There is a lot that goes into answering the question, “When should our wedding ceremony start?” For starters you should hire a wedding planner or wedding coordinator who will help you decide when your wedding day timeline. I’m going to recommend you start at 3:30 p.m., but read on to see all that goes into making the decision.Read More
Over the years, I’ve officiated many secular (non-religious) weddings that incorporated Jewish wedding traditions. It’s worked out really well because I happened to have done the same thing in my own wedding in 2006. We had a birch tree huppah with a covering hand-embroidered by my mother, it was beautiful. We also conducted a simple wine ceremony during the proceedings and then concluded our wedding ceremony with a few quiet moments alone. All of these elements happen to come from the Jewish tradition.Read More
Let me start by saying, I love wedding programs, but maybe not for the reason you think. Sure, it’s nice to see who is involved in the ceremony and how the ceremony will unfold, but my main reason for liking programs is that they serve many purposes. One purpose is, of course, to list out the couple getting married and their wedding party (and even sometimes the wedding officiant).Read More
In my experience as a professional wedding officiant, adding a unity ceremony into your wedding ceremony is a wonderful way to bring the ceremony to a close. It’s usually an element that symbolizes your union and commemorates your marriage. There are many different ways to do this and you’re only limited by your imagination! I encourage my couples who want to include an element like this in their wedding ceremony to find one or create one that is meaningful to them. This offers another opportunity to personalize their wedding.Read More
Have you heard of the ring warming ceremony? It’s absolutely one of my favorite traditions for your wedding! It’s very easy to do and works every time.Read More
Your wedding ceremony marks one of the most important moments in your life. You’ll want to spend time with your officiant working on the structure and flow of the ceremony to make sure it’s well paced. When people talk about boring wedding ceremonies, they’re usually talking aboutRead More
I recently officiated a wedding where the guests were asked to turn off all devices during the ceremony. I supported the idea of unplugged weddings before this, but not until I experienced it first-hand did I understand the power of guests putting down the camera during the wedding ceremony. Everyone focused their energy and attention on the bride and groom. Seeing all those faces, which are normally hidden behind camera screens, brought such life to the ceremony. It truly felt like each person there was a witness, which is exactly why they were invited in the first place.
Just in case you needed them, here are the top five reasons to have an unplugged ceremony:
- Guests' total attention and focus on the ceremony.
- Photographers will get beautiful shots without having to crop out phones.
- Processional shots not ruined by guests leaning into the aisle.
- Energy and mood of the ceremony improved (trust me on this one!).
- Smiling faces of your friends and family looking up you.
Check out these photos to see how beautiful an unplugged wedding ceremony can be. All photos by Greta Tucker Photography.
At the end of the ceremony, I announced that it was time for everyone to take out their cameras, and start taking photos. We gave the guests time to get a few shots. It worked so well! The photo below is from the photo opp.
WHAT WEDDING OFFICIANTS DO
- Offer advice on how to apply for the marriage license
- Make referrals to other wedding professionals they know and trust
- Listen to you describe the wedding ceremony you want
There are so many different ways that your wedding officiant can introduce you to your guests at the end of the ceremony. It used to always be the very traditional: Mr. and Mrs. Alec Baldwin, but nowadays couples have many options for how they get introduced. I love tradition, but it doesn't always work, especially for same-sex couples or couples who are keeping their last names. So, I've put together a list of sample introductions.Read More