How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Lets give brides some inspiration.  How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?  Or how are you planning to personalize it?

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 2:36 pm
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I incorporated my parents Jewish heratige with a chuppah (wedding structure that the bride and groom get married under)

(this was my inspiration picture)

music is a big part of my life and really important to me.  so i had a lot of music at my wedding.  muisc was playing as the guest were seated.  we had a unity candle and as we were lighing it we had a special song.  after we said our vows we wanted to pray together and have that be the first offical thing we did as a married couple.  while we were praying we had a special song that was written as a prayer.

my dad passed before the wedding, so i had a memorial charm on my wedding bouquet.  i had 2 on  my moms wedding bouquet, one for my dad and one for her mom.  

we have had family friends since i was 3 months old.  i had them as special guests at my wedding and they walked in as part of the wedding party right before the groom walked down the aisle with his parents.  the groom walking down the aisle with his parents is another way i made the ceremony more like a jewish wedding.  my mom walked me down the aisle.  i had planned to have both parents, but i at least had a pic of dad with me down the aisle.

our vows were a little different too: I _____, take you _____ not only to be my husband/wife, but to be my soulmate, my lover, and my best friend, confident in my heart that God has blessed me with his perfect choice for me. I promise to stand by your side as your faithful and loyal support in times of sickness and in times of health, in times of joy and in times of sorrow. I promise you friendship and sincerity. I promise to love, cherish, honor, and respect you... to console you and comfort you during difficult times... to be truthful and honest with you and to trust you in return...to encourage you to achieve your full potential... to laugh and to cry with you, and to love you deeply and completely without condition today, tomorrow, and always. What may come I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold, so I give you my life to keep. This is my solemn vow.

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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Our ceremony was in Jasper National Park, which is where we got engaged and where we celebrated our boy's 1st birthday - it's a very special place for my entire family.

We wrote our own vows - I had to pass the card DH read from around our guests during the meal though because he cried a lot and not many people could hear what he said!! 

I walked down the 'aisle' to Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol (our song), and our only BP were our little boys who were also our ring bearers and stood with DH - it was wonderful walking up to see the 3 of them together!!

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm
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 aw that sounds really nice.

Posted on January 11, 2014 at 4:50 pm
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 That's beautiful. I'm not even sure at this point but thanks for the tips!

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 3:55 am
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 Linnn, I totally recommend putting some thought into it.  I have been to a ton of weddings and the ones that stand out in my mind that I loved were the ones where the bride and groom took the time to make the ceremony personal and not cookie cutter.  If you don't have any ideas, then talk it over with your officant.  If they have been doing weddings for a while they may have seen some really great things.

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 6:08 am
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 I wrote our entire ceremony. It was one of my fav parts of the wedding. I loved doing our own vows too. Check around to PW brides blogs and a lot of ladies have ceremony ideas on there :)

 

The one thing I wish I would have done (thought of it after the fact) was wrap black ribbon around the poles since I LOVE stripes and black and white. Oh well :)

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 8:58 pm
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Beautiful Ceremony Pic!

Posted on January 12, 2014 at 9:19 pm
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I had our dog as the ringbearer, that was probably my favorite part that was really 'us'! And my entire family is really obsessed with the Doobie Brothers (we go to concerts together all the time, well over 200 between all of us!) so I my aunt sing "Listen to the Music" for our Recessional :)

PRO PICS Posed Formal photo 11

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 10:09 am
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We will have a White Dove releaze instead of a unity candle accompanied by a saying read by my sister MOH about how doves mate for life. We will have a table at the reception with photos of my father and his mother who have passed wit candles in their memories. At our ceremony we will have reserved seats for them with a flower in the chair in their memory. My BP and I will walk in to God Blessed the Broken Road
Posted on January 13, 2014 at 11:40 am
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 all these ideas are lovely.  

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm
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We had a church wedding, so there isn't much wiggle room there. I chose some hymns that were not typical, but meant something to us, but that's about it.

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm
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 I love personalizing the ceremony!

My husband walked in to a piano cover of Shadow of the Day by Linkin Park, one of our favorite bands, and I walked down the aisle to Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Prague Philharmonia, as Lion King is his favorite movie :)

We had a monogram on our programs. The groomsmen wore boutounnieres made of vintage hymnal sheet music fashioned into roses. The groom wore his with hydrangea to match my bouquet, and the groomsmen and dad's had mini carnations with theirs. I also carried a necklace my DH gave me in my bouquet, and had the charm hanging out where it could be seen.

We had a canvas guestbook with our last name initial, names, and wedding dates for people to sign, and also had a Bible with our monogram on it for people to underline verses and sign their names next to for us to find and use as encouragement as we read together.

We did the unity cross ceremony as our unity ceremony and wrote personal vows.

For the reception, we laid out my electric guitar case for cards and gifts, as we met and got to know each other playing music. :)

I think that's about it! Search for ideas via pinterest and the web, and incorporate things you love - it turns out perfect! :)

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 10:11 am
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 Promisedgift that sounds lovely!! 

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 10:35 am
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 beautiful pics! i will def add this to the list of things to incorporate.

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 11:55 am
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This is my second marriage, and I have a son who was 13 at the time of my second wedding. It was really important to me for him to walk me down the aisle and "give me away". I didn't want to alienate my dad (especially since my mom gave me away at my first wedding), so I had him ride in the horse-drawn carriage with me, my son, and my sister (my only bridesmaid). And he escorted her to the ceremony entrance.

Our wedding was at a church camp. The ceremony was at an outdoor open-air chapel, which we decorated very minimally. This was in keeping with our rustic, laid-back style.

 

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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At the reception, we served BBQ and had a S'mores station and a homemade cake buffet:

Then at the end, we went for a little country-style photo session at a nearby farm & tractor museum:

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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 aw.  really love these.

Posted on February 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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One couple, friends of mine, recently wrote personal notes and put them on all of the tables to explain "We chose you to be at this table because..." or just saying why each person was important to their lives.  Very personal and moving.

The order of service for their wedding was made by the groom.  The coolest personal touch was this:

 

They got married at the arboretum at Penn State, where they both attended school.  The order of service (bright green and blue and pink, with writing every which way) had a part that said, "If you point this arrow at the couple while they are saying their vows, this OTHER arrow over here will point to the place on the arboretum lawn where we had our first date: a picnic lunch, not thirty feet away from where we stand."

Awwww!

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 10:46 pm
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aw that is great.  love that the wedding was where it all began.

totally off subject, but the arboretum thing reminded me of it.  i know a family that has all chosen to get creamated when they die.  the family gets together and spreads the ashes at a favorite vacation spot and then plants a tree in memorium of their loved one at their local arboretum.  they have several trees planted there now. 

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 1:02 am
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 Krosa, my best friends have done this with a family garden.  It's touching.  A LITTLE creepy to think that grandma might've been in the tomato I just ate, but ... 

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm

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