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Wedding Ceremony Questions

Is it ok to have a private ceremony and a big reception?

Your day should be all about you! If you feel most comfortable having a private ceremony then it's completely fine to do so. Many couples choose to keep their vows private with only immediate family members so that they can feel fully present in the moment.

How can we ask people not to take pictures during the ceremony?

A common issue for photographers is when wedding guests jump in front of them to take a cell phone picture while they are in the middle of an important shot.  If you are worried about this happening on your big day, you can put a sign up at the ceremony entrance letting your guests know the ceremony is “Unplugged.”

Check out these ceremony signs that perfectly convey the message.

Does our ceremony need to be long?

Traditional Christian/Catholic ceremonies are known for being upwards of 45 minutes long. It has now become more common for couples to opt for shorter more custom ceremony setups. Shorter ceremonies are especially helpful with outdoor weddings on a hot day or when you don't want your guests to sit for an extended period of time. There are no requirements for how long or how short your ceremony should be but generally 20 or 30 minutes is long enough to cover all the basics.