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Ceremony planning: a break from tradition

, - January 07, 2014 - by: miguel

Ceremony planning: a break from tradition

If tradition just isn’t your style, then these out-of-the-box ceremony ideas may be just what you’re looking for!

Sometimes tried and true just won't do! Couples who are looking to shake things up at their wedding ceremony should consider imparting at least a little tradition into the wedding vows, but the rest of the planning is fair game. Some unique, unconventional ceremony ideas to consider include:

Walk down the aisle in style
"Ode to Joy" and "Pachelbel's Canon" are traditional ceremony songs, there are no rules stating that the bride must walk down the aisle to the bridal march. Although it may not be amenable to walk down the aisle to a Kanye West or Macklemore song, there are plenty of modern compositions that you and your fiancé can choose from. A few tips when selecting your music include checking the lyrics, having a backup playlist in case the song is not approved or the sheet music is not available and planning with your venue ahead of time so the musicians have plenty of time to rehearse.

Gender and age clichés
Oftentimes male friends or family members of the bride will stand up on the groom's side and vice versa for the bridesmaids. Just because the men typically stand on one side and the ladies on the other doesn't mean you have to situate your bridal party in this fashion. If your best friend is a man, then give him the honor of standing up next to you as your best man instead of or along side your maid-of-honor. 

One really cute, unconventional bridal party idea is to have your grandmas walk down the aisle as the flower girls! Thanks to Offbeat Bride, age rules no longer apply to these traditional wedding party roles. This may seem quirky, but wedding guests will get a kick out of the idea and we bet your grandmas will feel extra special for being included in the ceremony. 

Best seat in the house
Traditionally, the wedding guests are seated in rows along the aisle during the ceremony. Whether they are seated in pews of a church of chairs on the lawn, this arrangement can make it difficult for guests to witness the ring exchange, vows and first kiss. If you plan on having an outdoor ceremony, why not situate your guests in a circle around the altar instead of the standard rows? This arrangement offers a more intimate atmosphere and a better view during the ceremony. Add the fact that circles are said to symbolize unity, wholeness and infinity makes the arrangement much more endearing. 

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