For today’s blog I am going to pass you over to Martina of Wonderful Events who has written a blog about personalising your wedding ceremony.
Any wedding is a very individual affair – the taste of the Bride is crucial and time keeping of the Groom necessary. Getting the perfect look and feel to the wedding ceremony and wedding reception is pretty much easy sailing as girls usually have an idea long before boys have put the ring on it!
While you may have your wedding day pictured perfectly in your mind, it is important to understand the legalities surrounding the day. As you know, you will pretty much have free reign with choosing a dreamy place with an amazing setting for your wedding reception, but with the wedding ceremony, you may be stopped by the legalities. Ironically, the most important part of your wedding – where you make your life lasting promises – is the most inflexible!
So, what are the legalities?
A UK marriage ceremony must be performed by an authorised person and be witnessed by two people. This means couples have to choose between an approved religious ceremony, a registry office ceremony or registrar who will come to the wedding at a licensed venue. This 20 minute ceremony will have a set text where only names are exchanged from wedding to wedding. Not very personal nor very meaningful and for a substantial amount of money – especially if you wished to get married on a Saturday.
But of course it doesn’t have to be this way – the wedding ceremony can definitely have a personal touch. For example, you and your partner are able to choose where and who will officiate your wedding; a religious ceremony, office ceremony or registrar? Furthermore, as mentioned you need two witnesses, however this doesn’t mean you can’t have anymore – your guests! Lastly, vows can be personalised to your and your partner’s relationship. Nobody should dictate what your special day should look and feel like.
Hi, my name is Martina and I am a Wedding Celebrant from Warwickshire.
I travel to meet couples and make their perfect ceremony come true by writing and officiating their own bespoke one.
Be it sunrise, sunset, the countryside, the beach or under a blossom tree. You could have the beautiful setting you always dreamed of when whispering your chosen vows to each other.
A perfect love affair – Your perfect day!