Tips and Advice

The moment you say “I do”

The entire day is happening because you two lovebirds decided to say “I do!” We can guarantee that the ceremony around how to say those words has been on your mind. We’d love to help you with your brainstorming process around how to make this moment special and unique to who you are together.

The Celebrant or Officiant

The person who facilitates the first steps you take together into married life is definitely a person you both want to have a connection with and feel confident about. Some couples like to find a family member or friend who has (or can get) the necessary credentials to marry them. There is a lot to be said for hiring a professional, however! Think about it. This is literally the most important moment of your day and celebration…you want to make sure it’s executed confidently and beautifully. If you like the idea of connecting with a local professional that has experience, there are both religious and secular options. Depending on what you’d like to share in those moments, lean on whomever you’ve chosen to help guide your process. For those still searching, a couple of spectacular local celebrants and officiants are Penny Carter Celebrant and Jon Turino.

Symbolic elements

For some, it’s important to share a symbolic joining together in front of their loved ones. Some ideas for this are the warming of rings, lighting the candle, pouring colored sand or even building a time capsule for a future anniversary. Some families have traditional elements they like to include as well. Others include family members to take part in readings or blessings.

The ceremony can take shape in many ways. There are also very moving traditional ceremonies for those that would rather keep to a less custom process. In any case, we hope you will find the ceremony style that will give you both the space to share your love with those closest in your world.

Featured images by Hazelwood Photo.

This Tips & Advice piece was submitted by Ema Hadziselimovic, a trusted local wedding professional and talented writer.