More and more newlyweds are turning to the format of outdoor wedding ceremonies. And indeed, it is a completely different experience, not similar to the usual paintings in the RATS: a romantic location, selected decor, a unique scenario — everything is like in the movies 🙂 But small mistakes can erase all the efforts of the newlyweds or at least greatly smear the overall impression. In this article Chanfashion will tell you about the most common mistakes of wedding ceremonies and how to avoid them so that everything happens like in a fairy tale.
1. Do not direct guests before the ceremony
Yes, you can reset the schedule of the wedding day to the guests a million times and hang signs with all the timings, but you should not expect that everyone will obediently sit in their seats at the appointed minute. The presenter or master of ceremonies should invite the guests to sit down early. The best option is to start a kind of countdown in 15 minutes, reminding every 5 minutes about the imminent start of the ceremony. Then everyone will be in the mood, calmly finish conversations and acquaintances, have time to choose seats and deal with drinks. If you forget about these reminders, then the beginning of the wedding ceremony can be smeared, and some guests will generally be forced to stand at the end or on the sides until the very end, because they will not be able to find a place for themselves or move through other invited guests.
2. Do not remind to turn off the phones
In today’s world, almost everyone has a phone, so the vast number of ceremony guests is no exception. The greater the number of invitees, the greater the probability that at a crucial moment someone’s phone will ring or a loud notification will come. Few things can destroy the atmosphere as much as a long and intrusive ringtone from a grandmother who cannot quickly find her way around and turn off this siren. The master of ceremonies or presenter should repeat the request to turn off the sound or go to airplane mode several times before the start of the wedding ceremony.
A tougher, but effective solution would be to completely ban the use of phones during the ceremony, not only for calls, but also for photos. Let’s be honest, when the bride sees not the faces of her family and friends, but smartphone cameras during her exit, it’s not very pleasant. It is better to warn about this in the wedding invitations so that the guests are mentally prepared for such an unusual situation. Explain that you want the guests not to be distracted by their phones, but to be mentally present throughout the event, and that the photographers will take enough professional and high-quality photos with all the important moments. By the way, the absence of smartphones will make the work of professionals easier, because no one will accidentally spoil the shots, choosing the most advantageous places for the camera.
3. Not clearing the frame for the first kiss
This is a small detail of the ceremony script, but it is very important for great photos. Discuss with the master of ceremonies that at the moment of the cherished words “Now you can kiss the bride” he should move to a certain distance so as not to be in the frame between you. This also applies to your girlfriends and friends, if they are expected to stand near the arch during the ceremony. Discuss the composition of this shot with the wedding photographer ahead of time so that everyone knows their place in the important moment.
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4. Make the ceremony impersonal
Beautiful words about love are good, but beautiful words about your love are much better! Everyone can read long thoughts about feelings in poems, books or even in collections of toasts, so do not dedicate your own ceremony to such monologues. It is better to focus on your own story: how you met, why you chose each other, what qualities you value and what you managed to go through together. It’s likely that all the wedding guests are only familiar with the highlights and highlights of your couple, so let them know more. You invited them for a reason 🙂
5. Do not check the script of the ceremony
We understand that you want to keep the element of surprise, but the text of the ceremony is too important to leave it unchecked. Dates, exact names, details of a meeting, a proposal or your general history — there are so many details that a stranger can easily get confused. In order to avoid unpleasant moments at the wedding and the surprised looks of the guests, it is necessary to coordinate the text and script with a specialist in advance, so that there is time to make the necessary changes.
6. Do not conduct a sound check
A gorgeous decor, a wonderful and non-trivial script, a romantic moment and… a nasty squeak of a microphone. Quite a combination, right? This will spoil not only the impression of the guests at the wedding, but also affect the video recording. Some temporary difficulties with the sound are acceptable during the entertainment at the banquet, but the ceremony is the heart of the wedding, so it must go perfectly.
Before the start of the wedding ceremony, you must conduct a sound check: check the settings of the sound devices, parameters, volume and charge of the microphones, as well as the correctness of the music files that will be needed during the ceremony. Of course, it is necessary to make sure that all this is working properly, but the last check is never superfluous.
7. Do not look at the groom
The advice may seem strange and obvious, but please, during the ceremony, look at the groom, not at the master of ceremonies or the floor. This is necessary not only for beautiful shots (but it is also very important!), but also for complete immersion in the process and experiencing the brightest emotions at the moment of the official birth of your family. You want to remember not the face of the master of ceremonies in every detail, but the expression in the eyes of the love of your life, right? 🙂