Philip and I are creating our own ceremony. A friend of ours will be doing the officiating. Since the beginning, I was super excited about this. I knew it meant that the ceremony would be ours. No cookie cutter ceremony for us!
And then I started to actually put together the ceremony. It's a good bit of work! In the beginning, I was overwhelmed. I didn't know where to start or what should go where.
A few weeks ago, I was in Borders (the store was going closing so everything was 40-60% off! Score!) and came across this book:
|The Wedding Ceremony Planner: The Essential Guide to the Most Important Part of Your Wedding Day by Judith Johnson|
This book is fantastic. It gives a lot of examples to work from and it helps to give you an idea of the flow of the ceremony. It has been so helpful.
So helpful that I finished the ceremony this past weekend! Of course, I did get some inspiration from other sources. Especially for the "extras" in our ceremony, like the sand ceremony and the handfasting (the book gives ideas for a water ceremony or a candle ceremony but no sand ceremony or handfasting ceremony).
A few of the other sources I used were:
I wouldn't have been able to get it done, but Philip was sick. So, while he was sleeping, I powered through. I am really happy with what I've come up with! I'm not going to share it now because I'd like it to be a surprise for the wedding day, but I'll definitely share after the wedding is over.