There are so many things at the wedding ceremony that could go wrong! Planning a truly perfect wedding is a hard work. Partially, this is why a lot of couples spend up to 12-24 months on the wedding prep. Plenty of articles and videos on this topic are already created by professionals in wedding planning. But most of them give some general advice as to how much time a ceremony should last, what legal papers you need, and what wedding dress to choose. Instead, we’d like to give you particular tips and pieces of advice regarding the wedding ceremony – small but significant things, which are often forgotten about until they lead to a mess.
Have microphones at your ceremony
If you have a micro wedding, no mics are needed – those 20 or so guests will hear everything without problem.
But in case your wedding is big and you’ve invited 50 or 100 or more wedding guests, make sure they’re able to hear the officiant, your vows, your “I do’s”, etc. Prepare microphones for the officiant, the two of you, and a few extra mics for those people who will speak at your wedding ceremony.
Also, mics are useful when you’re having a videographer working your event. You will get high-quality sound.
Clear the path down the aisle
Before the bride starts walking down the aisle, somebody has to make sure the path is clear from anxious guests, children, furniture, wedding décor, end so on.
If your wedding aisle is decorated with candles, lanterns, sticking out décor that can catch the bride’s gown, you have to make the path a bit wider than it usually is – for the bride to walk easily through these obstacles.
Usually, there should be 5-8 feet of aisle so that the bride and her father could walk through.
If the bride has a long veil or train, make sure someone walks behind her and watches her wedding attire. If anything catches, for example, the décor or chairs, this person can quickly untangle it.
Coordinate the schedule with audio man
Make sure the audio man, DJ, officiant, and other people whose task is to manage the event know the wedding timelines. The audio man has to know exactly what is happening when, what the clues are, what song plays when, etc. These things need to be pre-discussed and the coordinator must have a detailed timeline.
Have someone look through the officiant’s speech
You can do it yourself but what’s the fun in it? You don’t want to know exactly what everyone’s going to say at your wedding. So, ask your Best Man or Maid or Honor or someone else from the bridal party to do this for you.
Of course, if you’re having a religious wedding ceremony, the officiant will be experienced and everybody more or less knows what he is going to say in his speech. And it won’t be nice of you to check their speech.
But if you’ve asked someone among your friends or relatives to serve as the officiant or if you don’t know this person very well, then it’s great to look through his/her speech before the ceremony. Just to make sure the officiant doesn’t say anything inappropriate about you and your honey and the speeches of the officiant, Best Man, and other speakers don’t repeat the same thing (because it’s so boring to hear the same joke or story several times in a row).
Prepare sings to reserve the front row of seats
It is important to seat your wedding guests accordingly at the ceremony (whether it is in a church or at the beach or at the wedding hall). Both front rows must be reserved for the closest family and friends – parents, grandparents, best friend, etc. And you have to leave signs that indicate this. Otherwise, people will seat themselves as they please, and, of course, most of them will want to be as close to the aisle as possible. So you might find yourself in a situation when guests you don’t even know or see for the first time in your life (some curious distant relatives, +1s of your guests, already tipsy coworkers, etc) occupy the first row and somebody has to explain to them that these seats are for the closest family.
Another useful advice is to leave a few empty seats at the front row. It will let your wedding photographer use them to catch some good angles without obscuring someone’s view.
Make sure the bridal party is lined up just right
This is one of those things that has to be practiced at the wedding rehearsal (if you’re having one). We advise to make a lot of photos at the rehearsal to see if everyone is standing in the same pose and no one stands out.
A lot of couples want their bridal party standing in line on both sides of the bride and groom. The bridesmaids and groomsmen should stand turned a bit to the center of the room. Not sideways, not turned straight to the crowd, but angled a little. Such a pose will look better in the wedding photos and wedding guests will feel more comfortable. Everyone in the bridal party should stand in the same pose so that the whole crowd looked nice and uniformed. It’s not them who’s the center of attention, their role is to fill up the picture.