Bridal Club Magazine
happily ever after
With the myriad of decisions that need to be made by the wedding
date deadline, many first-time brides find it easy to get
Fortunately, the wedding ceremony is one area you shouldn't have to
stress out about.
Today's ceremonies can be traditional, or anything but -- the
choice is yours. There are a few ceremony traditions that are
usually observed, but are flexible enough to accommodate today's
nontraditional families, including those resulting from divorce and
In Western cultures, and especially in the United States, wedding
ceremonies typically follow a particular structure, although the
elements may change or shift depending on religion or denomination,
ethnic heritage, geographical region, the formality of the service,
or the simple preference of the couple and/or their
A wedding ceremony can be held virtually anywhere, from your church
or synagogue, to your reception site to a historic mansion with old
world charm. Also remember that places such as historic homes,
bed-and breakfast inns, art museums, boats, airplanes, and scenic
parks provide unique beauty to any wedding ceremony. Since the
ceremony is the heart of any wedding, it should set the tone for
the entire day.
It's up to you and your fiancé to decide whether you will recite
the traditional vows, or pen your own. Although you have full
freedom over what you may say during the ceremony, many couples
choose traditional vows for their charm and quaint symbolism.
Still, others choose this opportunity to express their love for
each other in a uniquely personal way, and find writing their own
vows to be an intensely rewarding experience.
Many couples are also choosing to personalize their ceremony by
combining elements from their cultures and backgrounds, and showing
respect for ancestors and families by incorporating ethnic
traditions. Blending rituals and ethnic traditions from your
background heritage is a perfect way to get in touch with you or
your mate's cultures.
No matter how the times may change, marriage will always be a
popular tradition. However you choose to celebrate your marriage,
the most important thing to remember is to be true to yourselves.
Do and say what you believe is right for you. Give your ceremony
some thought, and picture what your guests will see and hear as you
appear before them to enter into matrimony.
With these guidelines to use as a vague outline, you can design
your ceremony to accommodate your needs. The ceremony should be as
enjoyable as possible. Not worrying about sticking to some hard and
fast rules will make planning it virtually worry-free.
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