Congratulations on your engagement and welcome to the world of wedding planning! Your wedding ceremony is one of the most special times on your wedding day. This is where you get to make your commitments to one another and really celebrate your love with your nearest and dearest. It’s a pretty significant part of the day and a wonderful spot to add meaningful moments. If you are looking for creative ways to personalise your wedding ceremony, you’re in the right place! We’ve gathered 12 really special ways you can personalise your wedding ceremony, as done by real couples!
Ditch the traditions
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but you don’t have to wear a white dress. You also don’t have to have your dad walk you down the aisle. You should only do those things if you want to! A fab way to personalise your wedding ceremony is to pick only the traditions that work for you and then ditch the rest. Here are some fun ideas for offbeat couples.
Photographer: Laura Mc Photography
Welcome your guests with a cocktail as they arrive for your wedding ceremony! If it’s a morning ceremony, consider serving coffee instead. Check out these drinks stations.
T2 Coffee Van
Write your own vows
One of the most obvious ways to personalise your wedding ceremony is to write your own vows! This is where you can declare your love for your partner using your own words. We wrote this post filled with helpful tips and cute things you could include in your vows.
Wedding location: Castello di Montignano | Photographer: Andrea Cittadini
Include friends who can’t be there
There are lots of ways to include friends who can’t be there. Livestream your wedding so they can watch (read more about that here) or display photos of them!
Paul Duane Photography
Get your friends involved
When appropriate, ask your friends to be involved. In case this needs to be said, we’re not suggesting that you ask friends to take on tasks so that you don’t have to pay a professional. Rather, include friends in a meaningful way that will personalise your wedding ceremony. Ask your bestie to officiate, give your mam a reading, invite your cousins to be ushers, or get your musical friend to sing a song.
Photographer: Daniel James | Planner: Marry Me Cyprus
Change the ceremony structure
Feel free to change the ceremony structure! You could weave your way through your guests as you walk down the aisle. Or perhaps you’d like to create a seating plan that works for you, depending on how many guests you’ve invited.
Wedding location: The Station House, Kilmessan | Photographer: Renata Dapsyte Photography
Page boy and flower girl
If you are having a page boy and flower girl, give them something cute and personalised to wear or hold! A simple balloon, a funny sign or a unique outfit that suits your wedding theme.
Wedding location: Glasson Lakehouse Athlone | Photographer: Alex Zaradov Photography
We love the idea of having hidden, meaningful details! Sure, not everybody will see them, but you’ll know they’re there. Things like a bouquet charm with your wedding date or a photo of a loved one are special little details you could include.
Photographer: Susan Jefferies Photography | Flowers: Floral Affairs
Include your furry friends
Anybody who adores their pet will understand why so many couples want to find ways to include their furry friends in their wedding. We think this is a fabulous way to personalise your wedding ceremony.
Wedding location: Ceremony in Malahide Castle | Photographer: Keith Gordon Photography
Personalise your wedding ceremony with beautiful, personalised decor. Weave words that are special to you into your signs or aisle runner!
Wedding location: Kilkea Castle | Photographer: Roz from Couple Photography | Decorator: Elderwoods Wedding Decor
Hire an artist or illustrator to capture your wedding ceremony! Not only will this add a personal touch to the day, but you’ll have a gorgeous piece of art to display in your home afterwards.
A unity ceremony is a beautiful way to symbolise two lives becoming one. We’ve created a list of meaningful unity ceremony ideas which you can check out here.
Photographer: We are soulful – Tony Thompson
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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.