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Drink station by Brisbane Wedding Decorators image by Still Wild Love

 

Contrary to what some movies may like to have you believe, it’s actually very rare for the best man to forget or lose the wedding rings (not saying this doesn’t happen though). So what really does get forgotten or overlooked at wedding ceremonies?

With over 10 years of experience as Marriage Celebrants under their belts, our friends Jamie and Cara from Brisbane City Celebrants are filling us in on the top 5 things that tend to get forgotten at wedding ceremonies.

  1. Chilled drinks

Being based in sunny Australia, having cool drinks available at your wedding ceremony, year-round is an absolute MUST! it’s also really important to have an ample amount of chilled drinks available in the warmer months when guests will power through them at lightning speed!

Most venues that cater for wedding ceremonies, will either have a water station available that guests can help themselves to, or wait staff floating around with a variety of refreshing beverages to choose from.

If your ceremony is taking place at a beach or in a park, talk to your wedding stylist or decorator about providing a drinks bar. Make sure this includes cups or glasses, a waste bin and ice, as we all know lukewarm drinks won’t hit the spot.

Drink stations by Brisbane Wedding Decorators images by Twig and Fawn

If you’re heading off for photos between your ceremony and reception, don’t forget to organise an esky with chilled drinks like water, champagne and beer and some nibbles to keep you hydrated and energised. If your bridal party are joining you, ensure you have enough packed for everyone, you could easily delegate this task to your bridal party.

  1. Rose Petal Confetti or Bubbles

One of the most exciting moments of a wedding is being pronounced as married and taking those steps back down the aisle together to the cheers and elation of your guests. It is also one of the most paramount ceremony moments for your Photographer to capture, and so many couples simply forget to arrange rose petal confetti or bubbles.

Rose petal cones image by Still Wild Love

Guests don’t typically bring them along as they are unfamiliar with the rules of the venue, and it’s not on their radar either. So if you love the idea of taking your first steps in to married life, being showered by rose petals, and having your Photographer capture the magic in the most timeless way, then this is something you need to arrange. Talk to your venue to see if they are permitted and then either put them together yourself, or talk to your Stylist or Ceremony Decorator about adding these to your setting.

Just ensure their service includes a clear up afterwards, as is usually a condition of your site booking.

  1. Guest arrival time

As experienced Celebrants, we can almost guarantee that if your wedding invitation states a 3pm ceremony, there will always be one group or one guest that takes that to be their arrival time, or is simply running late. Subsequently, when everyone is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the bride, this guest dashes past the ‘just about to enter’ bride or couple and dashes on in.

Late guests can also cause the whole wedding schedule to run behind. If the ceremony runs late due to waiting for delayed guests to arrive, your Photographer may take exception to this as it reduces the amount of time they have with daylight to shoot you afterwards.

TIP A simple solution to avoid this, is when you send out your invitations to include a guest arrival time, e.g. Guests are invited to arrive at 1.30pm for a 2pm ceremony.

  1. Signage stating your photography preferences

Whether you opt for an unplugged wedding ceremony, where guests are kindly asked not to take their own photos to encourage them to relax and engage in the ceremony, or if you love the idea of having a wedding hashtag and encouraging guests to snap away and share on social media, you can’t beat a sign for getting the message across.

Unplugged wedding sign by Brisbane Wedding Decorators image by Naomi V Photography

Of course, your Celebrant can announce this too, however you can’t beat having this clearly and politely stated on a sign that compliments your wedding style, for getting the message across.

  1. Cocktail hour celebrations

While most couples are still choosing to head off for photos between the ceremony and reception, this usually leaves the guests with a couple of hours up their sleeves. Why not make this bit one of the highlights of the day for your guests, by having a cocktail setting with drinks and nibbles available, if the ceremony venue suits, you could add lawn games and don’t forget to organise music to keep them entertained.

Cocktail hour setting by Brisbane Wedding Decorators image by still Wild Love

Often your wedding singer/ band or DJ will happily arrive earlier on the day for a comparatively small fee, and then you can have a professional taking care of the ceremony and cocktail hour music, setting the vibe for the celebrations later.

We hope that’s given you some ideas to consider for your wedding ceremony.

Ms Zebra Says: Thank you to Jamie and Cara for letting us all in and providing a list of the things that we would all definitely forget! 

About Brisbane City Celebrants: We are a modern, happy and passionate wedding celebrant duo that simply LOVE celebrating love!

Image by Ava Me Photography via Ainslea & Tim’s Rain-Filled Country Garden Wedding

Are you struggling to find the perfect wedding vows? You try and try to find vows that relate to you and your future spouse. But they end up sounding traditional, maybe fake, a little fluffy. You realize you’ve heard them all before. This is a common problem for many planning their vows. What happens when the wedding vows simply don’t fit?

The answer to this question is to personalize your wedding vows. Use this article to help you walk through the process of personalizing your vows. You may be surprised as to just how simple it can be.

A quick reminder: be sure to check with your officiant for any rules there may be about wedding vows. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Image Gez Xavier Mansfield Photography via Lauren & Michael’s Modern Winery Wedding At Ironbark Hill Vineyard

Start With A Template

Using a template will provide a place for you to start and give direction through the entire process. Using a template does seem counterproductive for writing UNIQUE vows at first. However, just because you want personal vows doesn’t mean you can’t start with a template. It will help you avoid writer’s block and give you a jump start. Keep in mind that a template doesn’t necessarily mean pre-written vows.

Ideas To Expand On

In this section, we have listed some thought-provoking examples to help you along the way. Answering some of these questions may actually fast track your writing process.

