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Dracula Inspired Mountain Wedding – How to Organize the Wedding of Your Dreams

Although Romania has many other things to offer tourists, it is first seen as the land of Dracula, especially since the story of Vlad Ţepeş the Impaler and the vampire invented by Bram Stoker superimposed. So, might as well take advantage of it, says a Romanian monthly. The vampire Dracula and Prince Vlad Ţepeş left people a legacy that they still don’t know how to grow: Dracula! The best label in the field of tourism that Romania can benefit from at the moment. What do foreigners associate Romania with? First to Dracula, and only then to Nicolae Ceauşescu, Nadia Comăneci (gymnast), Gheorghe Hagi (footballer) or Ilie Năstase (tennis player). Foreigners want Dracula, want to know more about Dracula, see the places where Dracula lived, eat garlic while visiting Bran Castle, buy Dracula souvenirs, party in Dracula atmosphere bars. “Dracula” themed tourism began in Romania unofficially during the 1950s-1960s. Of course, Bram Stoker’s novel had not yet been translated into Romanian, so the guides of the national Carpathian tourist office, which had been completely reorganized in the early 1970s, only came into contact with the story imagined by the Irish writer only through what could be said by Western tourists (mainly Americans and British) who asked questions about the “castle of the Bârgău pass” (Pasul Bârgăului) described in the book.

 

 

1. Mountain Weddings and the Myth of Dracula

 

Even though Dracula was still unknown to most Romanians, authorities at the time did not hesitate to use the myth for publicity. In 1983, a hotel in the form of a castle (with towers, an interior courtyard accessible by a single entrance) was built between Bistriţa (city in Transylvania) and Vatra Dornei (city in Bukovina, in northern Romania). Since the two towns are connected by the Bârgău pass, the hotel was supposedly built on the approximate location of the castle described in the novel. Until 1990 it was called Tihuţa (another name for the Bârgău pass), although another hotel invented by Stoker, The Golden Crown, had been built in the town of Bistriţa (in the northwest of the Romania) precisely to serve as a point of reference for foreign tourists. In 2006, the hotel renamed Dracula unveiled a bust of Irish writer Bram Stoker.

 

Even if in Romania the myth of Dracula is better known through cinema than through literature, the opportunity for cultural tourism is immense. With or without a theme amusement park, places related to Vlad the Impaler and Count Dracula are numerous and interesting. In a world dominated by advertising, Dracula would have helped a crisis-prone economy immensely. There are already tours offered by various agencies, the best blending history with literary and cinematic myth. Thus, following in the footsteps of the favorite literary character, tourists can visit Curtea de Argeş (first capital of Wallachia, which also houses a famous monastery), Suceava )capital of Moldavia from the 14th to the 16th century), Snagov (monastery near Bucharest where Vlad’s body is supposed to be buried) or Târgovişte (capital of Wallachia from the 14th to the 18th century, where the Ceausescu spouses were shot during the Romanian revolution of 1989), in addition to Sighişoara (historic city, birthplace of Ţepeş), Braşov (big city of Transylvania, near Bran Castle, known as “Dracula’s Castle”), all these places being linked to the medieval voivode and the modern vampire. The myth has become so popular that foreigners come to Romania and choose to have a Dracula inspired wedding in the mountains, a celebration that overshadows everything with royalty and fresh air. The theme of the cultural wedding gives spouses the chance to relive the past for a single night, while being the main characters of a fantasy and royal story.

 

2. How to Organize a Mountain Wedding

Do you dream of a setting full of charm and authenticity? So why not get married in the mountains? Summer or winter, you benefit from a unique and authentic landscape, the perfect setting for your ceremony. Expanse of fir trees or snowy peaks, you commune with nature in a magical environment. Here are some ideas to help you organize your wedding in the mountains in summer and winter.

 

Getting married in the mountains is choosing a place that will delight you. Summer and winter, you have access to a whole host of places at altitude, each as charming as the next: chalet, hotel, reception hall. Be careful, however, not to choose a date during the winter school holidays. You could see accommodation prices skyrocket and put your guests in endless traffic jams. One of the most popular locations for a mountain wedding is the Bran Castle from Romania. A Bran wedding will overshadow not only with the magnificent landscape, but also with the history and myths related to Count Dracula, one of Romania’s most significant characters.

 

Think about your different reception venues, their accessibility and the possibility of parking for you, your guests and your service providers (don’t forget that if you only have one or two suitcases to carry, your florist will have a flower truck to manage). It is in your best interest to recommend carpooling to your guests. As for the end of the evening, providing buses, mini buses or shuttles is the ideal solution to avoid trips to the resort for your guests who would not sleep there.

 

Also, think about the weather. No matter the time of year, it can be capricious. Plan for the worst in logistics and everything will turn out for the best. And then finally, doesn’t a little snow during a winter mountain ceremony make the moment magical?

 

The particularity of a wedding in the mountains is that your guests will certainly come from afar. It is therefore necessary to anticipate the possible accommodations for, at least, the weekend of the union. They can arrive earlier or leave later in order to take advantage of the exceptional setting you have chosen. The best thing is to select the list of hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts or short-term rentals in advance in order to do the work for them. Make life easier for your guests, they will thank you. In addition, it will be necessary to think about the management and accommodation of the children during the various moments of the wedding (ceremony, cocktail party, evening).

 

Often, the reception venue offers/imposes certain service providers such as the caterer and the DJ. It’s a good way to simplify the organization of your wedding in the mountains. Most of the time you are not there. This makes preparation easier for you. For other professionals, select them as close as possible to your site: hairdresser, make-up artist, florist… And then if you want to completely delegate the preparation, including logistics, of your wedding, call on a wedding planner! They will present you with all their wedding services.

 

A wedding in the mountains opens all the doors of the local terroir. Choose a stone grill or a giant barbecue in summer with good blueberry tarts for dessert. As for a wedding in the mountains in winter, opt for a mulled wine cocktail, a tartiflette, Savoyard fondue or giant raclette for the dish and a chocolate and chestnut dessert. And if you prefer more refined dishes, you will find local fish such as perch or arctic char that will delight the taste buds of your guests.

 

Taking the time to offer your guests an activity they will never forget will make your wedding unique, original and memorable. For a Dracula’s wedding theme, try to wrap the entire wedding evening around a royal story, where every guest has a special role and everything is surrounded by mysticism and elegance.

