It’s time for the most important part of the most important day of your client’s life: the ceremony! It’s the time when your clients say their “I do’s” and officially become husband and wife. Even though the ceremony usually does not account for a large sum of the budget, it is the most beautiful and meaningful part of the entire day. As a planner, there are a few very important things to remember when it comes to planning the ceremony.
What type of venue is desired?
Whether it is the reception or ceremony space, it is the first thing you need to secure. If the client wants a ceremony in a different location from the reception, be sure to secure it as quickly as possible. Figure out if the bride and groom want a religious ceremony, and if so, book the appropriate church, mosque, synagogue, etc. as soon as possible. Determine what the venue will provide, and what you will have to bring in. If the ceremony is outside or at a private residence, work with the owners and clients to form back up plans for weather, parking and other variables.
What vendors will you need?
The vendors you will need to hire for the ceremony will depend on the ceremony venue. Most religious establishments will have a lot of what will be needed, except flowers, linens, programs, photographers and transportation.Other non-religious locations may require full set up of chairs, a stage/altar, music, officiant, linens, flowers, programs and more. Communicate with those who run the ceremony space to determine what they provide and what you need to bring in yourself.
Remember, for a lot of the religious ceremony spaces, there is less creative license in terms of decor, attire and music. These ceremonies are usually very traditional. Keep that in mind when planning a ceremony in a church, mosque or synagogue. When planning at a different location, keep in mind the change in logistics and necessary vendors. But, no matter what, this is the most important part of the day, so try your best to make it perfect!