How many weddings have you gone to where the ceremony was dull, boring, and lacking the wow factor? 2020 is giving all couples new ideas on how to make their wedding ceremony unique and different. Our checklist will give you fresh ideas for your ceremony that will leave your guests impressed!
Couples are having to adapt all parts of their special day to accommodate for CDC guidelines. Attention to detail is so important to leave a lasting impression on the guests regardless of any changes to original plans. Even for the most minimalist of weddings, these few special added details will bring a personal touch and help make your wedding ceremony unique. Do you have a tight budget? Rent your items or have a DIY night with family and friends.
13 Ways to Add a Personal Touch to Make Your Wedding Ceremony Unique
Setting the Tone
1. Welcoming Committee
Having a friendly face welcoming your guests will set the tone for an exciting day. This could be family or close friends that welcome your guests in and hand out programs for the ceremony. A familiar face to guests will get them excited for all of the exciting events to come.
2. Set the Comfort Level
Making sure your guests are comfortable before the ceremony begins will make a good impression from the start. If your ceremony is on a chilly fall day, consider handing out hot apple cider to your guests. If you are having a beach ceremony, invite your guests to take a pair of flip flops provided for them by the couple. Allowing your guests to feel comfortable at the beginning of the festivities will give them a better experience overall. Going the extra mile to have your guests feel at ease will help make your wedding ceremony unique.
3. Pre Wedding Activities
Many couples have become very innovative with their wedding ceremony locations. It is more common to see couples using unique venues over traditional church venues. If your venue features fun activities, why not use that to your advantage for your guests? If your ceremony is taking place in a museum or art gallery, see if you are able to allow your guests to tour the area before the ceremony begins. This will allow your guests to get acquainted with the space and not be sitting for too long before the ceremony begins. This idea will be sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests and make your wedding ceremony unique.
4. Non-traditional Guest Books
Traditional guest books are very classic, but also easily overlooked and not memorable. Couples may reminisce about their wedding by looking at their guestbook once or twice. Make your guestbook memorable and have it be decorative for your wedding and also your home. Many couples use their alternative guest books as pieces of art in their home with all of their family and friend’s signatures. Other couples have picked their favorite bottle of champagne to pop open on their first anniversary. Make it your guestbook by having family and friends sign it. These little differences will make a lasting impression on your guests and be memorable for the couple when they reminiscence on their special day.
5. Wearable Favors
Not many people can say that they still have many wedding favors and use them frequently. Couples feel pressure to give their guests a keepsake for the day, yet not many guests take the favor or use it again after the wedding day. A unique idea is to create wearable favors for your guests to get use out of during the wedding day. Men can receive boutonnières and ladies can receive a bracelet or hair clip with the flower colors of the wedding. It is a special added touch that will not be wasteful and make guests feel more involved in the ceremony.
Decorating the Ceremony
6. Ceremony Signage
Signage has become a major feature in many ceremonies, especially in the age of DIY. Signage with hand-painted calligraphy can really add some elegance to any theme or decor. Play upon the signage and get creative. You can use the signs to tell your guests to turn off their cell phones or display the wedding hashtag. A new idea is to display seating arrangements on signs. An idea for a rustic barn ceremony is to write the seating arrangements on a beautiful mirror for guests to look at. This can turn any necessary sign into a beautiful piece of art that will enhance the look of the ceremony.
7. Unique Aisle Runners
Traditional white aisle runners have become a staple in every wedding ceremony. No matter the theme or color scheme, these runners seem to not make a statement in a typical ceremony. Instead of using a traditional runner use bohemian rugs to add to the boho-chic vibe of your wedding. Make it unique to the style of your wedding. Non-traditional runners will enhance the aesthetic of your wedding and tie all of the decor together.
8. The Backdrop for the Ceremony
Backdrops and arches have become very popular in weddings recently. Traditional church weddings do not need much decoration with all of the art and decor already behind the altar. For non-church weddings, it is imperative that the couple has something behind them as they are getting married. Backdrops and archways really tie together all of the decor of the wedding. Floral walls and archways seem to be the current trend with wedding backdrops. Wooden archways are very classic and go with many different wedding themes. These backdrops can also stand as photo opportunities for your guests to take pictures with.
9. Ceremony Seating Structure
Seating arrangements never change for many ceremonies. The norm is to have rows split in the middle to create an aisle for the wedding party to walk down. For different venues, it would make your wedding ceremony unique to create different seating structures for your guests.
If you are getting married by the main archway, it would be interesting to seat your guests all the way around the archway for different views. As always, take into consideration sunlight as well as the views of the archway and couple. You want to consider how your guests will be viewing you from their seats. Changing the seating arrangements changes the whole dynamic of the ceremony and would make your wedding ceremony unique.
During the Ceremony
10. Unity Ceremonies
Adding in extra touches to the ceremony has become very popular over the last 5 years. While some of these unity ceremonies have become very overdone, there are many ways to make the ceremony more unique to the couple. Many common unity ceremonies feature the pouring of sand into one vase or lighting one candle in unison. These can still be meaningful to the couple as it is very much a physical representation of how the couple is uniting as one.
Some new ideas of unity ceremonies would be braiding a rope together, planting a tree, or a time capsule of love letters to each other. Every couple should do whatever suits their relationship the best. These ceremonies are very sentimental and doing a different one others have not seen before will make your wedding ceremony unique and personal.
Walking down the aisle is a very special moment. Instead of doing traditional music, use instrumental versions of a song that means something to the couple. The first dance should not be the only meaningful music for the couple. Make sure the music is appropriate to the situation as many break up songs can sound just like a love song. This small change can make a meaningful difference in a ceremony.
12. Reading Alternatives
Traditional weddings feature readings from the bible that talk about marriage and unity. Many of these readings are very meaningful but can become overused for some. A different idea for readings is to have speeches by your loved ones that have been role models for the couple’s version of love. These loved ones can provide wisdom about their personal marriage experience and how to love and be loved. Every guest will be able to take away something from these speeches regardless of being in a marriage or not. This will also help make your wedding ceremony unique to you seeing as no one else will have had readings done by your specific friends and family.
13. Painting your Ceremony
If your ceremony is lengthy enough, a different idea would be to hire an artist to paint the scene of your wedding. This would be a one-of-a-kind piece of art to commemorate your special day. You could also have your artist paint a scene from your reception. This would be something your guests can watch and interact with. It would be a special added touch to your special day.
These 13 ideas are some of the many ways to make your wedding ceremony unique to you. Create your special day to be something that you will remember for the rest of your life. Download and use our customizable checklist to help make the planning of your wedding fast and easy. This checklist is completely customizable to your special day. Fill in all of your planning as you go. We are sure that our checklist will help make your wedding planning more enjoyable!