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Weddings with wow

Surrey wedding celebrant Michelle Buck has conducted weddings for couples from all over the world and all walks of life, so she knows her stuff when it comes to creating something different. Here are six fabulous ideas that will make you say ‘I wish I did that at my wedding'.

The bride: Walk down the aisle with both parents. This is such a modern approach and a great way to include both parents. Gone are the days when the father gives his daughter away – now it’s all about enjoying your wedding day with people you love the most.

The groom: A wedding day is about the bride and the groom – and while it’s traditionally the bride who makes a grand entrance, there’s no reason the groom can’t too. Create some wow from the start with some funky beats playing while the groomsman make their entrance followed by the groom.

A high note: Your walk out from the ceremony to an upbeat song – I really love this idea as it sets everyone up for the party ahead.

Hand fasting: This is an age old tradition where couples really did tie the knot, now it’s a pretty way to add something different to your ceremony: having your hands bound while you say your vows. Plus you get to keep the ribbons as a keepsake of your day.

Sand ceremony: This is a great idea if you are involving children in the ceremony. Each person pours a different colour sand into a beautiful vase or glass bottle. As well as having a beautiful and unique keepsake of your day, it’s a simple yet touching way to involve children.

Get the party started: Weddings are all about the celebration, so why not set the mood at the reception when the minute the bride and groom arrive back after their photo shoot. This is a common thing at weddings in Asia. The guests will have been milling around with their canapés and bubbles, so what better time to hit the dance floor? Three songs work brilliantly – the first for the newly-wed couple’s grand entry and then two more to continue the mood. The couple will still have their first slow dance later in the evening, but this really does get the evening off to a great start following the lull that comes after the ceremony.

Michelle Buck is a celebrant who conducts wedding ceremonies, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies and baby naming ceremonies across Surrey. She’s also an event planner who can help you pull together all the details of your special day. lovemedocelebrant.com

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