Some elements of wedding planning spring to mind immediately – flowers, cake, guest list, venue, etc. – but what may not seem obvious at first is processional and recessional choices. How you choose to enter and exit your ceremony can set the entire tone of your wedding as well as showcase your personalities. Skipping, strolling or marching – how you move down the aisle can make a big difference on your wedding day.
At Marry Me Ireland, we’ve seen our couples walk down the aisle in a variety of ways. Some couples choose the traditional approach where one partner and their father meet the other partner at the end of the aisle. Some people want to enter and take the walk down to their significant other alone. Some take their children down the aisle with them, and some couples choose to take that short walk together.
Seeing as how you’ll be walking back up the aisle together at the end of the ceremony, the decisions to make here are slightly different than your processional choices. Couples who have a Celtic handfasting ceremony integrated into their ceremony will walk back up the aisle with their hands bound, making for truly adorable photo opportunities. We’ve also had some couples recess back up the aisle under an arch of hands, an arch of oars (a cute idea for those who are nautically-inclined), and some have even left amongst a bevy of doves.
The music that you decide on is also crucial in setting the tone of your ceremony. You can have live music like a harpist or string quartet, or you can play pre-recorded music. If you’re planning on the latter, just make sure you have someone you trust in charge of starting and stopping the music at appropriate and pre-planned times. A lot can be said through the music you choose, so it’s important to think about the overall feeling you want your wedding to have. You can have the traditional wedding march playing as you process in, you can play a song with special significance for the two of you, you can do slow and gentle, upbeat and triumphant, or anything in between. The same goes for your recessional song, though the current trend seems to be more triumphant and energetic.
Here at Marry Me Ireland we have a wide variety of exceptional celebrants who can deliver the wedding ceremony of your dreams – traditional, unique or otherwise. So get in touch today and we can start planning your special day!