 

3. Important Elements of a Royal Wedding in the Mountains

Between dreamy settings, breathtaking costumes and the 19th century, the universe of Dracula is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for your wedding theme. You could not have missed the novel of Bram Stoker or the myth of Vlad Tepes. Beyond the plots and the narrative interest of the story, what particularly is of interest here is the quality of the artistic direction and the details of the photogenics. These elements are a gold mine to draw inspiration to organize your wedding!

 

Let’s start with one of the key elements of the ceremony: your costumes…well, your outfits! For gentlemen, the groom or his guests, here are some examples of wedding accessories for men to remember to compose the Victorian costume: tailcoat, velvet, tailored trousers, silk waistcoat encrusted with semi-precious stones, cufflinks, silk scarf, Persian motifs, ascot… 

 

Who has never dreamed of carrying out a photo shoot whose imagination allows you to escape for a few hours? In keeping with your wedding theme, this is the perfect opportunity to think about organizing an engagement session, an official photo shoot before the wedding or after it, on Dracula’s wedding theme. Studio sets, props, lighting, beautiful gardens… present the universe of the myth to your photographer, so that he can design the perfect photo shoot.

 

As for the decoration part of the wedding, use plenty of fresh flowers, candles and period candlesticks of different sizes. Orient the selection of decorative objects according to a predefined color palette that can inspire you: pastel and cold, warm and sensual. Prefer round tables with white tablecloths and lace napkins. For the service, choose dishes with flowers, golden borders, and crystal to bring this chic and royal side very characteristic. For the reception, offer light hors d’oeuvres, verrines with combinations of fresh products, preferably small so that your guests can help themselves and refill easily. A champagne fountain is also worth remembering. For the wedding cake, it is advisable to bring a touch of lightness, originality and a touch of modernity, by choosing a fruity nude cake with layers and garnished with beautiful flowers! Finally, to stand out, offer a tea corner with English-inspired service. 

 

All in all, just listen to your heart and your desires: if you love the Dracula universe and dream of it for your wedding, don’t hesitate to follow these pieces of advice. All that’s missing is your guests, and all the elements will be in place to make your Dracula wedding a real success!

 

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Wedding in Santorini – How to Organize a Formal or Symbolic Ceremony

Santorini is one of the most extraordinary places not only in Greece, but throughout the world. Looking at the photos taken on this island, it is difficult to believe that it exists in reality. Everything is heavenly in this place: magnificent weather, gentle sea, excellent hotels and an atmosphere full of sincere friendliness that attracts young people to perform a wedding ceremony.

 

In ancient times, Santorini was one of the centers of the Cretan-Minoan civilization, the end of which was put by a volcanic eruption in 1500 BC. A cloud of ash covers the entire island, but under it are perfectly preserved palaces and houses, which are still opened during archeological excavations. 

 

There is a legend that the dead Atlantis was on this island in the Aegean Sea. The name Santorini comes from the name of the holy martyr Irene of Macedon – “Santra Irini”. On the island, a large number of churches are dedicated to it, and there are about 330 of them, in total. Each snow-white church is crowned with a blue semicircular dome. There is an absolutely fantastic beauty of the panorama: snow-white buildings against the background of a bright blue sky, ledges descending to the azure transparent waters, and between them domes of gentle cornflower color, as a symbol of the unity of earthly and heavenly life. This place was created by Providence itself in order to unite the hearts of lovers and overshadow them with heavenly blessing. You can organize a wedding in Greece on your own. However, it is advisable to consult a professional so that you do not have to endlessly solve small annoying problems yourself.

 

 

1. Wedding in Santorini – What Documents are Needed for a Wedding in Greece

 

In this earthly paradise, all conditions have been created to hold an unforgettable wedding ceremony and a magnificent civil or symbolic wedding ceremony. In order for the sacrament of the wedding to be successful and not cause any difficulties, you need to prepare the following documents:

 

  • birth certificates of future spouses (notarized copies);
  • passport (photocopies of the first page and a valid visa);
  • copies of all pages with marks on the national passport;
  • a marriage certificate or a notice from the registry office that there are no obstacles to its conclusion in the event that there has not been yet an official registration;
  • certificate of ecclesiastical celibacy (issued in the Diocese at the place of residence, certified by the Metropolitan);
  • baptismal certificate. If one of the spouses does not adhere to the Christian faith, his notarized consent to the rite of baptism of future children is necessary;
  • a wedding permit issued at the country’s consulate.

 

All documents, with the exception of the passport, require translation into Greek and certification with an apostille, a sign that is put on official documents that are not commercial. It certifies the signature of the person who signed the document, as well as the authenticity of the seals and stamps.

 

For the civil marriage registration ceremony, the same documents are needed, with the exception of a baptismal certificate and a certificate of church celibacy, and instead of a wedding permit at the country’s consulate, you need to obtain a registration permit. 

 

The preparation process should be treated very carefully. In the absence of any document, the ceremony itself and the issuance of a wedding or civil registration certificate will not be possible. It is best to prepare a package of necessary documents in advance and, 40 days before the expected date, send it to the receiving party for detailed verification. All certificates must be received no earlier than 3 months before the scheduled date, otherwise they will be considered invalid. On the island you need to be 2 days before the wedding or registration to sign the necessary papers. It is worth spending a little time then to enjoy the exciting, unforgettable ritual that takes place on the open terrace with a magnificent view of the sea and is accompanied by a delightful sunset, if the ceremony takes place in the evening.

 

2. Wedding in Santorini – Where is the Ceremony Going to be Held

Most of the couples choose the Metropolis Cathedral, the bell tower of which rises above the entire city of Fira, the capital of the island. The interior of the cathedral is decorated with excellent frescoes, and a quiet courtyard creates a special and romantic atmosphere. 

 

Another favorite place for a Santorini wedding is the Church of the Ascension of the Lord. However, any church in Santorini is worthy of becoming for you a special place for this joyful and significant rite. If your plans do not include such serious preparation for the organization of the ceremony, the best way out is to hold a symbolic wedding in Greece. In this case, the marriage is registered at the place of residence, and the holiday takes place in Santorini. The very course of the wedding celebration will not differ from the real one, except that the certificates issued to you will not have legal force. 

 

Another beautiful tradition for which married couples come to this romantic island is the ceremony of exchanging vows of love. The wedding celebration itself is followed by anniversaries, the number of which depends on the strength of your feelings. The atmosphere of Santorini or any other Greek islands wedding, like a wedding in Thassos, is amazingly conductive to your hearts once again opening towards each other, and the sincere words spoken here, where the sea and the sky merge into one, have gained strength and were heard.

