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Although your wedding day, and the many months leading up to it, are filled with significant moments and copious planning, the heart of the affair is the magic that takes place at the end of the aisle. Your wedding ceremony is that pivotal moment where the next chapter of your life begins; when you step into your marriage. Since you’ve brought your together to witness this special moment, you’ll want to make sure your wedding ceremony is touching, and meaningful with personal twists that make it truly yours.
By the time you get to planning out the details of your wedding ceremony, it’s likely that you and your wedding planner have bonded - to the point that the ceremony is emotional for you planner as well! Brita Olsen, from Brita Olsen Creative, admits that even though she tries to keep a poker face she ends up crying at almost every wedding ceremony she attends. Curious to learn some of the personal twists that get her the most? “When couples write their own vows,” says Olsen, “and I’m a sucker for anything that includes the guests as a whole. For example at one wedding ceremony, the bride’s family surprised the couple with a rendition of ‘Hallelujah,’ but with lyrics changed to pertain to them, and the entire congregation joined in for the chorus. Acapella group singing is a personal fave.”
Because the wedding ceremony is where the true combining of lives formally takes place, we understand that many couples also have to be thoughtful about weaving in multi-faith and multi-cultural elements into their at-the-altar-mix. First and foremost, you’ll want to schedule some tête-à-tête’s with your boo, both sides of the family and your officiant very early on to see how best to create something harmonious and reflective of your two unique perspectives (this applies whether you’re bringing two religions or two cultures - or both- together through your vows). Once you’ve mapped this out with your loved ones, your event planner can jump in with some creative suggestions to bring it all home.