When it comes to planning your non-traditional wedding ceremony, who better than to seek advice from than the Spiritual Ceremonies team. Since 2010, they have performed over 14,000 ceremonies, so it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about planning a wedding ceremony.
I chatted with Enda Harte from the Spiritual Ceremonies team and here are his top 5 tips when planning a non-traditional wedding ceremony in Ireland.
- Choose a ceremony that reflects your unique personalities
The beauty of a non-traditional wedding ceremony is that you have the freedom to create a celebration that truly reflects who you are as a couple. You can incorporate personal elements like favourite songs, meaningful readings, or cultural traditions that are important to you both. Take the time to sit down together and brainstorm ideas for the ceremony that feel authentic and meaningful. With a Spiritual Ceremony you have the freedom to incorporate different elements from your religious or cultural background so all your guests can feel represented and included.
- Get people involved
A non-traditional wedding ceremony is the perfect opportunity to involve your guests and make the celebration more interactive. You can include a traditional unity candle ceremony to involve mums or another family member, a celtic handfasting or sand ceremony, the list is endless. You can also ask people to read something at your wedding or even ask a family member or friend to sing (as long as they can sing!) This helps create a sense of community and make the ceremony more memorable for everyone involved.
- Choose readings that represent you both
Choose readings and poems that reflect who you are and then match the reader to the reading. Anything goes when it comes to choosing what you would like to be read at your wedding ceremony. You can choose something funny or quirky or even trés rosemantic.
- Choose a celebrant who specialises in non-traditional ceremonies
When choosing a celebrant, look for someone who has experience in conducting non-traditional ceremonies. They will be able to offer guidance and ideas for creating a ceremony that truly reflects your personalities and values. They can also help you navigate any legal requirements and ensure that your ceremony is recognized as a legal marriage, so ensure your celebrant is a solemniser recognised by the HSE.
- Focus on what’s important
At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you’re marrying the person you love. Don’t get bogged down in details or feel pressure to conform to traditional wedding expectations. Focus on what’s truly important to you and your partner, and create a celebration that reflects that. Remember, this day is about celebrating your love and commitment to each other, so make it a day that feels authentic and meaningful to you both.
For more information about how to get legally married in Ireland or to learn more about your choices for a non-traditional wedding ceremony in Ireland, visit www.spiritualceremonies.ie
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