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Weddings come in all shapes and sizes and the ceremony is one of the most unique and memorable moments throughout the day. Naturally, you want it to be as perfect as possible. To make sure your ceremony goes according to plan, there are a few common wedding ceremony mistakes you should be aware of.
1. Failing to Communicate with Guests. Your wedding ceremony is going to have a start time, so remind your guests what time they need to be seated by. Encouraging guests to find seats ensures nobody is left standing for the entirety of the ceremony. It’s also important to remind guests to turn off their cell phones. The last thing you want is for some crazy ringtone to start playing as you say your vows.
2. Not Communicating with Your Officiant. All too many couples have a first kiss photo with an officiant in the background. Speak to your officiant ahead of time about moving out of the way during the first kiss, giving your photographer a clear shot of you and your partner. Another good reason to keep the lines of communication open with your officiant is to make the ceremony more meaningful. All too often, officiants don’t focus enough on the couple. Your guests want a deeper view of your connection and working with your officiant to shape what’s said during your ceremony can help with this.
3. Forgetting to Get the Rings Ready. Before you head down the aisle, make sure your rings are easily accessible and don’t need to be freed from any unnecessary packaging. This also includes removing any price tags.
4. Failing to Do a Mic Check. If you are planning to use a microphone during your ceremony, make sure it’s checked ahead of time. Technological issues can’t always be avoided but the risk of something going wrong during your ceremony (or before it even starts) can be reduced.
5. Not Looking at Each Other. When you’re wrapped up in what your officiant is saying, you may forget to look at each other. Make a point of looking at your partner as much as possible during the ceremony. Not only does it make the moment more special, but your photographer can get some romantic shots too.
As the final chords of your wedding ceremony reverberate in the air, you’ll want to remember every moment as a harmonious blend of love, joy, and flawless execution. By sidestepping these five common wedding ceremony mistakes – maintaining open communication with your officiant, practicing for perfection, prioritizing comfort, keeping the guest experience in mind, and embracing flexibility – you’re ensuring that your journey into marital bliss begins on the most enchanting note. Your love story deserves nothing less than a ceremony that shines as brightly as your hearts do. Planning your ceremony doesn’t need to be complicated, it just helps to be aware of a few small details to avoid these common wedding ceremony mistakes.