Are you wondering what happens during a celebrant led ceremony. If the Answer is yes then look no further as I explain some of the possible features of a celebrant led wedding. Celebrant led ceremonies are personal and tailored to you as a individual couple, as such they vary from one to another. What happens at a celebrant led wedding in respect of the order and elements will vary from couple to couple, however, in general they may follow a similar flow.
Greeting guests at a celebrant led ceremony
As celebrants we can greet your friends and family to your wedding space and helping them to feel welcome and settled. You can arrange for your guests to arrive earlier and have a welcome drink before the ceremony. It´s a chance for them to mingle with each other and get to know other guests beforehand. Once your guests have their drinks, we can help get everyone into their seats ready for the start of the show, your celebrant led ceremony. We use the time before your arrival to get guests warmed up and to share any house rules about photography, phones before. This way everyone is ready and focused for your entrance.
Introduction to the wedding party
Now the grand moment has arrived it´s time to introduce your wedding party if you have one and your grand entrance. Whether you enter together dancing down the aisle, individually or with one partner arriving accompanied. Select an option for your celebrant led ceremony that speaks to you and resonates with your personalities. This can be a traditional or non-traditional entrance, the choice is yours. Co-ordinate your entrance with your favourite songs, that you share together or individually. Hire a DJ to play your songs as part of your wedding playlist. Alternatively having a violinist, guitarist, bagpipes or drumming, is a great way to make your entrance or exit.
Welcoming the couple to their celebrant led ceremony space
As your celebrant we have been getting to know you for a time before your celebrant led ceremony and we are excited to welcome you as you arrive to the front of your wedding space to make your commitments.
I personally like to ground my couples and give them a few minutes to get settled, say hello to each other and prepare for what´s ahead and be in their mental space to enjoy their moment.Marcia Bravo Celebrant
Opening of the ceremony
The celebrant will open the ceremony and welcome everyone and thank them for participating to make the couples day special.
Invitations to designated guests to share readings or songs
Designated friends or family will be invited by the celebrant to come forward to share a reading chosen by the reader or by the couple. This could also be a song if there are musicians and singers within the group. Alternatively you may have hired someone to sing also and that´s the beauty of a celebrant led ceremony.
Narration of the journey from first meeting to marriage
For a bespoke celebrant led ceremony what often happens next is the introduction into the story of how the couple first met. The celebrant usually narrates the journey of the couple to marriage in a way that reminds the couple of the stages and the significant moments they shared together. In addition, it´s an account of the story for guests who may not know the full story. The celebrant´s role is to share this in a way that´s interesting, heartfelt, sometimes humorous and keeps guests focused and talking about it afterwards. Additional readings or songs that encourage participation from guests may also take place next.
Symbolic rituals often happen at celebrant weddings
Many couples choose to have a symbolic ritual as part of their ceremony choosing from a hand-tying ritual, sand ritual or even shots ritual or jumping the broom. There are many other rituals that can be completed i.e., a planting ritual if you are fans of nature.
Sharing of personal vows
The couple will then share their personal vows, if they have chosen to do so as part of the ceremony. Remember this is very personal. You can decide whether it´s right for you within your celebrant led ceremony or beforehand. Choose to read them from hand written notes, printed cards, from your phone or learn them off by heart. The majority of couples choose to read them to ensure that they don´t forget the most special things they want to say during a part of the ceremony, filled with lots of emotions.
Once the couple have shared their vows to each other the celebrant will invite them to exchange rings and will ask for the designated person to present the rings. Who and how the rings are presented can add a touch of fun or drama to your ceremony. If you have a canine friend, they can present your rings with some support. Or it could be a young guest who presents them. If your car fanatics, why not have your rings arrive in a small remote controlled car. Can you see where I´m going with this? The choices are endless.
Exchange of rings
The celebrant will ask the couple to make their commitments and support the couple to exchange their rings. The celebrant will then announce the couple in the way that resonates with the couple. In celebrant led ceremonies, celebrants announce as opposed to pronounce a couple. Now it´s time for you to seal the deal with a kiss or other form of promise. The celebrant will ask for a round of applause, but this usually comes naturally from guests, who are excited and have been waiting for this moment.
Signing of commemorative certificate
After the ring exchange, the couple may wish to sign a commemorative certificate of their ceremony. You can invite a few witnesses too, if you would like. At this point it´s nice to have some music playing for guests, whilst this takes place.
Closing of celebrant led ceremony
To close the ceremony the celebrant will usually say some closing words for the couple and guests before announcing the couple and asking everyone to stand to celebrate as the couple dance, walk, sing together up the aisle. Confetti or other alternatives can often be incorporated here or later.
If you´ve hired a musician or artist to support your exit, this is where they will play or sing your chosen song. They can also entertain guests before and during the reception, which is a nice surprise for your guests.
Your photographer or videographer will be busy capturing your special moments before, during and after the ceremony. However, it´s often at this point that official photos, of family and friends with the couple and the couples individual photo´s or videos will be taken.
Guests will usually be invited to relax and share further drinks or canapes prior to the next stage of the wedding, whether that be lunch, tapas or reception dinner and afterparty.
Celebrants often take the opportunity at the end of a celebrant led ceremony to sneak in a quick selfie with the couple before saying their goodbyes to them and guests. Leaving everyone to enjoy the rest of the day together.
To sum up
As you can see, what happens at a celebrant led ceremony can be exciting and is truly personal to you. Your celebrant is with you from the start of your journey, supporting and guiding you to have the ceremony of your dreams. The more personal you make your ceremony the more you will enjoy and remember it.
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