Welcome to the third installment of the Wedding Day Breakdown series, where we’ll be giving in-depth descriptions, analyses, and advice regarding different portions of a wedding day. Today we’re discussing wedding ceremony advice.
You can view the other installments as they come available here:
Getting Ready | First Looks | Ceremony | Portraits | Cocktail Hour | Reception | Timeline Planning | What Needs to Be Photographed | Breaking all the Rules
Wedding Day Breakdown: Ceremony
WHAT IT USUALLY REFERS TO:
The ceremony is the whole reason we’re here, right? We’re taking a beat from everyday life to mark an official decision to love somebody for the rest of ever – bad morning breath and all. Your ceremony is a story told from a lot of different angles and about a lot of different people. Not only is it something you’re experiencing, but parents and family and friends are experiencing too.
A FEW PIECES OF WEDDING CEREMONY ADVICE:
1. Leave space for access
The best way to help your photographer get all of those goodie emotional photographs is to have some walking space not only in the center aisle, but near the sides of the space. This way I have an angle on watching your parents and grandparents and family and friends geek out over your vows and laugh at little trip-ups and cry at the “I do” part.
2. Let it be as personal or impersonal as you please
Do not fear filling your ceremony with personal things that integrate your favorites things about your life together. Whether it’s inside jokes or references or having your family/friends do readings or write songs, let your ceremony be the length you want, full of things you want. This is your freedom to step outside the box and do exactly what you want to do. The same goes for the opposite. If you want your ceremony to be five sentences and “I do” and done, take that freedom. This is exactly yours and yours alone.
3. Live in the moment afterwards
After your ceremony, you may run off to a room where you can be alone. Or maybe you’ll meet with family and friends for hugs and celebrations. This is often the move heavy and emotional time of the day – so make sure you have enough time to experience it. Try to not schedule anything to happen for at least 15-20 minutes after the ceremony. This way, you can take adequate time to breathe before hopping into something like cocktail hour or portraits.
Is there anything missing from this list? Share your own ceremony advice and things you’ve learned along the way in the comments!
Hey! I'm Makayla, a wedding photojournalist based in Duluth, MN and Saint Paul, MN.
I believe that stories are best told untouched, undirected, and with intentionality and meaning.
This blog is a space to share advice for couples about weddings, advice for photographers about witnessing events with intention, and steps to create decisions based on your values and what matters most to you.
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