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How To Plan A Successful Wedding Ceremony

Don’t underestimate planning your wedding ceremony - there’s way more to it than just showing up and saying “I do.” So, read on for what to do and what not to do so that you can focus on the really important part—your vows!


Get to know your officiant ahead of time.

This is the person who is going to lead you through the emotional commitment that you are embarking on, so it's crucial that they're someone whom you both trust and are comfortable with. If you follow this guideline your ceremony will feel far more personalised without any last-minute 'what next' panic attacks.

Ensure that your ceremony and reception venue are relatively close

Keeping your ceremony space in close proximity to your reception venue is the easiest way to cut costs and simplify your planning. Confirm 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 the pre-dinner drinks.

Be considerate of time when you're getting ready

From your hair and makeup to photos and travel, there is so much to do before your actual ceremony begins. In some cases, you only have the ceremony space for a limited amount of time and you definitely don't want your guests waiting on you.

We suggest you plan for two and a half (or more depending on your bridal entourage) scheduled hours for getting ready and photographs.

Spend wisely on entrance flowers and decor

To save on décor costs, opt to decorate the high impact areas like your aisle as these areas will draw the most attention on your big day. Then use the rest of your floral/decor budget on the entrance, chairs and of course the ceiling of your venue (if necessary).

Offer comfortable seating

One of the most important things for your ceremony is comfortable seating. If your seats are comfy, your guests will solely focus on enjoying your wedding experience in all its beauty. It could be with adding bright cushions to your church pews or exchanging wobbly plastic folding chairs for something a little stronger and eye-pleasing.

Don't forget the spacing between chairs, so your guests have enough wriggle room.

Focus on the real reasons

Remember, this day is all about you and your incredible partner. Don't lose focus by entering your ceremony venue and looking through the crowds to see who managed to pitch and who didn't. Focus solely on your beautiful partner, who is waiting at the front for you, and spending the rest of your lives together.

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