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Photo credit: Alex Carlyle Photography

 

I’ve been to a lot of wedding ceremonies.  Some have been really not so great, others have been absolutely awesome. Looking back, I have to say that the wedding ceremony I loved most was all about the couple – personal, engaging, intimate, unique and alive.

Your wedding really doesn’t have to be like most of the other weddings you’ve attended – not that there’s necessarily been anything wrong with them, but yours can be totally unique if you want it to be.  It can be absolutely awesome. One way of doing that is to have it reflect you – and by you I mean who you are as individuals and who you are as a couple.  If your ceremony is a true reflection of who you are there’s no way it can be used on another couple.

For me, as a marriage celebrant, the one thing I love to do for my couples is to tell their story.  While that might not be what you want, and that’s fine too (because nothing is compulsory at your ceremony except the legal vows), most of my couples, in fact I’d guess 99 percent of them, want me to share a bit about their personal story.  And so I do.  And they love it.  And their family and friends love it.  It draws everyone in, it brings them close and reaches the heart.

So when you come to me as a couple looking for your wedding celebrant, there are a few questions I ask you. I ask you these so I can really get to know each of you as well as who you are as a team.  I find out about your story. And then I take the bits that are most juicy, most alive, most pertinent, and I weave them into your ceremony in a way that’s engaging, sometimes even fun.  I can share as much or as little of what you’ve told me with your guests during your ceremony and it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality.  But one thing’s for sure – the more you share from your heart, the more exquisite, real and truly unforgettable your wedding ceremony will be.