I do! We do!
Posted: Monday, Feb. 04, 2013
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Sheri Riley is currently seeking a post-graduate degree in Invasive Cardiology. She enjoys sports and spending time outside with her fiance, Jeff, and their two dogs, Lola and Cami. She is getting married October 12, 2013. Contact Sheri here.
Jeff and I were both raised Catholic, so naturally, I thought that I would always marry in a Catholic Church with an 1-1 ½ long Catholic ceremony. Meh.
Good ole Catholic girls will understand me on this one when I say that the Catholic Church often makes their potential brides and grooms jump through a million hoops before getting the go-ahead. We are newer to the area so we havent been with a congregation for more than a year whomp. We live together whomp whomp. We found it hard to get marriage advice from a priest whos never been married whomp whomp whomp. The more we thought and talking about it, the more we felt that maybe church wedding wasnt for us. Dont get me wrong, we love the big man upstairs and our Catholic-ness, we just really wanted to get married outside, with him watching over and not so many rules (which many churches DO offer we just couldnt find that perfect fit).
So with the freedom to essentially do whatever we want during the ceremony (Jeff regrettably said no to the circus entertainers idea), we are able to personalize our wedding ceremony down to every last detail. Looking to do the same? Heres some ways to help make your wedding ceremony unique:
1. Have both parents walk you down the aisle. They both raised you so let them both give you away. Unless your mom is like my mom in which case she may need to be heavily sedated to avoid crying her eyeballs out.2. Dont have bridesmaids. Maybe just have a best man and maid of honor. It sure does take the stress out of bridesmaids dress shopping! You also avoid hurting peoples feelings.3. Have pre-ceremony cocktails. Let people mingle and have a signature drink before the I dos4. Dont wear a veil. Maybe youre getting married on the beach. Awesome! Try a birdcage to help avoid the dreaded blowing veil syndrome.5. Write your own vows. LOVE!6. Use unconventional music. Have a favorite song that describes you two to a tee? PLAY IT! Youll be surprised at how many ceremony musicians love playing modern music in a classical form.
There are a lot of ways to make the ceremony unique. Remember its the whole reason everyone came to party afterward!
World peace and skinny jeans,
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