Friday, July 17, 2009
Friday Q & A: Involving Guests in the Ceremony
Question: I don't want my guests to be passive observers at my wedding - I want them to feel involved. How can I include my wedding guests in the ceremony?
Answer: You may want to consider having a ritual in which you directly involve your guests. Following are a few ideas to consider:
Guest vows: Guests stand as Celebrant asks questions such as, "Will you promise to support and love Joe and Sue throughout their marriage?" Guests respond, "We will."
Stone blessings: Stones are placed on each seat before the ceremony. Guests are informed that the stones are for blessings or well-wishes for the couple. The stones are collected during the ceremony and gathered in a vase or basket.
Group reading: Several guests are asked to take part in a reading, where each person reads a line from where they are sitting.
Circle of love: For smaller weddings, guests can stand in a circle around the couple as they exchange their vows.