Lighten the Mood a Bit

8964051_SWhen it comes to weddings, most people take the ceremony very seriously and expect to save the fun for the reception. We’re here to tell you that doesn’t always have to be the case, and many couples are deciding to take a different approach. While the ceremony shouldn’t be taken lightly, there are a few things you and your guests can do to lighten the mood and have a little fun.

One idea is to have some untraditional readings. Instead of the same passages that have been read thousands of times, why not pick something that has some extra special meaning to you and your loved one? You could read a quote from a book both of you love, or a passage that has a special sentimental value to your relationship. This doesn’t mean you have to do away with reading religious text, but it can be a fun addition to the standard fare.

Another idea is to involve your guests in some way. While the ceremony is and should be all about you and your loved one, it can’t hurt to forget all of those friends and family who came to see you. For example, you could make everyone feel special by staging a group photo shoot at the end of the ceremony, rather than having everyone try to snap a picture from their seats.

You can also include your guests by having them pass around the rings before the ceremony. This allows everyone to see them up close before they find their permanent home on your fingers. More importantly, this can be seen as a blessing where everyone can wish you would before you are married.

These are just a few ideas you can use to include your guests, have some fun, and overall make your wedding an even more memorable experience. We are always eager to hear your own thoughts and wedding ideas, so let us know what you have in mind!

Written by Rabbi Lebow

Rabbi Lebow

Rabbi Lebow offers interfaith wedding services throughout the United States

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