 

3. How to Organize a Santorini Wedding Step by Step

 

Step 1. Set a spending limit and a headcount. The most crucial step, however cliché it may seem, is to establish your budget. This can help you decide how many guests to invite, the place to pick (costs vary), the number of hours to reserve a photographer etc. Another consideration is the number of attendees; some locations can only hold 7–10 people, so if you want a more extravagant wedding, you should select a larger location. Similar rules apply if you reserve an eatery. The number of attendees also affects how much the wedding ceremony will cost.

 

Step 2. Find a wedding planning company. It is doubtful whether it’s possible to organize a wedding remotely, in another country, without resorting to the help of an agency. If in your country you can do everything yourself (find a restaurant and, if you wish, order a toastmaster), then it’s not possible the other way around. Plus, your organizer can ask 100 or 500 questions: where, how and why. There are two options here:

  1. visit a travel agency or a wedding planner that coordinates international weddings. The ability to personally discuss is the key benefit;
  2. If a grandiose wedding is planned, you can go to Greece to discuss everything in person. The drawback is that all issues will have to be handled over the phone or email. To locate a wedding planner in Santorini, search online.

 

Don’t be afraid of the language barrier. All agencies speak English perfectly.

 

Step 3. Pick a location and a time. Santorini has a lot of wonderful locations for a Greece wedding. Picking just one is incredibly challenging. Most of the sites are on villa grounds and differ in dimension based on the views that can be observed from each position. Rent varies depending on the region. Usually, tinier areas are less expensive. Also, feel free to reserve a room at the property that will host the wedding. Due to the ease of the transfer, this is mainly helpful if there are many guests. Choosing whether the ceremony should take place during the day or at sunset is a crucial decision. As soon as the site reservation and check-in time are complete, this time must be made public on the internet and at the registrar, so the sooner the better.

 

Step 4. Continue the banquet. If after the ceremony you plan to go on a boat trip on a yacht or for dinner in a restaurant, this should also be taken care of at one of the first stages. You should not worry – the organizers will also help you here. They will offer a lot of options and price ranges.

 

Step 5. Photographer. Obviously, a wedding wouldn’t be complete without a photographer! Since photographers from all over the world visit Santorini in the summer, the selection of photographers is higher. October is a popular departure month. There are numerous photographers in general; look for, select, and concentrate on reviews.

 

Step 6. Choosing a hotel. The first question is where to stay (for the bride and groom and, if available, for guests). The choice of places to stay in Santorini is huge. First of all, you need to understand whether you want to live on a caldera overlooking the blue-blue sea and an extinct volcano, or you just need a hotel room. 

 

4. Wedding in Santorini – Organization of the Video and Photoshoot

Nature appears to ensure that this Greek island makes the ideal scenery for wedding celebration photos. Snow-white buildings against the background of the blue sea and blue sky create the impression that you, in the full sense of the word, got married in heaven. The organization of the filming process can be entrusted to the agency through which you will arrange the wedding.

 

What could be more pleasant than having a wedding in Santorini, because the agency is almost entirely in charge of organizing it: bouquets, church reservations, payment of taxes and fees, a stylist for the bride, wedding car rental, sweets, fruits and alcohol, rose petal baskets, musical accompaniment, photographer services and videographer. If you want to make some adjustments to any of the points, then you should inform the agents about this in advance, and preferably immediately during the first visit. 

 

Every year, traveling abroad is becoming more accessible, and therefore you have a great chance to fly to Santorini as a tourist and get acquainted with the life of the island. This will help you better prepare for the future solemn event, as you will be able to accurately choose the place you like for the ceremony, hotel, temple and other related conditions. In addition, if you plan to spend your “honeymoon” right there on the island, then this will also be an advantage: you will already know exactly which hotel to stay in.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About an Interfaith Wedding

The number of interreligious partnerships has steadily increased in recent years. Since not only the elements and processes of marriage and marriage rituals differ, but also the understanding of marriage in the various religions, brief introductions to some aspects of partnerships between Christian and non-Christian people follow at this point. The descriptions relate to the specific context and characteristics of religious traditions in more countries.

1. Interfaith Wedding – Practices and Situations in Other Countries

In practice, interfaith wedding celebrations are rather rare and they are usually not welcomed from the perspective of the respective religions. The majority of couples therefore opt for a wedding according to one of the two religious traditions, such as marriages between Christians and Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists. In an interreligious partnership with a Jewish person, marriage in the synagogue is out of the question. In both the Reformed and Roman Catholic Churches it is possible to incorporate non-Christian elements to varying degrees with pastoral sensitivity. Contrary to many other countries, in Switzerland, for example, a religious ceremony is only an individual addition, but by law it is not binding. Couples who want to get married in Switzerland must therefore have been married in a civil ceremony before the religious ceremony.

2. Interfaith Wedding – Rules to Follow

From a Christian point of view, there is basically nothing against a marriage of a couple of different religions. In order to be married in a Roman Catholic Church, one of the spouses must be a baptized Catholic and a member of the Roman Catholic Church. The other can belong to another denomination or no religion, in which case a dispensation by the diocese leadership is required. Further requirements are that neither of the two has ever entered into a sacramental marriage. In order to be able to get married in a Protestant-Reformed church, one of the two spouses must belong to a Reformed or another Protestant church. It is also possible for a non-Reformed couple to marry if they intend to lead the marriage in a Christian sense.
Church weddings differ in their elements depending on the denomination, but also in their theological understanding. The main difference between the Roman Catholic and the Evangelical-Reformed Church is that in the Evangelical faith the marriage ceremony is a marriage blessing, in the Catholic faith it is a sacrament. A sacramental marriage is fundamentally indissoluble. Under certain circumstances, a “natural marriage” between two non-Christians can be recognized by the Catholic Church as valid, i.e. sacramental. Before a church wedding, there is always a detailed pastoral conversation with the two – the bride and groom. In the Catholic Church, witnesses play a role in the wedding service, where they witness the wedding by their presence and sign the wedding document at the end. In a Protestant-Reformed wedding ceremony, witnesses and other people can also take on roles in the celebration in a participatory sense.

The marriage covenant is usually publicly proclaimed with a liturgical celebration in the church. In the Evangelical-Reformed Church this takes place as part of a Protestant service, in the Catholic Church as part of a Mass or a celebration of the Word of God. Important elements are the opening with the couple entering the church, prayers, readings, intercession and blessing. The actual wedding ceremony forms the central part, in which the bride and groom give each other the wedding vows or say the wedding saying or the “yes” word and exchange the rings. In the Evangelical Reformed Church the couple is blessed, in the Roman Catholic Church the rings are also blessed. In the case of a Roman Catholic mass, the ceremony ends with the celebration of the Eucharist, in the case of a Liturgy of the Word as well as a Protestant-Reformed service, the celebration ends with the “Lord’s Prayer”/”Our Father” prayer and a final blessing.

