So… you’ve just got engaged and you can’t wait to start planning your dream wedding, but how do you keep the magic of a wedding in all its ceremony while also making sure it’s individual to you?
Stepping into the world of wedding planning can be as daunting as it is exciting. You want your special day to reflect you and your love story, but are unsure how to navigate the pressure & expectations of “tradition”. I’ve seen it time and again.
So, how do you stay true to your wedding dreams and put a personal twist on “tradition”? Let’s dive into it.
1. Hand tying:
This beautiful Celtic tradition is where we literally get the phrase “tying the knot.” Choose ribbons that hold personal significance to create a physical representation of your bond. It’s a beautiful ritual that not only puts a unique twist on your ceremony but also remains with you as a symbol of your vows.
2. Anniversary time capsule:
Imagine a ritual that grows with your marriage. Write heartfelt letters to each other and seal them in a box with a bottle of wine. On each anniversary, open it to reveal the memories and replace them for the next year. It’s a lovely way to keep your individual tradition going throughout the years, not just on your wedding day.
3. First Look:
Increasingly popular, the “first look” is for those who want to share an intimate moment before the ceremony. It’s an intimate exchange that can calm nerves and allow you to savour the first sight of each other without an audience.
From a practical standpoint, it also allows you to capture couple’s photos early so you can immerse yourself fully in the celebrations later.
4. Candle lighting:
This is something we see in lots of different ceremonies. It’s a lovely way to pull the more traditional elements in without too much fuss. Also, by inviting significant people in your life to light a candle, you’re symbolically igniting the warmth of your community’s support on your journey.
5. Ring Warming:
Something I’m seeing more and more is the tradition of ring warning. It’s simple and again a lovely way to include you loved ones in you ceremony. All you have to do is get the congregation to pass around the rings, allowing each person to bless the rings and the marriage before handing them to the next.
Just make sure a trusted friend keeps track so they make their way back safely!
6. Writing your own vows:
I absolutely love this one. It’s something the more traditional weddings can miss. There’s something incredibly moving about couples reciting their own vows. Whether you opt for a few sentences, a favourite poem, or a snippet of lyrics, speaking from the heart ensures a moment that is 100% unique to you and creates a memory for all who are there. I promise there won’t be a dry eye in the room… including mine!
Your Wedding, Your Way!
At the end of the day, your wedding is about you and your love story. These suggestions are merely starting points. Whether you borrow from tradition or invent new customs, the key is that your day feels true to who you are together.
For more personalised wedding advice or to find out how to capture these moments forever, wander over to my blog or let’s connect on Instagram. Together, let’s bring your wedding dreams to life!