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The Wedding Ceremony DO LIST

Arrange an officiant early as this is the person who’s going to lead you through the emotional commitment you’re making, so it’s crucial they’re someone whom you’re completely comfortable with.

Keeping your ceremony space close to or at your reception venue is the easiest way to cut costs (on venue rental, transportation, and even photography and videography), simplify your planning and cut down on logistics, like figuring out how your entire wedding party is going to get from the ceremony to the cocktail hour (not to mention all the guests). Book a ceremony venue that’s nearby or at the same place as your reception and you’ll have more time for things like photos and mingling with your guests at cocktail hour.

If guests are comfortable, they’ll be able to focus on just enjoying your ceremony, which sets the vibe for the rest of the day. That might mean adding colorful cushions to your church pews or exchanging wobbly plastic folding chairs for something sturdier. Think about the setup too—there should be enough space between chairs and rows, so guests have some leg and elbow room.

If guests are comfortable, they’ll be able to focus on just enjoying your ceremony, which sets the vibe for the rest of the day. That might mean adding colorful cushions to your church pews or exchanging wobbly plastic folding chairs for something sturdier. Think about the setup too—there should be enough space between chairs and rows, so guests have some leg and elbow room.

Including cultural customs that are meaningful to you as a couple is a great way to personalize your ceremony, but it will be hard for your guests to feel included if they have no idea what’s going on, like if you’re putting your own spin on the unity candle or reciting a reading in another language. A note in the program explaining the traditions you’ve chosen is all you need to help guests follow along.

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