This is often followed by a social festival, where everyone eats and celebrates together. Depending on the size of the wedding party, it is also possible that only some of the guests are invited. According to the teachings of the Catholic Church, for the final realization of a sacramental marriage, physical consummation, i.e. sexual intercourse, is required in addition to the “yes” word. Only then is it considered indissoluble.

3. Interfaith Wedding – Muslim and Christian Wedding

A Muslim can marry a Christian. He has to be a role model and help his wife to live her faith, for example he has to drive her to church. Mutual children become Muslim. From the Islamic side, a woman’s conversion is highly recommended. When a Muslim marries a Christian, the marriage ceremony can be performed as described above. In addition, the hodja explains the difficulties of an interfaith marriage and the special duties of the man and the rights of the woman to practice religion. From an Islamic point of view, a Christian cannot marry a Muslim woman without first converting to Islam himself. Although this is very simple, it must be carefully considered, since there is only one entry but no exit from Islam. Basically, a marriage is for life. Divorce is possible according to Islamic law, but it is only considered the very last option if living together is really not possible.

Before the Islamic ceremony, the bridal couple must have been legally married. The hodja (or imam – prayer leader) submits the marriage form together with all the details of the bride, the groom and the two witnesses, i.e. two men or one man and two women. In Albanian weddings, both fathers are also present, in Turkish weddings the immediate bridal gift, called “small Mehir”, is also noted (e.g. money, gold jewelry, real estate). The ceremony usually takes place in a private apartment or in a “mescid” (mosque, prayer room). The hodja explains the rights and obligations of starting a family and asks the bride and groom whether they want to marry each other and whether there is no compulsion. If the witnesses can confirm the statements, they sign the marriage form after the bridal couple, and in the case of Albanian weddings both fathers as well. The hodja also gives his signature after asking the woman for her consent to the mehir – this dowry is given to the woman in the event of a divorce or the death of her husband. At the end of the ceremony, the hodja recites a dua: a prayer of blessing for the bridal couple, for their health and their future children. Afterwards there is a meal together or an aperitif. Usually only the closest family members are involved. A large social celebration in a rented hall often takes place later, and several hundred to sometimes over 1,000 guests are invited.

4. Interfaith Wedding – Jewish and Christian Wedding

The marriage of a Jew with a non-Jew has no binding force under Jewish religious law and is religiously invalid, even if it has been blessed by a hundred rabbis. In practice, however, the feelings are not always based on religious laws, which is why there are many Jewish-Christian mixed marriages. According to conservative estimates, this should be about a third of all marriages. A wedding celebration in a synagogue is excluded. The only way to legally marry a Jew would be to convert to Judaism. However, this is not easy and if the conversion is only to take place for marriage reasons, there will hardly be a rabbi who will support him. If the mother is Jewish, the children are considered Jewish under Jewish law, even if the marriage is not considered valid. Conversely, a Jewish father cannot pass on his Judaism to his children if the mother is not Jewish – even if he is a practicing Jew and the whole family observes the religious laws. If the mother converts to Judaism, then the children are also recognized as Jewish.

The marriage of a Jewish man to a Jewish woman is considered the most important moment in Jewish life – life without a partner is not a complete life. The Torah only sees the moment of maturity is reached with marriage. Marriage is preceded by engagement as an obligation to marry in due course. The “conditions”, such as the date and the financing of the wedding, the maintenance of the young couple and their consent are recorded in writing and after both have signed, a plate is broken. On the wedding day, the bridal couple fasts and the bride attends the ritual bath (mikveh). A rabbi leads the wedding ceremony in the synagogue. The celebration takes place under the “chuppah” (wedding canopy) and its elements are:

  • a blessing over a glass of wine that the bride and groom drink from;
  • the groom puts the ring on the bride’s finger;
  • the rabbi reads the ketubá, and the groom hands it over to the bride;
  • the rabbi says the seven blessings of marriage;
  • the bride and groom take another sip of wine and the groom crushes the glass with his foot.

At the end, the couple retires to a room and eats the first light meal after the fasting day. Only after the two have been alone for a while is the ceremony over. The course of the celebration may vary.

5. Interfaith Wedding – Hindu and Christian Wedding

About 85% of Tamils ​​are Hindus, 10% Christians and 5% Muslims. The minority of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka has come together closely and there are basically no fears of contact between Hindus and Christians. Tamil Hindus can easily marry Christians and this is happening more often in Sri Lanka. If both are Tamil, there are no major cultural differences to consider, and since Christians are caste-free, caste does not need to be considered. Traditionally, marriage is mediated by the parents. Some points have to be right, for example the caste and the horoscope. Especially in the diaspora, caste differences are no longer so important and there are more and more marriages of different castes. The horoscope is also not so important in love marriages, because affection can override the astrological component.

Although a prerequisite for a religious marriage, it is not considered marriage for Hindus. Socially speaking, couples who only have the official blessing live in unmarried marriages. Marriages between Hindus and Christians are practically exclusively love marriages, because interreligious partnerships are hardly mediated.

The exact timing of the Hindu marriage ceremony is determined according to the horoscope. Certain days or months are unfavorable for getting married and so the possible dates are limited, especially if the wedding is to take place on the weekend. The ceremony usually takes place in a rented hall of a restaurant or a parish hall. The Hindu temple is usually too small for this and also requires ritual purity. The following are considered ritually unclean: anyone who has eaten meat or drunk alcohol, menstruating women, married couples whose child is less than a month old, mourners for a period of time. In a neutral hall, on the other hand, the cleanliness regulations are not as strict.

The bridal couple needs two witnesses, preferably parents or siblings. In addition, three more people are needed during the ceremony. Guests come in any number. The ceremony begins without a bride. The first puja (worship ritual) is for the elephant-headed god Ganesha with a request for a successful wedding ceremony. The next ceremony is for the pair of gods Parvati and Shiva, blessing the wedding necklace Tali. The groomsman leads the bride to the groom. He gives her the tali and a special wedding sari, which she then puts on. While the couple sits in the manvarai, the wedding canopy, the priest performs the lengthy puja with many recitations, after which they circle the sacrificial fire three times. The bride and groom then leave the ceremony site and give each other food, which concludes the actual religious ceremony. The guests will then receive a vegetarian wedding meal.