Express Your Feelings

It’s important to let your significant other know how you feel when writing vows. Let your partner know why you’re marrying him/her with some of these questions:

  • How does your significant other make you feel?
  • Does he or she bring out the best in you?
  • Do they build you up, cherish you, are they your hero?
  • Do you still get butterflies in your stomach every time you look into their eyes?

Take time to think through some of these questions. Pick one or more and be descriptive as you write out your vows.

Revisit Your First Encounter

Revisiting your first encounter will add uniqueness to your vows. Describe where you met your love with some of these questions:

  • Did he or she catch your eye?
  • Was it love at first sight?
  • Were you introduced by friends?
  • How did you feel at that moment?

Expand On Your Engagement

Go back to the time of engagement.

This is a very important part of your relationship and you should include it in your vows!

Answer some of these questions for adding an engagement story to your vows:

  • What drew you to your soon to be spouse?
  • Did he or she complement your talents and personality?
  • What does your fiancé/e possess that sets them apart from all the rest?

You obviously saw this in him or her, so expound up it. Add phrases like, “I knew you were right for me when I saw how you loved……”.

Share A Memory

Memories are built over time. Even though you’re yet to be married you have already begun making memories. Share one or two special memories the two of you have made. Was there a special trip you went on or maybe an event that strengthened your relationship? Let them know you value those memories and you cannot wait to make more.

Image by Lisa Hatz via Annabel & Tom’s Outback Elegance Wedding

Dream

Chances are you have some aspirations in the future. Think through your plans and the following questions to add in where you want to be with your spouse in the future:

  • Where do you want to be in 10 years?
  • What do you want the future to hold? Love, happiness, good health, and wealth are things every couple wants. Express what you dream of.
  • Do you want pets, children, a home of your own?

Think through how you vision your future together and then express it in your vows. You could say, “I have dreamed of someone like you for years. I can’t wait to see where life has us fifty years from now”.

Foundation

Your marriage will be founded on core principles, Be it trust, love, hope, or something else. Describe how this is foundational for your marriage by answering these questions:

  • What will your marriage be founded on?
  • How is it a driving force that brings the two of you together?
  • How does it guide you both in the right direction?
  • How will this guide you two as you navigate through life as a married couple?

Here is an example, “With our marriage being founded on trust, I want you to know that you can trust me to love, protect, and cherish you always”.

Lauren Anne Photography via  Lauren & Jesse’s Rustic Country Wedding At Stanley Park

Overcomers

Every relationship experiences obstacles. And it’s how we overcome those obstacles that make this so special. In your vows, you may want to share about how the two of you have overcome an obstacle together. Perhaps, one of you were sick and the other played a major role in helping. You can also change the wording and talk about your plan for facing future obstacles together.

Ready Set Go

Of course, you don’t have to use all of these examples when writing your vows. Some ideas that work well for others may not be what you wish to include. This article is created to stimulate your ideas and really get the wedding vow writing juices flowing. Sit down with the soon to be Mr. or Mrs. and take some time to talk about this.

After all, you are pledging these vows to one another. Maybe you even want to write them together.

Maybe you want to write them separately and surprise one another on your special day. Whatever you choose, remember that it can be as unique or traditional as you wish. You will be surprised at how easy a template makes wedding vow writing!

Ms Zebra Says: There truly is nothing better than listening to couples who have written their own vows. Even if it’s only a few lines, the thought and care that goes into it helps the whole wedding share in the love the couple has for one another! Great advice from the helping hands at Bride Envy for their tips!

About the author: Bride Envy specialises in helping couples have stress-free weddings. Visit brideenvy.com for more actionable guides that will help you have an amazing wedding.

Reference: You can find the Bride Envy Wedding Vows template available here to download.

Planning a wedding is something many girls dream of from as young as they can remember.When the day comes, it’s a time celebrate with your nearest and dearest and cherish those memories that will last a lifetime.

To make a lasting first impression with your guests, Blushing Confetti Creative Director and Founder Ellen Powell says it all starts with your ‘save the date’ wedding invitations.

“You want your wedding invitations to be unique and fun, giving your friends and family something to look forward to,” Ms Powell says.

“There is only one thing bigger than a wedding and that’s inviting people to it, right?! A great tip for creating a ‘save the date’ wedding invitation is adding a small romantic quote to make it even more loveable, bringing them to life and expressing the love you and your partner have for each other in just a few words.

Images supplied by Blushing Confetti

“Romantic quotes are a perfect way to set the tone for the wedding and have a little fun – the words themselves can reflect you and your special someone, proudly labelling your love for each other,” she says.

Here, Ellen shares her top romantic quotes for ‘save the date’ wedding cards that are sure to leave you blushing:

  1. “True love stories never have endings.” – Richard Bach
  2. “Love doesn’t make the world go ‘round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Shannon Alder
  3. “You are my today and all of my tomorrows.” – Leo Christopher
  4. “Love, laughter and happily ever after.” – Anonymous
  5. “You are my sun, my moon, and all of my stars.” – E. E. Cummings
  6. “Oh my, but love is the greatest adventure of all.” – Anonymous
  7. “I carry your heart with me (I carry it inmy heart)” – E. E. Cummings
  8. “You are my once in a lifetime.” – D. Boyett
  9. “The words I love you could never be enough. I suppose we’ll have to invent new ones.” – Christopher Poindexter
  10. “In an endless garden of flowers, I will always pick you.” – A. J. Lawless
  11. “How do I love thee? Let me count you the ways.” – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  12. “You had me at hello.” – Jerry Maguire
  13. “My heart is, and will always be, yours.” – Jane Austen
  14. “We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” – Dr Seuss

About Blushing Confetti: It began after founder Ellen Powell couldn’t find any wedding stationery. So after launching a successful wedding stationery business, products were born and here we are today! To browse Blushing Confetti’s wedding collection in full, visit www.blushingconfetti.com.