The beauty of a civil wedding ceremony is that your ceremony can be as long or as short as you like because there are only three key elements that must be present… everything else is up to you, so it can be as long or short as you like.
I think one of the reasons so many people start out by saying ‘ we only want a short ceremony’ is because many of us have sat through long, boring ceremonies wishing the time for drinks and canapés would hurry up and arrive. So when it comes to our own wedding, we vow that we won’t put ourselves and our family and friends through that and decide that a short ceremony is the way to go.
Here’s another perspective… if every aspect of your ceremony is meaningful to you and reflects who you are as individuals and as a couple, then all your guests will be interested and engaged in what they are hearing and seeing and won’t notice if your ceremony is 20 minutes or 40 minutes. Your family and friends are there to celebrate your relationship with you; they want to hear all about you. Creating a personal and meaningful ceremony will mean the world to both you and your guests making the time on the clock irrelevant.
Of course, if you’re getting married, I can help you create that timeless ceremony…
PS: It’s also important to make sure your guests are comfortable, coming soon is a blog post on some things to consider when planning the staging of your ceremony.