6. How to Organize an Interfaith Wedding

6. How to Organize an Interfaith Wedding

Nowadays, binational couples are more and more numerous. If this is your case, you will therefore have to think about organizing an interfaith wedding since your families probably do not share the same religion! But don’t panic, the language of love is understood all over the world. You will still have to make sure that there are no obstacles in your marriage if you marry someone of another religion. All guests should feel comfortable and welcome at such an important event. It’s not just two different traditions and religions that come together, it’s also two different languages, or sometimes more! It is therefore all the more important to plan your wedding from start to finish with the utmost care. Thus, all guests can feel at home.

It all starts with choosing the date of the wedding and sending out the invitations. Announcements must be written in both languages ​​so that all guests understand them and do not feel excluded. It is a sign of respect for families, it shows that no country and religion is more important than another. It is best if invitations are sent out in advance so guests can plan their trip with time. It is also important that the bride and groom provide support regarding hotels, transportation, etc.

Regarding the speeches of the spouses or the family, it is obvious that all the guests will want to understand them. It is advisable to give your speech in your native language and then translate it into English or your partner’s native language. The couple can do it themselves or the translation can be done by a friend. You can also try your hand at a few sentences (or even the whole speech) in the native language of your great love, what matters is to show your good will! Guests will be pleasantly surprised by your initiative. It will make the moment even more unique and special! If you choose to celebrate a secular ceremony, it is possible to use a bilingual celebrant so that all guests follow the important moments. Another solution is to hire a simultaneous translation service and provide headphones for foreign guests. Of course, the ceremony of an interfaith wedding will be longer than a traditional ceremony. It is important to take this into account and discuss it with the officiant so that it is not too long and boring.

Respect for different cultures and religions must be present in all the details of the wedding. It is important that all visuals and texts on the big day are written in both languages. The invitation, the program of the ceremony, but also the wedding menu and the signs of your reception. After all, it is important that foreign guests are well oriented and feel at home.
It does not matter where the wedding is celebrated, it is important to remember that some typical and “normal” foods for the people of the host country, may be too exotic or strange for some. Your wedding menu could be a mix between your cultures, but always respecting the most sensitive palates. Pay particular attention to spicy seasonings. For the service, the ideal is to hire at least one waiter or butler who speaks English (or the language of your partner). Thus, all your guests can count on the assistance of a professional who can serve them best. They will also be able to ask all the questions they want about the menu.

A wedding isn’t meant to keep the dance floor empty, is it? So, be careful when selecting songs for your wedding. It is recommended that you prepare a list of the best music from each country with your partner. You can also include songs common to both cultures. Do not hesitate to ask your DJ to favor international music.

All in all, remember that the wedding is made up of a multitude of personalities, so it is essential to think of each guest. Strangers travel and schedule their schedules to experience that special moment with you.

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Vendors Needed for a Wedding – Planning Your Wedding From A to Z

Did you just get engaged? Congratulations! If you’re not sure where to turn or where to start when planning your dream wedding, here’s a comprehensive list of what to think about. Of course, this list is to be adapted according to your tastes and your needs; not all marriages need to be the same – and that’s good. Rather than spending hours gathering information from right to left, find all the information to know how to organize your wedding step by step, and manage the preparations as well as possible. From the choice of the date to that of the service providers, including the budget, the list of guests and the administrative procedures, launch yourself serenely into the preparation of the big day, alone or through an agency, but never without this guide!

1. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – Considering the View From a Perspective

1. Vendors Needed for a Wedding - Considering the View From a Perspective

It is not necessary to start planning a wedding the day after the engagement; it is also ok to appreciate the moment before launching. But before falling into the organizational stage, it is best to define and/or agree on the main lines, starting with:

  • the number of guests – at this stage it is not an exact number that you want but simply to know if you are in the register of “your immediate family and your close friends only” (say, 20 to 50 people), “the family community and colleagues” (50 to 100 people) or “everyone you know and your parents know! (sky’s the limit, up to 300 people or more!);
  • the budget – again, you don’t need an exact amount, just an understanding of what you have to spend. Do you have money to spare or can you count on gifts or other family support, for example?
  • the formula – are you thinking about a church ceremony followed by a reception in a hall? Is it more of a civil ceremony, either at the courthouse or in another location (celebrants travel everywhere)? Do you want something different: a wedding on the huge lot at your parents’ house, in a cottage on the edge of a lake, on a beach somewhere?
  • the date – sometimes the date is inflexible (because of a long vacation, your ability to take a vacation, or the availability of certain guests to travel) and it is the other factors (say, the location) that must conform to it. Sometimes the date can vary a little, for example depending on the availability of a place that you absolutely love and want. The idea at this stage is to know roughly when it would be, whether it is a month or a given season (example: in the fall of next year);

Note that many times people plan a wedding a year in advance, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. A memorable wedding can also be planned in a few months, probably with some compromises (i.e. your dream venue may already be booked). A “small” and simple wedding can be prepared in a few weeks.

1.1. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – Lists

Not everyone works the same way for the organization, but the important thing is to have a system to manage everything related to this project. It can be an Excel file, a binder, a folder on the computer, a Pinterest board, etc. Realistically, it will probably be a mixture of all of these! Be sure to save this list.

1.2. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – The Place

The place where your wedding will take place remains the centerpiece that you should reserve before anything else. The choice of location could determine other factors, such as the date, the style of reception or the number of guests (minimum or maximum). Places – reception halls, restaurants, inns, hotels – that are accustomed to hosting weddings can often recommend suppliers or have partnerships with them (for example a given caterer, DJ or pastry chef).

1.3. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – The Caterer

If the place doesn’t cater to food and/or drink, this is the 2nd biggest bite, pick up pretty quickly. Note that options other than a sit-down meal or even doing business with a caterer are possible:

  • a buffet;
  • cocktails;
  • the family prepares the food themselves;
  • a “potluck” formula;
  • a reception outside of mealtimes with only desserts or a candy table etc.

1.4. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – The Officiant

Whether it is for a religious or civil ceremony, the person who marries you is important and they should ideally have a good “fit” with you. You will need to meet her at least a few times beforehand.

1.5. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – The Photographer and the Videographer

It is good to reserve this (these) resource(s) quite early in the process, to ensure that people are available.

1.6. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – The Florist

This person can, for example, inform you about the availability of certain products according to the season and direct your vision…

1.7. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – The DJ or the Band

Because music is important! Note that a super good playlist on Spotify is also possible.

