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.
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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
The aisle is one of the biggest elements of the wedding ceremony, not least because the bride has to make her way down it toward the altar. Traditionally, it’s the first place her partner sees her too, and a more emotional moment there never was. Because the aisle is such a huge component, you’ll want… read more
In an ideal world, you could have your wedding on your terms: in the location you want, at the time you want, reciting the vows you want. Unfortunately, the UK has some pretty strict and strange rules concerning when and where legal weddings and civil partnerships can take place. It all boils down to one… read more
Ring cushions are a traditional wedding ceremony accessory that, in recent years, has grown gradually less popular. They’re dated, and many couples have lost interest in them. So, this season, Confetti.co.uk has remade them into beautiful, contemporary designs. These are ring cushions reinvented. Above: Burlap Chic Ring Cushion Confetti.co.uk brings a stunning modern take on… read more
Wedding poems bring your ceremony to life, with beautiful imagery, emotion or humour. Here is a collection of classic and contemporary poetry, including some lesser known non-rhyming verses and lightly humorous peices that are sure to move your guests and add an extra special element to your wedding day. Classic Wedding Poems For a more formal… read more