Weekly Feature- August 12th-19th- Ceremony Ideas

This week on “Weekly Feature” :

Unique Ceremony Ideas!

Last week, we featured some amazing venues, so this week we wanted to share some unique ceremony ideas you could use at any of those (or other!) venues.

1) Unique seating arrangements.

Many of our clients have expressed an interest in wanting to change up the traditional seating arrangement of straight pews or straight chairs. Here are just a few of the ideas we have found:

  • Spiral pattern. Instead of the traditional straight rows, we love the idea of setting up the chairs in a spiral pattern. This set-up allows each guest to feel close to the person walking down the aisle. It also allows the person walking down the aisle to have a moment with each guest, even if it’s just making eye contact and smiling. The walk down the aisle is such a special moment and this set-up helps it last just a little bit longer.

serpentine chairs

Photo From: Pinterest

  • Half Circle on each side of the altar. We absolutely adore everything about this ceremony site, but we are particularly fond of the chair set-up. Your friends and family have surrounded you with their love and support for your whole life, so it only makes sense to have them all around you on one of the most important days of your life!

circle ceremony

Photo From: Weddings in Iowa

  • Unique Chairs. If you want to have the traditional aisle, you can still change up the seating to make it unique. We love the strong presence of the wrought iron chairs, made more feminine with pillows in the wedding colors. The use of iron and the various colored pillows makes for beautiful photos and comfortable guests.

iron chair seatin

Photo From: Sincerity Bridal

2) New Traditions.

Over the last few wedding seasons, we have become more familiar with the wine box ceremony, the sand ceremony, and the hand-fasting ceremony. Couples are always seeking new ways to showcase their one-of-a-kind love with a unique unity ceremony. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Irish Stone Blessing. In Ireland, it is traditional for couples to marry by the water as it is considered a sacred place. Guests are given stones, asked to make a wish for the couple, and toss the stones into the water to bless the couple. As a little twist, have the guests write their names on one side of a stone and a blessing on the other and keep them with them during the ceremony.  The couple should also write their own wishes on stones and have the officiant say a unity prayer or blessing over them. Towards the end of the ceremony, have the officiant perform a special prayer or blessing for the wishes the guests have made and as the guests exit the ceremony, have them drop the stone into a decorated hurricane vase filled with water. This can be used in place of or in addition to a guest book at the reception.

Irish Stone Blessing

Photo From: Pinterest

  • Salt Covenant. In the old days, agreements were sealed with a salt covenant; each party in the agreement would have a bag of salt and place a pinch of their salt in the other party(ies) bag(s). The agreement was considered binding, unless one party could retrieve their own grains of salt from another party’s bag. This is a perfect unity ceremony, because just as you could not remove your own grains of salt, you will not be able to remove the love in your heart and the bonds of marriage. For this ceremony, the couple would each have their own bag of salt and combine it into a special container to be displayed (or even used) in their home.

Salt Covenant

Photo From: Etsy

  • Plant Ceremony. For this ceremony, a young plant is symbolic of your love and relationship. During the ceremony, the couple adds a cup of soil from their hometown and then waters the plant together. You could also add a cup of soil from your new home to it as well. The plant will be a lasting reminder of your wedding day and you can watch it grow as you both grow together.

Plant Ceremony

Photo From: Brett & Emily Photographers

3) Non-Floral Displays.

Perhaps floral arrangements aren’t in your budget, or one of you is allergic, or maybe you just want something different. We have several great ideas for ceremony decor that does not include flowers!

  • Picture Frames. You can paint picture frames of various sizes and shapes in one or multiple wedding colors and hang them as a backdrop for the altar, put pictures in them to hang on the chairs along the aisle, or place glitter frames on the ground on top of tulle and candles for a romantic effect.

Frame Decor

Photo From: Wedding Gawker

  • Books. Using books in place of florals is a great way to bring color to your ceremony! We love everything about this arch made of books.

Book Decor

Photo From: Done Brilliantly

                 And how about having the bridal party carry books instead of flowers and have boutonnieres and corsages made

out of pages from your favorite books?

bridesmaid books

Photo From: Emmaline Bride

  • Lantern Decor. Paper lanterns make beautiful decorations. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. From solid colors to doily patterns, you can find exactly what you need to match your ceremony. Not only are the stunning and reusable for the reception and at home, but they are inexpensive, too!

Lantern

Photo From: Lover.ly

We have so many unique ideas for making your wedding ceremony special! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

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Wedding Wednesday- Biggest Bang for Your Buck

Happy Wedding Wednesday, everyone!

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This week on Wedding, Wednesday, we wanted to offer several ways to stretch your money as far as you can. These ideas are great for any couple, no matter your budget; because who doesn’t want to save money?

  • Uplighting– This morning on our Facebook page, we shared uplighting ideas. In case you aren’t familiar, uplighting is the use of different colored spotlights (or other lighting equipment) to add color to a space and highlight specific areas. Uplighting is also one of the least expensive ways to completely transform a room. If you have a big space to fill, it can get expensive to buy all of the draping or other decor needed to make the room look complete. By utilizing white as a base color for linens and chair covers along with candles, mirrors, and or crystals, you can use uplighting to make to make the space look any way you want. The best part is most DJ’s offer upgraded packages or add-ons to their packages to include uplighting. Often times these packages range between $199 and $299, whereas more decor to fill the space could cost more than double or even triple. Here are some great pictures of uplighting transforming a room:

uplighting 1

Photo From: Superlative Events

uplighting 2Photo From: Seward Park Tech

  • Reusing florals– Flowers can be extremely expensive, especially when you want specific flowers or have a large space to fill. One of our secrets is to work with florists to create floral arrangements for the ceremony that also can be used in the reception space. We recently had a couple who had mason jars filled with flowers hanging from shepherd hooks down the aisle. The flowers and mason jars were then used as centerpieces on the tables along with candles. The same couple also had a floral spray as part of their altar decor that they placed on the escort card table. The couple saved almost $2,000.00 by choosing multi-purpose arrangements!

shepherd hooksPhoto From: Personal Photo

  • Beauty School Hair and Makeup– There are beauty schools across the country and many are looking to give their students additional experience. Right here in Chester County, we have several schools that offer one day a week where you can come in and get your hair cut, colored, and styled for pennies on the dollar. I know it may sound a little scary, but they have expert hairstylists working with them on every move, so you know someone who has truly mastered the art of hair is making sure you leave there looking nothing less than perfect. For your wedding, you can contact the schools to set-up hair and makeup trials and day-of services. For a professional stand-alone company, you might pay over $300.00 for your hair and makeup, whereas going through the school will save you around $200.00.

hair and makeup

Photo From: True Photography

  • Friday or Sunday Dates– If you are open to getting married on a Friday or Sunday, many venues offer packages that cost as much at 30% less!! Not only will you save money on the venue, but many other vendors (DJ’s, Caterers, Photographers, etc) offer discounts for days other than Saturdays as well. While there are some important factors to keep in mind, such as out-of-town guest travel, having a Friday or Sunday wedding may allow you to book your dream venue and stay within or under your budget!

fridayPhoto From: Pinterest

What other ideas do you have to help save money? Contact us today for more great money saving ideas!