15 Unique Ceremony Ideas

Here are a few unconventional ceremony ideas to take you down the aisle with a twist.

1. Let your guests mingle over cocktails before the ceremony.

2. The couple greets the guests as they arrive at the ceremony site.

3. Face the guests when you recite your wedding vows.

4. Have your guests sit or stand in a circle around you during the ceremony.

Ceremony in the Round

5. Have both parents walk you down the aisle.

Dad - Bride - Mom

6. Have your husband-to-be escort you to the altar.

7. Don’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen - just the two of you.

8. Have an uneven number of attendants.
    (Maybe you just want a maid of honor, but he wants three groomsmen.)

9. Have a “man of honor” instead of a maid of honor. (Your brother? A good male friend?)

10. Have the groom choose a “best woman.” (His sister? A good female friend?)

11. Don’t wear a veil.

12. Have bridesmaids carry candles instead of bouquets as they walk down the aisle.

Bridesmaids Hold Candles

13. Write your own vows.

14. Have a ring warming. (What’s a ring warming you ask? There are different versions of this, but generally the rings are placed in a small bag and are passed around to each guest prior to the ring exchange. Each guest blesses the rings or says a prayer.)

15. Choose unconventional processional and/or recessional music. (Love The Beatles? Love Leonard Cohen? Go for it! You don’t have to stick with Pachelbel’s Canon or Ode to Joy.)

Carolyn Burke | Officiant  314.821.4844

Missouri Marriage License

What Happens 
Once You Get Your Marriage License in Missouri?

St Louis County Marriage License
Once your pick up your marriage license from the Recorder of Deeds Office, you must use the license within 30 days, it expires after the 30th day. If you do not use the license it must be returned to the Recorder of Deeds Office.

There are two papers for the Wedding Officiant to fill out : the Marriage License and the Marriage Certificate. The first paper is the valid marriage license which is the legal document that an officiant fills out before the ceremony with 1) The official name of person who performs the ceremony.  2) City where the wedding takes place.  3) County where the wedding takes place. 4) Day, month and year of wedding. 5) Official signature, title and sometimes their address.

Missouri marriage license
St Louis City Marriage Certificate and Marriage License
The second paper is the invalid marriage certificate that is given to you for keepsake purposes. In most cases, you will not be able to use the certificate for name change, banks, insurance purposes. Check with your travel agent or hotel for its use at your honeymoon destination.

Once the papers are filled out, two witnesses may sign them if available. Witnesses are not required in Missouri or Illinois. The wedding officiant is responsible for returning the marriage license back to the recorder of deeds, or you may choose to return it to get the certified copy of the marriage license instantly (for a fee).

You may not be able to pre-pay for a certified copy of the marriage license. In that case, you or anyone else can come into the marriage license office to get a certified copy. You can also request by mail or request online at OfficialRecordsOnline.com which costs anywhere between $9-$25 per copy.  In the request you will note both of your names before you were married, the date you were married etc.

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