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Do you need a Wedding Rehearsal ?

 

Couples always ask me the question if they require a wedding rehearsal. It really depends on a lot of factors and how you feel. I typically recommend rehearsals for couples :

#1. That have large Bridal parties
#2. That will have family members walking in during the Processional
#3. If Family and Friends are doing readings during the ceremony
#4.That have included a unity ceremony ( Sand ceremony or Winebox ceremony)

It also depends on how you cope with stress and anxiety. Some couples can get really nervous during the wedding day and want everything to go as planned. A rehearsal will help you, your bridal party and family visualize the steps and order of the ceremony.

During the rehearsal you will not be exchanging vows and there will be no ceremony readings. There should be a minimum of 2 practice runs to help every one understand the pace of walking in the positioning of bridal party members during the ceremony.

Another question I get asked is ” When should I have my rehearsal”

I recommend having the wedding rehearsal closer to the wedding day.1-3 days before I find works best and helps every one retain memory of what was rehearsed.

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Should I write my own wedding vows ? How can I write my wedding vows?

 

Having performed 400+ weddings over the years,I find a lot of couples prefer to use traditional vows and repeat them after me. Doing so can reduce anxiety especially for couples who are shy and have hundreds of eyes staring at them 🙂

I do encourage couples to write their own vows. I feel the ceremony is the most important part of the wedding day.This is the day the both of you have been waiting for and expressing how you both feel and the promises you have for one another makes your ceremony intimate and special.

Personal written vows are usually 30 seconds to 1:30 minutes in length on average.But don’t let that stop you, if you need 5 minutes to express your feelings then by all means go right ahead ! It’s your day 🙂

Here are some things you can include into your vows:

1. How you felt when you first met.
2.A short recap of the time you both had a really great time ( first date or traveling together)
3.How & When you knew you loved your partner.
4.The promises you intend to keep for your marriage and growth in the good times and bad times.
5.How your partner makes you feel.

Be creative ! and if you can add some humor in there.Vows can be very emotional not only for the couple but for the guests as well.

If you will be writing your own vows I recommend sending them to me separately to review. It is always good to have similar lengths and styles of writing that compliment each other. You wouldn’t want one spouse writing 2 sentences and the other 3 paragraphs.

Another tip is try not to write your vows in a rush, you want to be realxed and have a clear mind before you start writing.

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During the Wedding Ceremony How can I include my Family and Friends in the Wedding Ceremony ?

One of the best ways to include your family and friends into the wedding ceremony is by having them participate in the unity ceremony or performing a reading.

I find readings by family and friends are best when done either right before the vows or after the signing of the marriage license.

For the candle and sand ceremony you would simply add an additional candle/container for the family member/friend.

You can also appoint him/her to hold the rings or to act as a witness for the signing of the marriage register.

Now you might ask, do I need to include family and friends into the ceremony? No..It’s just nice gesture to have some one close and meaningful your lives to be a part of your special day.

It is also a great way to keep your Bridal party to certain number
without having others feel excluded.

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Where can you get married ?

I have met many couples in the past who just wanted to get married,having a small and intimate ceremony.Many assumed that you would have to book a chamber in city hall in order to do this.

Once you obtain your Marriage License you can get married anywhere in Ontario by a licensed wedding officiant and in the presence of witnesses.

If you wish to get married at the comfort of your own home or maybe where you shared your first kiss, the possibilities are endless.

I find a lot couples do this when they plan on having a destination wedding. Reason being, your wedding overseas in most cases will not be recognized here in Ontario. In short you would be taking care of the legalities before flying out 🙂

If you come across any questions or need some help with having a short ceremony performed, please feel free to contact me !

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How can I tell if a wedding officiant is licensed ?

You’ve probably seen it on the headlines on CP24 coming home from work … “Married couple discovers they are not married” Whats up with that ?

Well in order to be married in Ontario you need a licensed and registered Officiant/Justice of the peace/ Judge/ Religious official to solemnize your marriage. The province of Ontario provides you with a list on their website displaying all religious officials who are licensed to perform weddings in Ontario.

Some people have placed ads on the web to officiate ceremony but are not licensed and any form of document completion will not be recognized by the Province without.

To be on the safe side, always meet in person before booking,check for reviews/references and lastly check to see if thier name appears on the government list.

 

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Weddings Guests that don’t understand English.

 

If you will be inviting Family & Friends outside of the country and sense that their understanding of the English language will be very limited,saying a few words in their native tongue can help them feel very welcome.

I open and willing to learn a few phrases in your language to help make your wedding special and memorable for everyone attending.

I have had the pleasure of saying a few sentences and paragraphs in the following dialects :

Cantonese,Mandarin,Vietnamese,Punjabi,Hindi,Greek,Spanish,Russian,Portuguese,Serbian and French.

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Incorporating Cultural Traditions into the Wedding Ceremony

 

Depending on the culture and background of the Bride and Groom,there are many ways you can incorporate some traditions into the ceremony. I personally find it works best before or after the ring exchange.

Some cultural wedding traditions might be lengthy and would require the participation of family members and guests.

The Chinese Tea ceremony is best when done either before or after the ceremony.

The Persian Sofreh Aghd works best when done either before the vows or after the ring exchange.

The Filipino Veil/Cord/Coin ceremony is best when done right before the vows.

These are just some suggestions I find work best in terms of timing and ceremony flow.

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What time should you put on your Wedding Ceremony Invitation ?

 

There goes a saying that weddings never start on time..

To help make things a little smoother for you and not having to wait on guests or family members, using specific wording on your invitations such as :

– Ceremony Starting Sharp at 3:00pm
– Please arrive earlier for parking
– Please Arrive at 2:45,Ceremony will be starting at 3:00pm

For Ceremonies on Saturday & Sundays I recommended putting 15 minutes earlier on your invitation for guest arrival.

For Ceremonies on Friday evenings I would recommend putting 30 minutes before.

If your ceremony starts 10-15 minutes late don’t stress about it to much.Having performed hundreds of ceremonies over the years I can say about dozen have started right on time, you just don’t want it starting 45 to 1:00 hour late which can happen… because that can throw of your entire schedule afterwards.

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Who can sign as a Witness on my Marriage Documents?

 

Anyone above the age of 18 can be your witness. This includes Family members and people visiting over seas who are not Canadian Citizens.

Couples who have big families and would like to keep their bridal party to minimum can appoint specific persons to act as witnesses.

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Who holds and carries the Wedding Rings

 

The most popular choice of course is the best man ! Now if you will be having a ring bearer walking down during the wedding procession, I find most couples provide mock rings to carried down the aisle. This all depends on the age and comfort level of the ring bearer. This also applies if you are having a dog walk down with the rings 🙂

Another alternative would be to have the maid honour hold on the grooms ring which she will then pass to the bride and vice versa for the groomsman.

Family members and friends who will be seated through out the ceremony can also hold unto the rings and will be called to present them during ring exchange. There are endless possibilites 🙂

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