1. Plan your ceremony to start close to the golden hour, if you are having a later wedding. You want enough time for photos afterward, so starting your ceremony about an hour and a half to 2 hours before the sun sets is
usually safest when it comes to light. Keep mountains and extra shaded venues in mind though.
Sometimes those types of venues could do an earlier start time than that!
2. Unless otherwise specified by your officiant, keep your hands in touch! You might feel uncomfortable with what to do with your hands. Especially when reading your vows, but I recommend holding hands most, if not all of the ceremony! It looks great in photos, you feel more comfortable, and it keeps you in contact!
3. If you are writing your own vows, get a custom vow book for each of you!
They look cute in photos, and make a great keepsake!
4. Don't forget to look into the crowd of faces at least once during the ceremony.
Take mental pictures of your loved ones surrounding you!
5. Have a familiar face at the front of the aisle for your flower girl/ring bearer to walk to. (Maybe tell them that person has a candy waiting for them, depending on age) It helps keep them coming down the aisle, especially if they are shy or nervous!
6. If you are not having a first look, make sure the groom can't spot the bride until she is coming down the aisle. Have the groom turned and best man let him know when to turn around. Or bride, hide in a planned spot until it's your time to walk down. Either way, this takes some preparation before the ceremony starts! You don't want to overlook this.
7. Maid of Honor- make sure bride's train is laid out nicely after she stands next to you!
8. Short and sweet ceremonies are often the best. Dragging it out too long can make everyone antsy and tired!
Most ceremonies are about 15-25 minutes long.
9. Hold your kiss, or kiss multiple times! Not only is it romantic and a major crowd booster, but it ensures that your photographer got multiple shots of your first kiss as husband and wife!
10. Stop and kiss half way through the aisle as you run to the back as husband and wife!
It's a great shot to grab with all your guests in the background cheering!