The wedding ceremony is the heart of your wedding day in Half Moon Bay.
While your wedding ceremony is not the most time consuming activities or the greatest expense of our wedding, when everything is said and done the ceremony is why it’s all happening.
Our Half Moon Bay Weddings By The Sea Intimate Ceremony Elopement Package includes beach or indoor location, officiant, bride/groom flowers, photography and assistance with your ceremony for only $1,620 or $1,950.
Here are 10 things you might consider in preparation for your wedding ceremony.
- Family Seating
Usually the mothers of the Bride are seated before the ceremony starts. Occasionally grandparents are seated also. You also need to decide who will escort the family in.
- Religious Or Secular Focus
Do either of you have a spiritual or religious tradition that you want to express in the ceremony or do you want a secular approach? Do you want mention of God or a prayer?
- Length Of Ceremony
The basic elements of a ceremony, including a talk by the officiant ,usually takes about 15 minutes. If a longer time is desired, then other elements need to be added to the ceremony.
- Other Elements
Things to add to the service might include readings, special music, the Unity Candle, poems, or a special talk by a family member.
- Briarl Party Entrance
The women can enter singly or the bridal party can enter as couples. The Bride can be escorted by a family member or significant person. If the women enter singly, then the men usually enter from the side along with the Groom and the officiant.
- Wedding Talk By Officiant
Usually the Officiant will give a few welcoming words and then give a short talk to the Bride and Groom. These can be general in nature or can include personal elements shared with the Officiant prior to the ceremony.
- Wedding Vows
There are hundreds of choices for vows, including writing your own. Here is selection of types of vows.
- Rings Exchange
What do you want to communicate during the rings exchange? What does it symbolize for you? The traditional is “With ring I thee wed.” But, it can be something unique as an exchange of commitment.
- Presentation Of The Couple
Traditionally, the Bride became a Mrs. so the introduction would be, “Ladies and Gentlemen may I introduce Mr. & Mrs. Fred Johnson. ” Some brides take their husbands name, but prefer to be announced as Mary and Fred, husband and wife. This also works well when the Bride is keeping her last name.
Music is a key part of a ceremony. The first decision is what musical style best represents you, Classical or more popular contemporary music. Next is whether to have live music or use the DJ for the ceremony. A soloist is also an option for part of the ceremony.