It’s been a full year since I married the delightful Diane and Thomas. And what have I learnt?
Loads, loads, loads.
Things I quickly confirmed: my admin skills are abysmal, I have a pathological fear of double booking (but have invented a 400 point strategy to avoid it) and sleep in July is for wimps.
Perhaps more importantly for you:
It’s never to early to book your celebrant. Fact.
If you are getting married between May- September, regardless of how far away your wedding is, BOOK YOUR CELEBRANT!! Then sit back and peruse Pinterest with impunity, smug in the knowledge that you are sorted.
And, if you are getting married between October- April, BOOK YOUR CELEBRANT! Damn it, just do it!
People confuse Humanists with Spiritualists all the time.
Let me be clear. Humanists are fantastic, genuine, considerate and compassionate folk who would never pray on the understandable desire of the bereaved and vulnerable to speak to their much loved deceased relatives.
Spiritualists, not so much.
Weddings get HOT. Damn hot.
Open ALL the windows. Now.
Folk worry about being emotionally vulnerable in front of their guests.
Dinnae worry about it. They LOVE it. In my limited experience, grooms are more likely to cry than brides. I put this down to the long wait with no dizzyingly chaotic bridal party to distract them. Groomsmen- yo need to up yo game, bruh.
Most commonly asked question about ceremonies is ‘How long does it take?’
Answer: longer than the 20 minutes on offer by some wedding venues. Yes, The Vu, I’m looking at you.
Bridezillas are a figment of TLC’s imagination.
Bridesmaids and Mums, on the other hand, are occasionally as crazy as a soup sandwich.
The most important thing I have learnt this year is this:
Your ceremony sets the tone for your entire wedding day.
You heard me.
If you do your homework and spend some time thinking about who to involve in your ceremony, you will be amazed what happens. A teensy bit of effort on your part and your wedding is elevated from something lovely to something extraordinary. Don’t take my word for it, check out what Katie’s Dad had to say….
You really set the tone for the whole day and it carried on through the meal and the dance at night – we had an absolutely fabulous day.
See? If Mike said it, it must be true.
I know it’s been a good day when I have to wolf whistle to get everyone back to their seats after the ‘Signing the schedule’ photo break ‘cos they are all so hyper. I know it’s been it a good day when I’m picked up and burled round by an excitable Scouser proclaiming it’s the ‘best fookin weddin’ he’s ever been to.
And I know it’s been a good day when I get a wee email afterwards that says this,
Everyone at the wedding said it was quite simply the best they had ever attended, Louise & Chris
We had a totally perfect day and the beautiful ceremony you conducted was exactly what we had hoped for, Ryan & Angela
Thank you so much for making our wedding ceremony so amazing, Derek & Lisa
Thanks, Year One Wedding Couples, it’s been a blast…..bring it on, Year Two!