My very first wedding ceremony was for a friend… “Could you officiate at my wedding ceremony” she said. I have a history of public speaking so that part certainly didn’t phase me… but standing up in front of quite a few of my personal friends and being given the responsibility of presenting a script for the happiest day of their lives did feel a little daunting. However we worked on it and it was amazing! both for me and for them. Because of this experience I decided this was where my passion lay and it completely changed my world and I have since presented hundreds of ceremonies here in Mallorca.
Recently I have spoken to a few couples who are also thinking of having a friend present their wedding ceremony and asking me if I can give them some advice. I jumped at the chance … I am up for helping to make every wedding perfect whether it be in the foreground or in the back ground just offering little nuggets of my experience.
So if you are thinking of going this route here are a few essential things that need to be included in your ceremony:
- An Introduction – Talk a little about love, Thank the guests for sharing the day. Talk about the couple, why are we all here? what brought them to this point, standing here today in front of all of the people they love?
- A reading. – Try to include some other guests by inviting them to say a poem or a few words.
- Wedding Vows
- Ring vows
- THE KISS – Very important moment!
- Maybe another reading
- Mr and Mrs – It is my great pleasure to introduce to you for the very first time… Mr and Mrs Smith
- And remember that a wedding ceremony is a little like telling a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.
Although many of my clients actually feel like friends by the time they walk down the aisle as we will have spent sometimes up to a year planning the big day and it is always a huge responsibility, I am never nervous. Officiating at a friends wedding, if I am honest, always gives me the biggest butterflies!
Yesterday in my in-box I had a lovely testimonial from a wedding I presented last month for a good friend of mine… here is what she wrote:
I have a confession to make, I already knew Annie when I ‘chose’ her, so I cheated a little – but I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Like many brides, I had (and have) the intention of only getting married once so wanted it to be just perfect. The venue, food, flowers, (groom!), all play a vital part, but the ceremony is really what everyone is there for – to see the dress for the first time, the exchanging of rings, the genuine outpouring of love, the laughter, the tears. It’s a tricky balancing act, but I knew Annie had the experience and the enthusiasm to get it just right. Together we drafted, edited, and edited again, until we had the perfect flow of words and emotion. With the Med shimmering in the background and all our friends and family around us it really was a special moment I know I will, and could, never forget Sarah, 15 July 2017, H10 Punta Negra
If you would like any help or advice regarding your ceremony then please feel free to contact me by phone/wassap +34676333065 by email hello@ceremoniesinmallorca or we can chat via facebook too https://www.facebook.com/weddingsinmallorca/