Christian wedding ceremony it doesn’t begin until the officiant is in place as well as the groom and the best man. Afterwards, it’s time for the procession to begin with the ushers or directly with the bridesmaids. The bridesmaids need to be followed by the maid of honor, the ring bearer and the flower girl. Last to enter is the bride that should be escorted by her dad. The father needs to walk on the right side. At a Jewish wedding ceremony the procession is a little different because the parents and the grandparents of the couple are also a part of it. In addition, the rabbi is usually the one leading the procession.
When the bridal party gets to the altar, its members are supposed to get organized. In the case of a Christian wedding ceremony that involves diagonal lines formed by the groomsmen and the bridesmaids in the vicinity of the bride and groom. Each diagonal starts with the most important persons, the maid of honor and the best man, respectively, who will also have to face the officiant the moment the bride arrives to the altar. The flower girl and the ring bearer are supposed to simply place themselves in front of the attendants. Things are simpler at a Jewish ceremony because the wedding party needs to simply find places under the huppa.
If you are interested in getting married in a romantic setting, you should know that Northern Virginia has plenty of interesting ceremony sites to offer. To prove my point I actually took the time to put together a list of the most interesting options that are likely to catch your attention.
First on the list is Waterford at Springfield. This facility impresses with a grand entrance and a beautiful fountain that adds more elegance and charm to the banquet rooms available. That means you will be able to have in this location both your wedding reception and your wedding ceremony. That’s because the outdoor spaces look beautiful while the venue’s cooks ensure quality food matched by great service. You should also know that this venue makes available a wide variety of packages, so you will definitely be able to find one that’s budget-friendly. For instance, if you’re interested in a buffet wedding package you will be able to pay even as little as $52 per person. What’s also nice is that most of the packages include a cocktail hour as well as an open bar.
The Black Horse Inn should also be on your list, especially if you want your wedding to be more than a one-day affair. That’s because this wedding venue can be easily transformed into a relaxing weekend for you and your guests. You should also know that you will be able to have the wedding ceremony both indoors and outdoors and invite to it up to 200 guests. Most suitable for a romantic wedding ceremony scheduled to take place during spring or summer are the various gazebo and boxwood gardens that define this venue. The prices are affordable and vary based on the level of service you are interested in. You will just have to make sure you call with months in advance in order to make sure the property is available.
Crystal Gate Marriott should also be on your list of Northern Virginia wedding ceremony venues. This is the advice that I am giving to all the couples interested in a modern and convenient wedding. You will be able to have the ceremony in the beautiful and light-filled atrium and continue the celebration in one of the ballrooms or salons available. Either way, you will be able to have the wedding of your dreams in an indoor location that offers room for up to 2100 guests. When it comes to prices, you should know that for a package that includes a 3-course meal as well as the usual cocktail hour you will pay up to $134 per person.
Those of you who are interested in Native American wedding ceremonies should know that such ceremonies are all about tradition. That’s why they tend to be spectacular and meaningful. If you are interested in more details, you should take a look below and let yourself inspired by traditions that have been around for decades.
One of the events part of every Native American wedding ceremony is the Rite of Seven Steps. This rite is actually a special type of ceremony that involves a sacred fire. To complete it the couple will have to take exactly seven steps around the mentioned fire. Those steps also need to be taken clockwise and accompanied by vows. The ceremony is always started by the groom. Just like his bride he will take a step, stop and then impress his future wife with a vow. There are also cases when each step is accompanied by a present. Those presents need to symbolize something, so they are usually a corn that’s associated with fertility or a stone that stands for strength.
As expected, a Native American wedding ceremony also includes the usual exchange of rings. This is not one of the ancient rituals involved by this type of ceremony but its popularity and symbolism are undeniable, so you will definitely be happy to make it part of your wedding ceremony.
More traditional is the blanket ceremony that involves covering both the bride and the groom in a blue blanket. Each blanket is the symbol of the hardships that affected their previous lives. As the ceremony advances, the blue blankets are replaced by one single white blanket that stays in place until the end of the ceremony, being a symbol of the couple’s union.
Another interesting ritual involved by a Native American wedding ceremony is the Fire Ritual. This is a ceremony that most couples decide to use because it’s romantic and filled with meaning. To have this ceremony, you will have to create a circle of fires based on stones and no more and no less than seven wood types. In the middle of that fire you will have to light a main fire and two smaller fires that symbolize the lives of the groom and his bride. As prayers are read the two smaller fires are pushed towards the larger fire until they blend with it. It’s a symbol of the couple’s choice to unite their destinies for eternity.
What’s left for you to do is decide which one of these Native American wedding traditions are of your interest and plan ahead.