Gone are the days when wedding ceremonies followed a strict and rigid formula. Nowadays, couples have the freedom to create a unique and personalized wedding ceremony that reflects their relationship and love. Most officiants today are eager to support their couples in this endeavor. However, it is still important to be mindful of certain dos and don’ts in order to make the wedding ceremony as special as you’ve always imagined. Here are the most common mistakes that officiants recommend avoiding.
Not Encouraging Guests to Take Their Seats
Wedding ceremonies have a start time for a reason, and it’s important for the officiant to encourage guests to take their seats. Otherwise, guests may become confused and stand until the end of the ceremony, which can be embarrassing, annoying, and negatively impact the positive energy of the moment.
Not Reminding Guests to Turn Off Their Cell Phones
With almost everyone having a cell phone, it’s crucial to remind guests to turn off their electronic devices. An “unplugged ceremony” where a sign is placed at the entrance requesting that all cell phones be silenced has become an increasingly popular option.
Not Preparing the Rings Ahead of Time
I have noticed that often that couples neglect to properly prepare their rings for the ceremony. Rings should be checked, removed from excessive packaging, and shined before the ceremony to avoid any confusion or difficulties during the ceremony.
Not Rehearsing the Ceremony Beforehand
It’s important to review the ceremony with your officiant beforehand to avoid any issues such as mispronunciation of names or important information. Reviewing the ceremony with your officiant a few times can help ensure the uniqueness and personalization of the ceremony.