Posts Tagged ‘nondenominational wedding ceremony officiant’

Countdown to Mother’s Day!

As we look forward to celebrating moms this Sunday, remember that as you are planning your wedding day there are so many special ways to include and honor your mother in your wedding ceremony.

This applies to stepmothers, grandmothers, and even you, too!

Opportunities to honor mom in your wedding ceremony:

  • By Your Side

Request that your mother escort you down the aisle. Many moms have played the role of both parents in their child’s life, and this is a beautiful way to acknowledge that.

Or, even ask her to serve as your Maid/Matron of Honor. There is no reason why your very own mother can’t serve in this very important role as well.

Grooms, as you walk down the aisle, show how much you honor your mother by escorting her to her place of honor

  • Express Your Gratitude

At the beginning of the ceremony, together as a couple present a single rose to each mom (stepmothers, too!), in a gesture of gratitude for all the support and love they have given you throughout the years.

Invite your mother to share a reading
  • A Reading

Invite mom to read a special poem or verse during the ceremony

ABM Photo
  • In Memory

If you mother has died, there are many ways to honor her in memoriam. Your officiant can acknowledge her during opening remarks. You can leave an empty chair at the front row, perhaps even with a single white rose on it. You can include photos of her at a special “In Memoriam” table at the ceremony.

  • New Mom

Are you taking on a role of mother or adopting your new spouse’s child?
Are you already a mom? There are many ways to include the kids in your unity ceremony.


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Did you say, “Yes!”?

Though things are still a little tricky for planning your 2021 wedding, what with uncertainties around vaccinations, variants, etc. you can still have a beautiful wedding celebration.


*“Just Us Two”: enjoy an intimate ceremony now, just the two of you, and your big celebration at the end of 2021, or next year.

These two said “I Do” at Sunset Cliffs!⁠ Photo by @matolikeelyphoto

*Virtual “I Do“: Hold a Virtual Wedding Ceremony!
With the right elements in place, your ceremony can still feel intimate and sacred. And with the virtual option, everyone will be able to attend. Learn more in my guidelines.

*Small & Intimate
If you want your immediate family and besties at hand, a small intimate social-distance ceremony is a great option. And you can still plan for a big bash later.
Be sure your venue has clear protocol and procedures in place. Even better, hire a professional wedding planner to make sure it all runs smoothly. Photo by True Photography. Professional coordination by Holly Kalkin Weddings.

Remember to get your marriage license!

This is the LEAST ROMANTIC but MOST IMPORTANT part of your wedding ceremony!

  • Find your County Clerk where you will marry.
  • Make your appointment!
  • Your marriage license is generally valid for 90 days
  • These days due to Covid protocol, find out if the San Diego Marriage Hut is still in place with social distance to acquire your license.

I tell my clients when they pick up their marriage license, make a day of it! Walk along the San Diego boardwalk, visit the tall ships, or have lunch in the park.

Wedding planner extraordinaire Tahnie @ivy_weddingsandevents and I talked wedding ceremony tips! Including navigating some Covid-related challenges that may still apply.⁠ Check out the full interview here!

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My final wedding ceremony of the year took place at one of my favorite venues under the trees.
Gratitude to Asha Bailey Photography for beautifully capturing the day.

Like many couples trying to get married in 2020, these two had their share of struggles, including trimming their guest count considerably, eliminating reception, even challenges acquiring their marriage license due to restrictions at the county clerk.
Still they maintained a great attitude and made their special day extra special for their guests – gift bags greeted everyone.

This intimate social distance wedding ceremony at Milagro Winery was a beautiful wrap to a challenging year. Milagro staff did a fantastic job of setting up the ceremony chairs with social distance seating and guests did their part wearing masks during the ceremony.

And I stood back 6 feet away from the couples and wedding party.

Here we are awaiting the arrival of the bride.
Love this custom color Groom’s suit!

We had Gayle officiate our wedding … and she was sooooo amazing! The whole process was just a great experience overall! Gayle, really took the time to get to know us as a couple and it showed at the ceremony. It was really special.”

~Lisa & Brandon, Dec. 2020
A small but important act – I always step away for First Kiss so their photographer can capture that perfect moment.
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs.!

Since a formal reception was not allowable, Best Man and Maid of Honor gave their toasts at the arch!
Earl Henry of @mydjsevents made it possible as the professional emcee with mic and sound system on tap:

Into the sunset . . .

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[Beautiful photos by Susan Bond Photography]

This is a clever and multi-use idea for a unity ceremony!

This destination couple wanted to include a unity ceremony in their wedding, but wanted to avoid having to pack any accoutrement for the trip home.

Two bouquets.  Photo by Susan Bond Photography

Two bouquets.
Photo by Susan Bond Photography

Their bouquets did double-duty for the unity! A beautiful, natural, and efficient option,
to incorporate their bouquets.

“You have each walked down the aisle with your own bouquet of flowers. Each representing your individual
lives to this point.”

Tying the bouquets. Photo by Susan Bond Photography

Tying the bouquets. Photo by Susan Bond Photography




“In tying your bouquets together, you symbolize undertaking to unite as a couple, and share all that the future may bring.” 

Unity bouquets. Photo by Susan Bond Photography

Unity bouquet.
Photo by Susan Bond Photography






Incredible ocean views, courtesy the Marine Room. Photo by Susan Bond Photography

Incredible ocean views, courtesy the Marine Room.
Photo by Susan Bond Photography

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