and John do the Dew
big on ceremonial options, at least when it comes to medium
and large formal wedding ceremonies. Most of my couples are
too. For them, as for me, exchanging vows and rings are a great
start, but if a wedding ceremony is to be truly entertaining,
and not just a replication of the common wedding ceremony,
we have to do a bit more.
I interviewed John and Barb for their wedding ceremony I
showed them video footage of past couples using Unity Candles,the
sand ceremony, the blessing tree and wine sharing.
sharing caught their eye. Wine sharing is contemporary, unlike
the unity candle which has been on the western wedding scene
for four decades now. And the blessing tree and the sand ceremony
just wasn't them. Wine sharing, which can also be performed
with champaign, is elegant with no small element of romance,
and exceptionally photogenic.
was just one problem. John and Barb don't drink. Well prior
to their marriage, John and Barb decided to make a lifestyle
change, one that doesn't include alcohol in any form.
to do? Being that "Wine Sharing" was the option that
appealed to them most, but that alcoholic drink was not an
option, I asked them- "Well,.. what do you like to drink
like Mountain Dew" came the answer. I paused, then asked: "Why
not do the Dew?" Yes, why not wine share but with Mountain
Dew? They looked at each other and then agreed,- "Yes,
we'll do the Dew."
hundreds of their guests at the Oak Brook Marriott in Oak Brook,
Illinois, I explained the history of the wedding option that
John and Barb were about to partake in. Their guests already
knew of their lifestyle change and it tickled them to see the
couple recreate what looked like the romance of their first
date. The photo at top records this moment.
know that most any wedding ceremony option can be modified
as can any ceremony wording, or choreography, or seating, or
format, or reading or vow exchange etc. If
something doesn't completely suit your purpose for your wedding
ceremony, or nearly does, then give yourself permission to
change it. This webs site is filled with couples who chose
to modify their ceremonies to suite their needs. So go for
it. If your ideas are good I'll steal them and put them on
my web site.