My husband and I have had the honor of teaming up to officiate and coordinate three wedding ceremonies this summer! When Dave was asked to officiate his first wedding three years ago I did not imagine it would become a regular occurrence but as he officiated his sixth wedding this weekend I was impressed. I have also had so much fun crafting and executing ceremonies that tell each couple's unique story and hopes for their future. Each wedding has been so distinct and special to be a part of!
Here are 5 unique ideas that were incorporated into these ceremonies that we loved and just had to share!
5. Duet Vows
Just because one or both of you are not comfortable writing your vows does not mean they should be less personal. Marissa and Steve compiled their vows together and then as a symbol of their individuality alternated (repeating after the officiant) each line. It was beautiful to hear their voices incorporated together and painted a beautiful picture of their lives complimenting each other.
4. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Ring Exchange
We took a page from the Duck Dynasty book and used 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 as the ring exchange, having the bride and groom alternate lines. It was such a unique way to incorporate the verse (...and I've been dying to use it since I saw the episode!).
3. Wine and Love Letter in a Box
The wine and love letter ceremony is a beautiful, modern unity ceremony. The bride and groom write love letters to each other (most often prior to the ceremony, however we did a really small ceremony where the couple wrote a quick love letter to each other about how they were feeling in the moment) and seal them. During the ceremony they place these letters, along with a special bottle of wine in a wooden box and either nail or lock it shut together, creating their own romantic time capsule. On their 5th wedding anniversary they are to open it, read the letters and enjoy the wine together.
2. Including kids in unity ceremony (sand, unity candle)
If you are blending a family, the unity ceremony is a great place to incorporate the kids into the ceremony. The sand and candle ceremony are very classic unity ceremonies that easily incorporate additional people.
1. Throwing Lavender
Rather than rice or bubbles, Kayla and Dan were showered in lavender as they walked back down the aisle at the end of the ceremony! It smells so wonderful and it's a very eco friendly way to shower the bride and groom with love.
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What unique elements did you have as a part of your wedding ceremony or have you seen that you love!? We would love to hear, comment below!