Fabulous Friday: How to Make Your Wedding Ceremony Unique

Looking for some ideas to make your ceremony unique in your own personal way? Here are a few ideas to add a creative touch to your ceremony: Flowers! You may be thinking flowers, well duh. But you can get creative with the flower selection and arrangement. A flower arbor is an adorable way to draw attention to the ceremony space. Flower pedals down the aisle can be arranged in all kinds of ways to make the aisle look more appealing for pictures and for the grand entrance of the bride!

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Ceremony music is a way to show creativity from the bride and the groom! If youre tired of hearing "Air from Water", switch it up! Acoustic versions of your favorite songs make for great ceremony music! Have your parents seated to a fun acoustic version of their favorite song, like "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles. After the ceremony is over, you'll want to make your exit to something fun! Try "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," by Stevie Wonder.

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Vows, writing your own vows is a simple way to create something special between you and your groom. This also adds a personal touch to your ceremony.

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Don't forget about all the other men that make your life so special! If you have someone other than dad that has been a big part of your life, let them share in your experience. Step-dads or grandpa's also love to walk you down the aisle on your big day! Have a man on each arm, or have your dad walk you half way and someone else walk you the rest!

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Also think of having both of your parents walk you down the aisle, so they both can give you away!

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Chandeliers! A little bling hanging over top of the bride and groom is a cute and fun way to make your ceremony shine! Not to mention the great pictures!

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If you have someone special in your life.. other than your fiancé, bring them along!  Pets are a great way to liven up the ceremony, have your pets run down the aisle to greet you or have them escorted by friends or family! Cute bow ties and leashes and Dog Nanny recommended!

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Love Locks! This is such an adorable idea to add into your ceremony. You and your groom pick a cute lock and key set, engraved or painted! During the ceremony, the Officiant will tell you to place the lock on whatever you choose and toss the key! This is great for weddings on the water because the bride and groom can lock in their love by throwing the key "overboard". This is also a sweet idea to use with both sets of parents who present their own love locks as well.

Memory tables are a sweet way to remember those that could not be at the ceremony. Normally a table is dedicated to those who have passed with pictures of them and a cute little saying like, "We know you would be here today, if heaven wasn't so far away."

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Make your ceremony unique to you as a couple- it's about the two of you!

Magnolia Plantation Wedding: Melody + Andrew

Melody and Andrew said their vows at the Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church nearby and then were followed by their friends and family to Magnolia Plantation for the reception. The carriage house was decorated with trees by Plants Alive that added to the already rustic feel of the Carriage House. Ivory and beige linens and white flowers popped against the foliage and dark wooden setting. The night was filled with amazing food and dancing as everyone celebrated the union of this lovely couple.

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A passing shower couldn’t damper this beautiful bride’s day as she did her first look on the red bride on the Magnolia Plantation property, joined by her groom and stunning bridesmaids. Melody’s bridesmaids were each dressed in different long, beige dresses that were beaded and sequined, and were the perfect accent to Melody’s white beaded wedding gown. The décor of the reception also has an ivory and beige color scheme. Both the bridal party’s bouquets and arrangements in the Carriage House were full of white peonies, accented by slight hints of pink. Melody’s bouquet was uniquely arranged in dusty miller with pink and white peonies and roses and bright magenta astilbe. Each table was set with multiple small clusters of white flowers and cotton with hints of pink in vintage glasses and assorted mercury glass votives. The ivory draping stood out against the dark beams and potted trees that lined the center of the venue and led to the dance floor.

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After a romantic ceremony at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, guests of Melody and Andrew joined them at plantation for cocktail hour, drinks being served by Squeeze. Friends and family mingled in the carriage house and outside by the fire pit, lit by café lighting. The bridal party was soon announced in, followed closely behind by the newlyweds. The couple shared their first dances and cut their cake by Alisa Channell before stations were opened for dinner. Southern inspired stations by Mosaic included: BBQ sliders, skewers, shrimp and grits and mac and cheese, all presented on vintage wooden stands and boxes to match the décor.

IMG_3431-2IMG_4374-2IMG_5386IMG_5401IMG_5467-2IMG_5531_bwAfter a night filled with socializing and dancing to the sounds of Epic Charleston, guests made their way outside to give Melody and Andrew a proper send off to continue their night downtown. Friends and family lit a path with sparklers to the white Rolls Royce awaiting the newlyweds. The bride and groom drove away, waving goodbye, ready to begin the next chapter of their lives together!

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Melody and Andrew’s Vendors:
Venue | Magnolia Plantation Carriage House
Ceremony| Old St. Andrew's Church
Design & Planning | Pure Luxe Bride
Rentals | Event Works
Catering | Mosaic Edibles
Bar Service | Squeeze
Photography | Monika Gauthier
Florist | Branch Design Studio
Potted Trees | Plants Alive LLC
DJ | Epic Charleston
Cake | Alisa Channell
Hair & Make Up | Paper Dolls
Transportation | ACW