1.8. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – The Clothes and Accessories

As these often require adjustments, it is good to give yourself time (several months) – talking as much about the clothes of the bride and groom as those of the procession and the close family.

1.9. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – The Baker

It’s not essential to have a traditional wedding cake (there are other options), but it’s part of what people remember! Bring pictures of what you like.

1.10. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – The Invitations

It is possible to have them printed, to have them calligraphy or to do it yourself! A good guide: it is usually recommended to send them 2 to 3 months in advance (not applicable in all situations). The actual number of guests will be fixed following the responses of the guests, which will notify all the suppliers for whom this number is relevant (caterer, pastry chef, rental, etc.).

1.11. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – The Decorations

Are there things to prepare for the room? A guest book, posters, banners, etc. Gifts for guests can also be entered in this category.

1.12. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – The Process and Logistics

How will transport work, what time the bride and groom should be ready, when the room will be available, etc. It’s time to choose “delegates”, that is to say trusted people close to the couple, who will be able to carry out various tasks: welcoming people when they arrive at the place of the ceremony, preparing the room, fetching things and bringing them to the reception venue… It is good at this stage to reconfirm this procedure (time of arrival, etc.) with all the suppliers. So far, you’ve probably given most of them deposits, but right before the wedding (or sometimes even the day of) it’s time to pay them in full.

2. Vendors Needed for a Wedding – How To Choose the Right Vendors for Your Wedding

2. Vendors Needed for a Wedding - How To Choose the Right Vendors for Your Wedding

It might be challenging to know where to begin when picking the best suppliers for your wedding. How can you be sure you can trust this supplier if you’re giving them a sizable chunk of your money? Will they deliver the service you require at the standard you anticipate? How can you be certain that your choice was the best one? These pointers can help you have faith in your wedding service provider.

The first thing to do is ask your recently married friends and loved ones for recommendations. Their experience is very useful. Also ask the vendors you book who they recommend for the different elements of your wedding. For example, photographers can often recommend videographers, hairstylists and makeup artists. Florists can usually recommend pastry chefs and decorating companies. Your place of reception can also help you by recommending some vendors to book.

Consult online the opinions of Internet users in relation to the suppliers you have chosen. Indeed, online reviews are a great way to get an idea of ​​the quality of suppliers. Sometimes most people are only motivated to write reviews for the absolute best or worst experiences. How a vendor handles a bad review says a lot about thousands of 5-star ratings. When a good vendor receives a bad review, they always respond, apologize, identify what went wrong, and offer to fix the situation. Bad vendors make bad reviews worse by arguing with, or even worse, ignoring customers with a valid concern.

Check your potential supplier’s social media accounts to get an idea of ​​their level of professionalism and general vibe. Do they post regularly? Reputable sellers know that the wedding industry thrives on social media. Being part of the conversation with regular posts indicates that your supplier knows the latest trends. Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words, but to get an idea of ​​how your provider actually works, check out the comments section. Don’t just wait for a response to every comment, but keep scrolling until you find specific answers that can lead you to make a decision.

You’ve followed your potential supplier’s Instagram and Facebook accounts and they look cool. Great! Now it’s time to see their website and assure that they are legit. You are hiring wedding vendors, not web developers so you are not looking for the latest technology. Because of this, if your provider is serious about what they do, they will have a professional-looking website with information about their services. Check that your provider’s website has been updated recently with up-to-date contact information and contains useful details about their services, background and skills so you can make an informed decision.

Overall, as with everything else in life, you get what you pay for when it comes to weddings. The sellers’ costs vary based on their qualifications, the caliber of their work, and their professionalism. Avoid being tempted to choose the less expensive options if you want to have peace of mind on your wedding day; they are rarely a good deal.

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Modern Wedding Themes – How and Which Wedding Themes to Choose in 2022

Have you chosen the date and place of your wedding reception? Now is the time to think about the decor. But for that, you have to choose a wedding theme! But how to define the wedding theme that corresponds to your couple? And besides, what are the trendy and modern wedding themes in 2022? Realization of wedding invitations, choice of dress, bouquet, decoration of the place of marriage (religious or secular) as well as the place of reception, the menu… In short, all the organization of the wedding can only take shape from when a theme has been decided.

1. Modern Wedding – How to Choose Your Wedding Theme

1. Modern Wedding - How to Choose Your Wedding Theme

Choosing a wedding theme may, at first glance, seem complicated, yet there is nothing to panic about. The atmosphere is sometimes the result of a style, a trend, or it arises from a particular affection for one or more colors, a city, a country or a flower or even a symbol. Consider this theme as a common thread, which will support the coherence of this big day. Consultation with your other half is essential: the universe chosen for this wedding must resemble you. Try to choose a theme in line with the season (and avoid the spring-style wedding in the middle of winter), and which sticks to the place of reception. To help you see more clearly, make style boards, take photos and samples of what you want, and see if everything is harmonious.

2. Modern Wedding Themes and Ideas

1. A classic chic style wedding. This is the traditional wedding theme par excellence. White is dominant and the colors remain sober, the details and accessories chosen with care. If it is classic, this genre remains customizable, thanks to elements specific to your history, your common passions. A little gold, in the candlesticks, vegetational frames, dishes, invitation cards, menus… will make it more sophisticated.

2. Modern Wedding Themes and Ideas - classic and chic wedding

2. A bohemian-style wedding. Bohemian-style weddings continue to appeal to bridal couples. This theme, as in decoration, is vaporous, authentic and dreamlike, conducive to elegance and fantasy. Trees, lace, wood, feathers, ribbons, natural plants mingle for a more beautiful effect. For the dress, the bride can afford a light but refined dress in silk veil, for example, with wide sleeves or thin straps, depending on the season. For the hairstyle, think about loose braids, soft buns, beautiful waves with a few small flowers or even a crown of flowers. In general, these weddings take place in gardens, parks, as close as possible to nature, which is highlighted in the evening by lanterns, photophores, garlands, paper lanterns… But if you must, for any reason whatsoever, organize your reception in an enclosed space, prefer natural materials: wooden tables, porcelain dishes, linen napkins, topped with floral arrangements.

2. Modern Wedding Themes and Ideas - bohemian wedding

3. A chic country style wedding. The chic country wedding is also always popular, moreover, it remains close to the bohemian wedding, since it has turned towards nature. On the other hand, it is a must to organize this reception in the green, in a farm, a garden with a barn nearby to shelter in case the rain invites itself in the evening.

