Although the wedding reception is a fun celebration, many couples say the wedding ceremony is the best part of their wedding day. This is most likely because the ceremony is when your marriage becomes official. Although the ceremony is often the highlight of the wedding, planning and executing it can be difficult especially when it’s a destination wedding. That’s why we’ve created a list of the top seven wedding ceremony tips for a wedding in Italy.
Top 7 Wedding Ceremony Tips for a Wedding in Italy
The length of a wedding ceremony varies from 15 minutes to even over an hour. Of course, the length of your ceremony depends on what venue you choose and if you’re going to include a religious or spiritual element in your ceremony. For destination weddings however, the time can be quite confusing and speaking with your wedding planner about optimal times is important. After all, you don’t want weeks and months of planning to be gone in a mere 15 minutes.
Befriend the Officiant
The officiant is the person who leads your wedding ceremony. Since they are guiding the ceremony and ultimately setting up your marriage, you should get to know them. Not only will this help you feel more prepared and comfortable on your big day, but it could also make your ceremony more personal.
Consider Distance from Reception
There’s nothing worse than sitting at a wedding ceremony for two hours, just to drive 45 minutes to get to the reception. Not only does this waste time, but it is also inconvenient. Additionally, if you plan to offer transportation from your ceremony to your reception, then this could be extremely costly. With that being said, consider hosting your ceremony relatively close to the venue you’re going to host your reception in.
Give Yourself Time
It’s better to overestimate how long getting ready for your wedding ceremony will take you instead of underestimating. For example, it usually takes brides approximately three hours to get ready for their wedding. That being said, plan to start getting ready at least four hours before your wedding ceremony. Although you will most likely be ready way before the ceremony starts, you’ll be happy you have time to relax and get yourself together instead of rushing to finish your makeup or get to the venue.
Flowers play a key decorative role at a wedding ceremony. But, it’s important to not over-decorate with flowers. In other words, simply place a few arrangements at the entrance and the alter. Then, spread a few arrangements either along the aisle or throughout the venue. If you’re getting married at a garden or beach, consider using other decorations instead of flowers. Additionally, it’s important to remember that if you have a flower girl, ultimately the entire aisle will be decorated with flower petals.
The Importance of Seating
Although you and your ‘soon to be’ spouse won’t be sitting during your wedding ceremony, your friends, family, and other loved ones will. As previously stated, ceremonies can be decently long. The length of the ceremony alone should be enough to encourage you to offer comfortable seating. Not only will this help please your guests and contribute to the overall aesthetic of your wedding, but you won’t get distracted by guests shifting in their chairs or trying to nonchalantly stretch during your ceremony.
Don’t Stress Over a Program
Traditionally, a wedding ceremony included a program that included the announcement of the marriage, as well as the members of the wedding party, and any acknowledgments. If you choose to include a program, simply include the name of you and your spouse, the people in your wedding party, and any additional information guests might need about the ceremony, reception, and any other wedding events.
It’s important to realize that planning a wedding can be difficult and that difficulty goes up with each guest. This can be immensely multiplied for a destination wedding. If you’re planning a wedding in Italy be sure to use a professional wedding planner to make sure everything goes as planned.