A great way to personalize your ceremony is through your vows. Some ambitious couples write their own vows. If you intend to do this, discuss your plans with your officiant so you can include any particular wording that may be necessary. Ask the officiant if he or she has any suggestions or has seen anything from previous ceremonies that you might want to include. If marrying in a church, find out if there are any conditions about personalized vows.
If writing your own vows, determine if you are going to memorize and recite them during the ceremony, read them, or have the officiant prompt you. If you are not currently very comfortable with speaking in front of crowds, think long and hard about reciting your vows – the pressure, the spotlight, and your emotional state might just conspire against you! You will want to be as calm and prepared as possible.
Now that you’re moving from engagement to marriage, what do you do with your engagement ring?
Brides have a few different options:
Sometimes couples have a story associated with the rings they chose. Share this special meaning with your guests for a truly personal touch.