So we finally nailed down the ceremony details! We aren’t having an exclusively Irish ceremony but I picked a lot of great Irish ceremony passages that I think will go really well with our non-traditional ceremony.
Before I got In contact with our officiant I had no clue how to structure a ceremony. Now, if your ceremony is religious, you are quite lucky because its pretty much all structured out for you. Non-traditional ceremonies are basically whatever you want them to be, so if you have nowhere to start and no basis of how to begin…how could I make it come together?
Our wonderful officiant sent us the bare bones and all we had to do was fill in the gaps. And now, for those of you lost in this area, I am going to share it with you!
Here is what a bare bones ceremony looks like:
Greeting- The officiant greets the guests and announces the intention of marriage. You can change this up by adding a quote or a funny anecdote for the officiant today.
Declaration: The bride and groom declare their intent to marry. This can be made to be simple statements or quotes. You can also go traditional, “Jane, will you have John to be your husband…”
Reading: This doesn’t have to be a specific reading. This can actually be anything you want, it’s basically a break from the two of you and allows for friends to speak or sing.
Exchange of Vows
Second Reading: Again, another change to personalize the ceremony and get friends and family involved. We are actually skipping this one altogether because we want a short and sweet ceremony.
Exchange of Rings: You can keep it traditional or customize the readings however you want. We found a passage that was perfect for the ring exchange and very non traditional.
Special Ceremony: The place for the sand-pouring or Handfasting (like us)!
Declaration of Marriage, Blessing, and sending forth: It is as it sounds and totally alter-able to your needs!
These are just a few of the passages I love! Are you having a non-traditional ceremony? What kinds of things did you include to make it personal?