2. Modern Wedding Themes and Ideas - country wedding

4. A folk-style wedding. Your love for your native region is such that you want to make it the theme of your wedding. Then the folk style wedding is for you. Drawing from the typical colors of your region, its characteristic elements, for the entertainment, call on dancers, traditional singers, the atmosphere will only be warmer. For the modern side, prepare a wine reception/meal of revisited specialties.

2. Modern Wedding Themes and Ideas - folk wedding

5. The green wedding. Ecology is not a trend but rather a way of life that you will not turn your back on one of the best days of your life. The ecological marriage then becomes obvious. Its organization begins with the choice of the place of reception. Preferably a green space that will not require family and friends to travel too long distances. This could also be seen as a modern tropical wedding. For the decoration, the preference is home-made. Collect and divert different objects: glass jars to make candle holders with which your guests can leave, borrow the family furniture to install it in the reception room. Make way for light, neutral tones, such as brown, gray, bench, green… (shaded in a pretty monochrome they will create more relief), natural materials: wood, rattan, raffia, glass. Swap flower arrangements for potted flowers, field flowers or baskets of fresh fruits and/or vegetables. Choose recyclable materials. For the outfits, the bride and groom can opt for second-hand, vintage or not.

2. Modern Wedding Themes and Ideas - green wedding

6. The vintage-style wedding. Nostalgics are fond of retro-style weddings, which are similar to green weddings, because they are based on the same codes: taking up furniture, objects and accessories that have a history and, if necessary, bringing them a little freshness. Choose your era, for example the 70s, go find some key elements such as disco balls. In another genre, why not take inspiration from an old-fashioned funfair with its delicacy stands and entertainment.

2. Modern Wedding Themes and Ideas - vintage wedding

7. A minimalist style wedding. A modern wedding rhymes with a minimalist wedding. Again, it’s more of a philosophy of life: get rid of the superfluous, purify the space, to focus on the essentials. If you are in this state of mind, it is impossible to betray it on the wedding day. So, for the decor, turn to white: household linen, seats, ceramic accessories, geometric shapes for more modernity, some light wood for warmth. Many couples that want their wedding to be a minimalist one are choosing rooftops as their wedding spaces, because there is enough space and enough fresh air to breathe. But if there is a key word it is simplicity. And the same goes for choosing your outfits, orient yourself towards sober cuts, without fuss. The groom can wear an elegant and discreet suit, perhaps in linen, if the weather allows it.

2. Modern Wedding Themes and Ideas - minimalist wedding

8. An oriental wedding style. Do you want to get married in the respect of oriental traditions or more simply give an exotic air to your ceremony? The countries of the East each have their traditions, their colors, their dishes… Immerse yourself in that of your heart and remove those elements which for you embody it.

2. Modern Wedding Themes and Ideas - oriental wedding

3. Modern Wedding – Trendy Colors for Your Wedding

3. Modern Wedding - Trendy Colors for Your Wedding

The trendiest wedding themes of the year rely on colors and color combinations. The most used colors are:

  1. White, for a chic wedding in an eco-friendly, oriental, cultural, minimalist, bohemian style… A symbol of purity and peace, white is luminous and has the advantage of sublimating any type of material or fabric. On a white tablecloth, imagine a vegetal table runner in green and white, bouquets of white flowers, give sparkle and elegance to your decor with a few touches of gold (candle holders, candlesticks and other accessories), play with the transparency of glass, plexiglass (for the chairs) and don’t forget that wood provides warmth.
  2. Rose gold and white for a romantic, country chic wedding. The union of rose gold and white brings finesse and poetry. Let the white dominate and sprinkle it with notes of rose: compose bouquets of pink and white flowers, prepare place cards in rose gold or white and tie a pink flower to them, unroll the white tablecloths with a pink table runner, sprinkled with “gold dust”. Create a delicate contrast so as not to become sickening. The duo of colors can be present in your dress or if you prefer an immaculate dress, dress the bridesmaids in pink. You can even ask your guests to play a game of this color code.
  3. Red for a wedding centered on passion and love. Red symbolizes love and passion, this will not have escaped you. Of course, it’s not about creating a total look, that would be too much. But rather, make it with subtlety: arrange beautiful bouquets of red roses on the immaculate tables, brighten up your menus with small roses or red hearts, use red napkins or use a red ribbon to tie a white napkin…
  4. Blue and navy blue for an elegant, modern and exotic or a beach wedding. Blue, from turquoise to navy, leads the way offshore. And when you get married by the sea, the marine style is all found. Do not hesitate in this case to use elements that evoke this universe: sand, shells, driftwood… But blue can also give a decoration a zest of modernity, like denim blue, unexpected and relaxed, which in contact with certain materials such as crystal, gilding, pendants allows you to create a refined and unfussy decor.

To conclude, there are plenty of modern wedding themes and ideas to choose from. All you have to do is have a talk with your beloved one, think about your personalities and what best suits each other and then choose one predominant modern wedding theme. Also, don’t forget to follow the color palette that is strictly linked to your wedding theme. After all, your wedding day should be a once in a lifetime event and, therefore, you should be completely happy and satisfied with the choices you make.

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How to Successfully Write Your Own Wedding Vows?

The exchange of vows: undoubtedly one of the most moving moments of a wedding… and one of the most disturbing too. To alleviate the anxiety of the blank page, here are some tips to help you write them as calmly as possible.

1. What are wedding vows?

A must in all wedding ceremonies (civil, religious, secular…) the exchange of vows is a beautiful moment during which the spouses commit themselves out loud in front of their loved ones. And bear witness to the commitments and promises they make to each other. If it is a key moment of the ceremony, it is because this time is very strong: the spouses prove their love in front of their guests and promise each other support and mutual comfort. To exchange your vows completely freely, a secular ceremony will be ideal. Indeed, the exchange of vows remains a very codified moment in the church (spouses commit themselves before God and the religious community) and at the town hall (spouses undertake to respect legal obligations). The secular ceremony allows for total freedom, both in tone and in the themes addressed… And allows an entirely personalized exchange of vows!

The exchange of vows is this moment when you must speak, each in turn, in front of your loved ones to express the love you have for your other half. In fact, why did you choose to commit to each other? This statement is directly addressed to the person concerned, and even if it makes you stress, relax, you are not taking an oral exam, you just have to let your feelings express themselves! In a secular ceremony, the wedding speech usually takes place just before the wedding rings are exchanged. The ideal is not to repeat what the officiant has already said about you. Prefer a wedding speech oriented on your feelings and personal anecdotes.

