Wedding Ceremony Planning

Wedding Ceremony Planning

Wedding ceremonies take time to create. Olive Tree Officiating ensures that your ceremony planning will be perfect. How do we do this? By providing each client with a Wedding Ceremony Planning Specialist. An experienced Officiant, working with you, your Planner/Coordinator, the Photographer and all other support professionals to ensure that your ceremony is exactly the way you want it to be. Like any creative, unique work of art, planning a wedding ceremony that reflects the values and beliefs of the couple requires time and attention. For each minute you invest in the planning of your wedding ceremony, you should expect to receive back years of satisfaction. A bride and groom will ask all kinds of questions about their special day. Flowers, food and fabric are only part of the total picture you will hope to create for your guests. Ceremony planning should receive the same attention to detail as picking out colors, flowers and food. Those minutes, hours, days and months you spend creating the vision that will become your wedding day, must include specific attention to the details of the ceremony. Music, vows, rings, bridal parties, attendants, guests of honor and special ceremonies are just a few of the components that bring out the “special” in your special day. Wedding Ceremony Planning Specialists need to be consulted. Most modern weddings include a Wedding Planner or Coordinator. At the very least you’ll consult with a site or venue coordinator or manager, someone who ensures a basic level of support so that the important things aren’t forgotten. The same is true for your ceremony. Olive Tree Officiating provides a Ceremony Planning Specialist for you. Now, instead of having only one Officiant to look over and design your ceremony, you have two professionals working on the specifics of your ceremony. Wedding Ceremony Planning Specialists ensure your creative past and present are included into your unique, and customized wedding ceremony. The Ceremony Planning Specialists is an experienced Officiant, someone with years of knowledge in the wedding industry, specifically focused on the ceremony planning, design and execution you will need on your special day. This person is kind of like a planner and they work in partnership with you, your fiance, the Officiant, your Wedding Planner and all of the other professionals present, to make sure your wedding ceremony happens without a problem. The Ceremony Planning Specialist is present to maximize your creativity as it shows up in the ceremony. Olive Tree Officiants have seen a few weddings. We live and breathe the wedding industry. That means we are ready to make suggestions for you, wording, ceremonies, inclusions and exclusions to your ceremony that will best embody your beliefs, values and history while painting...

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Wedding Officiants On The Central Coast Ric L.

Wedding Officiants On The Central Coast Ric L.

Olive Tree Officiant Ric L. does it again! Central Coast weddings have not been the same since Ric came on the scene. Ric has been a part of the Olive Tree Officiating staff for over a year. He has performed many weddings and elopements, directed rehearsals and ensured that our clients receive the highest level of service. Ric prides himself on friendly, jovial and professional service. He is confident and capable of rolling with the punches and solving any roadblock to our client’s ultimate satisfaction. Ric performs weddings, elopements, and vow renewals in English. He is willing to travel all over the Central Coast and beyond. He loves performing weddings and he loves attending to the needs of each couple. Contact Olive Tree Officiating today to book...

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Beaux and Soriah’s Backstory

Beaux and Soriah’s Backstory

The wedding ceremony backstory is the ideal way to communicate the specifics about your love for your future spouse. The benefit of taking the time to write the wedding backstory includes but is not limited to, introducing your future spouse to the other side of the family, telling your closest family and friends why you’re in love, and just because it’s fun to talk about your future spouse and all the things you love about them. A quality backstory gets his and her opinions. It can’t be a complete backstory if it’s one sided. The Backstory should enlighten both “sides of the aisle.” All of your ceremony guests should feel like they know the bride and groom more deeply after hearing the backstory. “Beaux and Soriah met like so many modern couples meet: online. After a causal online chat or two they decided to meet up. In fact, she approached him first. After they met, Beaux said his first impression of Soriah was, and I quote, “Beautiful inside and out.” They quickly learned that they had much in common including kids, family, and soccer. And of course, they shared a love for the local burger grill where they enjoyed their first lunch date. In Beaux’s words, “the conversation was smooth and easy, and I couldn’t wait for number two.” When writing the backstory don’t look for uniformity. Your ceremony planning specialist will help iron out the kinks in language so that your Officiant is able to clearly and accurately communicate the specifics of your history together. It’s ok for this type of writing to include two separate voices: the groom’s and the bride’s. It’s ok to use a template. After all: this particularly feet of writing has been done before. Let a professional officiant guide you through the process those that there are as few bumps in the road as possible. If you ask Beaux what he admires about Soriah he’ll say, “her guts, and her willingness to fight through the tough years.” Beaux loves the way Soriah treats others, but most of all, he loves how she treats his children. She loves them, “with no strings attached.” The right backstory includes what you love about your future spouse and nothing else. Tell people what you’ve learned not what they expect to hear, or what you think they want to hear. Be specific whenever possible. “The list of the things Soriah loves about Beaux is not short. It’s pretty much everything. But the list definitely includes his smile, his faith and how she loves him, sharing fires outside, their travels, dinners, a similar sense of humor…and her foot rubs are the best!Beaux can’t wait to see her every day, hold her, talk with her. “It’s just...

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Wedding Ceremony Embellishments

Wedding Ceremony Embellishments

Wedding ceremony embellishments include those parts and pieces of the ceremony that communicate the specific beliefs and values of the bride and groom. Embellishments include spoken portions of the ceremony i.e. vows. Embellishments also include unspoken portions of the ceremony such as lighting candles or sand ceremonies. The embellishments you choose should fit your overall wedding theme. Beach weddings are perfect for Sand Ceremonies. The reasons are obvious. This is an example of how the embellishment fits the ceremony theme. Remember: just because a wedding happens in a specific location doesn’t mean the theme is going to reflect that location. You might have a rock-n-roll wedding in a barn. Embellishments should be consistent with your beliefs. Sometimes a wedding includes embellishments that don’t fit. For instance, communion. Communion is historically an embellishment used by religious couples who come from a traditional Christian, Protestant or Catholic background. If your ceremony does not include references to God or the Bible, including communion might not make a lot of sense. However, other embellishments such as the use of floral crowns or specific decorations may work very nicely sans the religious overtones. Tradition should drive your choice of embellishments. The Hispanic culture frequently uses the Lasso Ceremony. The Lasso is symbolic for connection and commitment and it has many religious undertones. The Lasso ceremony may fit will into a traditional Hispanic wedding but it may need some tweaking for an Anglo wedding. For instance, central European cultures have a ceremony called “hand fastening.” It’s the same idea as the Lasso but with a small rope that secures only the hands together. Embellishments should be personal. Every bride and groom wants to have fun. Unfortunately, many never achieve fun in their wedding because they are so hindered with traditional expectations of what a wedding should look and sound like. You have to force creativity into weddings sometimes. This is how we make weddings fun: by making them personal and unique to the bride and groom. If the couple loves a specific movie, book series or set of paintings incorporate those as decorations, use the lyrics in your vows or dress up like your favorite literary character. Embellishments should inform your assembly. Who is the assembly? Those are your friends and family, guests and relatives whom you have invited to your wedding ceremony. Each of the specific embellishments you’ve included in your ceremony should communicate something about who you are and what you believe. The most obvious example of this is the backstory. The backstory is a brief, 3-8 minute (2-3 pages, typed, single spaced) introduction of the couple. It introduces the bride and groom to the assembly. It answers the question, How did they meet?...

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