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How To Make Your Ceremony-Only Event An Unforgettable One

  |  By Natalie Ho

Photography courtesy of L’Orangerie Photographie.

As we continue through the first half of this year, with many provinces still in some form of lockdown, you may be starting to think of tying the knot anyway and picking up your plans again when you know there’s nothing but green lights. You’re not alone! Just because you are having a ceremony-only event this year doesn’t mean it can’t be as magical as your wedding day would be.

So how do you make your ceremony memorable? Personalization is key to ensuring the moment is a reflection of you and your partner. Here are some ideas to explore:

Play the music you want at your wedding. If you are hiring a musician, get them to learn an acoustic version of your favorite dance song when you exit the aisle. Perhaps use your first dance song to walk down the aisle to, instead of a more traditional piece. Take time during your ceremony to play a song that means something to you and your partner, perhaps set to the backdrop of a photo slideshow. This is your wedding day, after all, so extend the length of the ceremony to fit in the pieces that reflect you.

Have speeches. Such a big part of your wedding day is hearing the words that your friends and family have been waiting to share with you. Instead of postponing this rite of passage, invite your family or best friends to speak at your wedding in lieu of a poem or other reading.

Broadcast it (and film it too). We’re all so accustomed to virtual hosting, it only seems fitting that you broadcast your ceremony to an audience. This could be a great opportunity for those that want to be there but can’t attend due to guest count limitations. Following the ceremony, your filmed video can be sent to guests as a save the date for your upcoming wedding party.

Give a gift. While your guests won’t be able to eat or drink onsite, consider sending them home with a sweet treat or beverage as a token of thanks for attending.

Make it a fashion moment! This is an opportunity to explore your bridal fashion dreams and presents you with an opportunity to have more than one dress and one look. Maybe you love your wedding dress and want to save it for your actual wedding party. Mix it up by going with a totally different look for your ceremony. (A very easy way to convince your partner you NEED the extra shoes!) 

Just remember, this day is all about you and your partner celebrating your love. Make it look and feel exactly the way you want it to. The ceremony is where you will be married, so it’s worth making memorable.

Natalie Ho has worked in the hospitality industry for over 16 years and is currently is the director of event sales for Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality. She has personally planned 350+ weddings and momentous events. Both creative and business-minded, Natalie is dedicated to growing her events business in out-of-the-box ways.


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