Details, Details, Details!
Wow, there are SO many details when you are planning a wedding: destination, venue, flowers, attire, photographer, cake, music, DJ, wedding registry, wedding planner, officiant, marriage license, save-the-date, invitations, gifts, choosing your wedding party – lots of things and people to check off your list and I'm sure I've left at least a dozen off this list!
Quite frankly, the actual ceremony is one of the last items to get attention and without it there would be no marriage. I suggest you think about what is important to you about your to-be spouse and the 'feel' you want your wedding ceremony to have. Do you want to include your family and friends for example? If so, you might have a mom or a friend do a favorite poem or reading. Who will escort you down the aisle? Do you want the officiant to ask – who presents or would you prefer a silent handoff? There are family issues sometimes that you aren't sure to handle – we all have them – you, your officiant and/or your planner can work these out. Do you want prayer or no? You can have a lovely, romantic and intimate ceremony without it being overly religious and with or without prayer. However, I personally think a short prayer which is in essence a blessing on your marriage is always a good thing.
Do you want a ritual? There are so many! A unity candle represents you are bringing all that you are into the marriage (by lighting the tapers) and becoming a new family by the lighting of the larger candle from the tapers. A tree-planting ceremony demonstrates that you realize a marriage begins with a seed and then flourishes into a full and abundant relationship; and that it needs nurturing and care in order to flourish. A rose ceremony is a way to thank your moms (and grandmas) for what they have been to you and also can represent that you now consider your spouse's mom to be yours as well. A rose presented upon entering to your mom and a rose to your spouse's mom on the way out. A sand ceremony is a great way to include the children from previous marriages. If your culture is Jewish, you might want a wine ceremony or the breaking of the glass. If Filipino, you may choose to honor your heritage with the traditional veil, cord and coin ceremonies.
At Wedding Vows Las Vegas, we have many options for you to choose from. Readings, wording for vows and for ring exchanges and rituals. We want to make your ceremony, your ceremony. I like to add in personal details or funny stories about the couple. Guests like to feel like they are insiders and sharing a few tidbits or 'little secrets' makes them feel more included in the festivities and are usually good for a chuckle. These both lighten the ceremony and make it more fun.
In addition to larger weddings, Las Vegas is a huge elopement market! And we love elopements. Sometimes the location of the elopement is the first detail to be worked out....do you want to have the Strip in the background or do you want to have the desert or the mountains? Most couples that elope definitely want a professional photographer in order to share their wedding day with friends and family back home. You will also need a witness and the photographer often serves as the witness. Whether you choose the photographer or the officiant first doesn't matter but there are a few things that do matter. Depending on the 'where' you may need transportation. The Dry Lake Bed is about 45-60 minutes from the Strip depending on traffic and Red Rock Canyon is about 30-45 minutes depending on traffic. You will need a permit for some locations and these take time and there is a fee. Do you want flowers? Would you like to have hair and make-up done for your special day? You can do an internet search or you can ask your officiant for recommendations. We are always happy to help. That help includes 'how to' get your marriage license. You really don't have to figure this out all by yourself; it's what we do.