In a more traditional church wedding, the exchange of vows is summed up by consent. If you want to add a few more original touches, nothing prevents you from talking about it beforehand, with the priest who unites you.

2. Writing your own wedding vows – What form do wedding vows take?

2. Writing Your Own Wedding Vows - What Form Do Wedding Vows Take

Writing wedding vows is not an easy task – whether it’s your first marriage or your renewal of vows after many years together. Talking about your feelings, your expectations, the way you envision your engagement and your future life as a couple without spreading out too much… All of this can be complicated to put down on paper. Especially since it is risky to improvise your wedding vows. Indeed, the emotion will be such on the wedding that you will probably find it difficult to invent a text at the time. A text written in advance will give you the confidence to overcome the flood of emotions of the day.

First, make sure you have discussed with your spouse beforehand the form your vows will take. The length and tone of your vows should be similar so as not to create discomfort on the wedding day. Then, go out of your way to write your vows yourself. If the temptation is great to borrow from great authors or Youtube videos, it will take away the authenticity from your vows if they are just a copy/paste from someone else. Remember your vows! Once you have a final version, do not hesitate to clean them on a thick sheet of paper, in a pretty notebook, or even on an original support – like a ribbon! This will make a nice keepsake to keep throughout your wedding.

3. How to successfully write your own wedding vows

And you? How do you intend to declare your commitment to the loved one? What do you want to promise him? To help you write your vows, here are some rules to follow:

  • Rule number 1 – be inspired! What are you talking about ? What are wedding vows? Why should you write your wedding vows? It’s basically THE declaration of love to your darling. The one you are going to proclaim in front of the witnesses of your love, that is to say your guests;
  • Rule number 2 – again, be inspired! Don’t know what to write in your wedding vows? Here are some ideas of themes from which you can start: your meeting, his/her qualities, his/her faults that you like, your daily life, family, your commonalities, what you intend to change… or on the contrary what will never change, and, of course, your feelings. In fact, the inspiration is simple: it is YOU – you, the other, your couple;
  • Rule number 3 – agree with each other! Of course, you are going to write your wedding vows each on his own. But to be on the same wavelength, it is advisable that you consult with your partner on the length of the message and a minimum of common thread (without revealing anything about the content). Generally, people start their vows with a “I promise you”. But it could be: “I love you because…”, “I’m marrying you because…”, “I wish…”, “I want…”, “I say yes to…”. In short, it’s as you want it, be imaginative;
  • Rule number 4 – in front of whom? At what moment? As a general rule, vows are exchanged during: the religious ceremony, the secular ceremony but also the civil ceremony (to be confirmed with the town hall to insert this during the protocol) or even at the wedding party… But there is one thing that you need to know – there is no general rule! This could very well be done face to face: for the most modest of you. Indeed, as for the alliances, it is not obligatory to make your declaration of love in front of everyone. Only the exchange of consents at the town hall is mandatory in front of witnesses. Basically say “yes” in response to legal texts;
  • Rule number 5 – reread your vows! Just to be sure that your message is intelligible. Above all, it allows you to know if your speech is understandable. The ideal is to call on a neutral third party. But it’s not mandatory. You can also keep the scoop of the message for your man (or wife);
  • Rule number 6 – break the first rule and be genuine! Your wishes are personal. It’s not because you saw some wedding vows online that you have to talk about your meeting, and what your partner means to you, etc… that you must necessarily follow this path. If you like talking about how he stores groceries, then do it! If you feel like writing your wedding vows like a poem, then go! Or even a song against a background of scratches… so sing!

Depending on your sensitivity, your ease in writing and your ability to speak in public, you can:

  • write your wedding vows on a piece of paper and read them;
  • learn them by heart;
  • improvise and let your heart speak on the wedding day.

3.1. Preparing your wedding vows

The key word is ANTICIPATION! Immediately remove from your mind the “I will improvise when the time comes according to my feeling”. Why? Because the emotion of the event and public speaking will certainly destabilize you. And even if you are used to speeches. To prepare well, write down your ideas, even in bulk, in a notebook or in the notes on your phone. When you have an idea, write it down. When your other half has a little tic that makes you melt, think about putting it down on paper so you can talk about it on the wedding day… Write down everything! You can come back to them later to rearrange them. Remember that your speech should not be too long: 3 to 5 minutes is more than enough (about 40 to 50 sentences), since the celebrant of the ceremony also provides many details about your life together. Finally, nothing obliges you to prepare your wedding vows alone and confidentially. If it reassures you, you can write them with your spouse. The advantage is to be able to help each other and stay on the same wavelength in your writings. Moreover, take inspiration from the testimonials and advice for writing your wedding vows, which already exist.

Although you will have a large audience watching you, the key to a successful wedding speech is to keep it natural and simple. You must express your feelings by opening your heart spontaneously. When writing your vows, focus on your feelings, and ask yourself about your own story:

  • How did you meet?
  • What has his/her entry into your life brought you?
  • What are the defining moments in your history?
  • What are your best memories?
  • How do you see the future together?

To make your writing easier, stay in the timeline. For example, you can start your speech with:

  • “Our story began with…”;
  • “I always knew that…”;
  • “Now that we’re at it, I had to tell you that…”.

To find the ideal frame, play on the balance between: emotion and humor. A speech that is too humorous might not be taken seriously and perhaps even evoke a feeling of general unease if it is misunderstood because of too many private jokes elusive by ordinary mortals. Conversely, a speech that is too romantic and recited without emotion could be tiring. Find the happy medium and liven up your wedding vows with a quote, a reference from a movie or a song that everyone knows.

Well, what you’ve written satisfies you for your wedding speech? Perfect! All that remains is to re-read several times and practice. On the one hand you will be able to fine-tune a few details, on the other, you will avoid last minute confusion. Flowing wedding vows are better!

3.2. Alternative to wedding vows

If your church or town hall does not allow you to include your personalized wishes during your ceremony – and you are not organizing a secular ceremony – nothing prevents you from finding another solution. You can, if you wish, exchange your vows through love letters (letters can be read just before your wedding, for example). The spouses will thus read their letters at the same time. You can also write your vows and have them read to your spouse before or after the wedding. Or choose an existing text to read or recite together.

All in all, once your text has been written, do not hesitate to show it to loved ones to ask their opinion and to read it again aloud several times. The emotion will be at its peak on your wedding day, so you will have to take into account any breaks… If you can, try to memorize your text (if it is not too long, of course) if you don’t want to clutter up with sheets or a notebook on the wedding day. All that being said, good luck and have a happy and wonderful celebration!

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