Your wedding ceremony is the special time you get to stand up in front of all your friends and family to make (or renew) your vows to each other, exchange rings and sign the marriage register. It is also, traditionally, the time for celebratory music and readings, flowers and procession.
Couples choose to have either a religious ceremony, a non-religious ceremony, or a civil wedding/partnership. Religious ceremonies are held in a church or other religious building depending on whether the service is Church of England, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, etc. Non-religious ceremonies (Humanist, Buddhist, etc) and civil weddings/partnerships can take place in a register office or other licensed venue—you could get married outside in this country, on a football pitch or at the seaside. You could even consider having an inter-faith ceremony that combines both beliefs if you’re marrying someone from a different faith or culture.
Whatever type of ceremony you are planning, whether you’re both Christians marrying in church, or a couple wanting a ceremony with a difference and a relaxed Humanist slant, the vows you take are what make it a marriage ceremony. The register you sign is what makes it legal.
It’s a question asked by many brides every single year: how do I ask for cash instead of gifts without offending the guests? Read on for advice on the most tactful ways to ask for a gift of cash as well as some examples of poems to insert into your invitations. To ask or not to ask… read more
A bit of hearty singing can make your wedding ceremony extra memorable for all involved and that’s when familiar hymns come into their own. Here’s our guide to well-known wedding hymn choices that make for a great sing‐a‐long. Above: Eleanor and James’ Green and Pink Real Wedding With almost any style of wedding ceremony, this… read more
Inspirational readings about love and marriage are one of the most popular additions to wedding ceremonies. We have put together a classic collection of some of the most beautiful non-religious wedding readings. All you have to do is choose your favourite. No matter if you’re going for a religious reading or one that’s more secular, the… read more
If you’re planning to wear a white wedding dress and carry something old, something new, then you’re following tradition. Here are the origins of some of the best known wedding traditions and superstitions still used today. Most of us feel comfortable doing what is expected, and if it’s what our mothers and grandmothers did, it… read more
You could win your wedding worth an incredible £40,000, including up to £1,000 worth of wedding ceremony accessories in our free to enter competition. Take your pick from aisle decorations, themed ceremony sets, cute pet accessories, brand new vow books and so much more. Aisle Decorations A decorative backdrop and aisle runner creates an attractive dedicated… read more
Summer is here! The sun, the gentle breeze, the cocktails with lunch and all the barbecues, summer might be my favourite season; it may even inspire you to try hosting your wedding outdoors. Here’s everything that you’ll need to know for an al fresco wedding day. Getting married outside is fantastic! If you’re going for… read more
Make sure your ceremony is extra special and unique with some of these unusual wedding ceremony ideas, from the beautiful red rose ceremony to the unity sand ceremony, and even having your pets there! Bring Your Pets Do you have a furry little friend who you’d like to have at your wedding? Well feel free… read more
Should you or shouldn’t you? The wedding confetti dilemma is not about whether it’s wonderful to throw it, but whether you’re allowed to at your venue. Here’s the low down on confetti by the experts at Confetti. Confetti is the name given to what is thrown into the air in celebration as the bride and groom… read more
Many couples choose to add wedding readings to their ceremony, to break it up and add some humour or some extra romance. It can be jolly hard to find a reading that is perfect for the couple and the audience, well for Dr Seuss wedding readings I strongly recommend reading “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, don’t… read more
Intimate weddings are characterised by their smaller number of guests, and the overall, more low-key celebration atmosphere. Imagine a cosy sit-down dinner with only your closest family and friends, or a close-set ceremony venue that’s large enough only for a dozen or so people. Here are some intimate autumn ceremony ideas that prove you don’t… read more