Wedding Ideas

(and random "off the wall" thoughts that keep us awake at night)

As you have already read -  it is our mission to eradicate dull and boring wedding ceremonies and to help you have the wedding ceremony of your dreams.

So how can we do that you may ask? Well....we like to think that "ideas 'R' us" and we have a plethora of unique ideas that can help your ceremony stand out in the memories of family and guests.

We love to exchange ideas with you and inspire your thoughts. We would like to help you find one or two small and unique touches to the ceremony that will make your guests say "that was different". It need not be whacky and off the wall (although if that is your desire - we are ALL IN), just a small touch like having the wedding party arranged in a different way, a different order of the procession, or changing up the order of the ceremony.

Let us share a sample idea to help inspire you;

Nearly EVERY wedding you have ever attended probably had the wedding party standing at the front with the couple....the bride's attendants beside her and the groom's attendants beside him. When you think about it, there should not even be bride's attendants and groom's attendants....your friends and family are standing up for you AS A COUPLE....there are no "sides" in this deal!

If you think this way, the door opens up for all manner of interesting and unique ways that the wedding party can be placed at the front of the venue with you. Another different idea is to have them sit during the ceremony - placing more focus on the couple.

If little unique touches like this seem like a good idea to you, then Let's Tie The Knot can certainly help you incorporate these ideas for a unique and memorable ceremony that will Iive in memories for a long time.

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What happens during a ceremony?


Many couples have this question but they’re embarrassed to ask it: What actually happens during a wedding ceremony? What does a sample wedding ceremony look like? Sure, we all know about the vows, the rings and there’s a kiss in there somewhere. But what is the usual order of events? What else happens while the couple is up there?  

The true answer to the question is - ANYTHING you want!

Most of what you have seen during a wedding ceremony is based on tradition as opposed to legal requirements. There are only 2 legal statements that must be made and at some point you must sign a marriage license....THAT'S IT!

A wedding ceremony is more than just legal requirements though, and infusing your story and your wishes into the ceremony can make it special, unique and memorable.

To give you an idea of what is traditional, we’re going to walk you through a sample wedding ceremony.

We believe you should do your wedding your way. So remember: this is just a sample ceremony! You don’t have to include all of these parts of the ceremony and you don’t have to do them in this order.

A few of these ceremony elements are required to make your wedding legal, but you can get creative with almost everything else. Just ask us! We'll help bring your dream ceremony to life and make sure it’s a ceremony that represents who you are while honouring your values.

Sample Ceremony

Here’s a sample wedding ceremony. Be sure to click on the elements (or scroll down) to learn more:

Casual announcements by Officiant
(reminder to stand when bride enters, turn off cell phones, etc.)

Processional of wedding party and couple 

Address by Officiant

Sharing the couple's story

Readings or quotes (if selected)

The Vows

Declaration of Intent (the "I Do's")

The Rings

Signing of License (if included)



The Kiss

Presentation of Couple

The Recessional

Bride and Groom Walking Away
The processional is when the wedding party, Bride & Groom, and any participants enter the ceremony venue (usually walking up the aisle). Here are some ideas for traditional as well as creative ways to plan your processional.
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Wedding Ceremony
Welcome and Address

Welcome, be seated, thank you for being here, WHY we are well as a few words about love and marriage.

Modern Love
Sharing the couple's story
This is where we will really personalize the ceremony and share a bit of your story and your memories. 
We will also speak a bit about your visions and dreams for the future as this day is the beginning of a new chapter for you.
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Readings and quotes

Many couples like to use quotes or readings in their wedding ceremony. Short lines about love and marriage are great additions to a ceremony. They can be inserted into your vows, printed on your programs or read aloud. Inviting a drear friend or family member to do a reading is a wonderful way to include those special people in your ceremony.

Quotes can come from almost anywhere. You can include a quote from a famous love poem, lyrics from a song or your favourite movie or TV show. There’s no wrong way to use a quote.

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Couple in Love
The Vows
Wikipedia's definition of wedding vows is;
Marriage vows are promises each partner in a couple makes to the other during a wedding ceremony based upon Western Christian norms. They are not universal to marriage and not necessary in most legal jurisdictions.
The vows you make to each other can be the most intimate and personal part of the wedding, BUT they need not be part of the ceremony if you so choose.
An increasingly popular idea for sharing vows is to do so in private. (more about this idea can be found here)
If you elect to write your own vows to each other, we can help you with a "roadmap" that will walk you through the process.
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I Do
Declaration of intent
Most commonly known as the "I Do's", they are often confused with the Vows. The expression of intent may be customized and changed to best suit your wishes.
A traditional Expression would be;
(Name) do you take (Name) to be your lawfully wedded wife/husband? Do you promise to love and cherish her/him, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, for better for worse, and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her/him, for so long as you both shall live?
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Rings on Hands
Ring exchange
Place the ring on each other's finger and do a brief "repeat after me". There are no legal requirements for this component and you can be as creative as you wish.
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Signing the license

Your marriage license must be signed by the couple, 2 witnesses and the officiant.

This may come as a surprise, but Manitoba marriage law does not mandate that you sign the marriage license during the ceremony. In fact Canada is only one of 2 countries in the word where signing the license is traditionally included in the ceremony.

It can be signed before, during or after the ceremony. In fact, it can be signed at ANY time, but the date that it is signed is the official wedding date.

We have many creative ideas for ways in which you can make the license signing unique and a great "photo opportunity".

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The conclusion is when the officiant "wraps things up" with a few more thoughts about marriage and embarking on a new chapter I your life together....etc.

This is also a PERFECT opportunity to have us share some of your hopes and dreams for your future together.

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Pronouncement & kiss

If you’ve ever been to a wedding or seen one in the movies, you’ve heard a pronouncement. The typical pronouncement goes like this, “I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride!” It’s when the officiant announces the marriage and sets the stage for the big smooch.

Did you know there’s more than one way to pronounce a couple (MANY more in fact)? If you’re looking for something less traditional or more formal, there are options. If you want something more feminist or more inclusive, there are options. If you’re looking for something unique that speaks to you as a couple, then you’re in the right place.

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Presentation of the couple

It is now tome to be presented to your assembled guests and family as a married couple. You may choose a descriptive that best suits you. Popular choices include "husband & wife" Mr. & Mrs.___", newlywed partners...the choices are endless.

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Now you are married, so get outta here and let the marriage begin!

As with the Processional, you can be as innovative and creative as you like in planning ways for the entire wedding party to exit the ceremony.

It should be fun, lighthearted and happy!

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