Engaged and Ready to Compose Your Wedding Words

Engaged couples use Wedwordy to write their wedding ceremony script.

It is engagement season! With the “Merry Christmas” is the “marry me”! According to WeddingWire’s 2018 Newlywed Report, 38% of engagements happen between the months of November to February. Hearts are thumping at the prospect of a new journey, and before that, wedding preparations. One of the most imporant tasks of the couple in the time leading up to wedding day is writing their wedding ceremony script.

Luckily for couples in 2019 and beyond, there is Wedwordy! It is the only Web app for writing your wedding ceremony script. Why choose Wedwordy?

EFFORTLESS

Stop scouring the Internet for ceremony samples and fragments. In one app, you have everything you need! Wedwordy makes time for what matters – composing your words of love together.

COMPLETE

Wherever you are, whenever you’re ready, confidently compose your complete script with all the ceremony parts from the processional (your wedding party order) to the pronouncement (the officiant declares the two of you as newlyweds).

PERSONALIZED

With Wedwordy, be inspired to personalize each moment of the ceremony. You can edit any of the passages or import original content. Make your wedding words as special and unique as the two of you!

And whoever you choose as your officiant, whether friend or professional, let them know they can use Wedwordy as a starting point! Wedwordy makes composing your wedding ceremony script fun and easy because we know that there are a lot things on your wedding checklist. Wedding ceremony script – CHECK!

Photo Credit | Eternal Photography

 

Five Qualities of Extraordinary Wedding Vendors

There are five qualities to look for in your dream team of wedding vendors by Wedwordy and Tan Weddings & Events.

Wedwordy teamed up with Tan Weddings & Events to acknowledge wedding vendors that we have had the pleasure to work with. They are some of northern California’s best, earning rave reviews from clients and other vendors, and awards in their respective fields. What are the qualities that make them so awesome? Here are five criteria that you can look for as you assemble your dream team of wedding creatives:

PRO WORKFLOW

Whether communications with other vendors or contracts with the client, the wedding vendor maintains a high level of professionalism from start to finish. (An extraordinary vendor will know the work does not end with the final dance!) Emails, texts, and phone calls are done in a timely and efficient manner. Expectations and objectives are communicated, confirmed, and delivered. Their tools of the trade are up-to-date, appropo, and on-trend (like planning, design, and invoicing software, photo/video equipment, rentals, and even company attire on site). They are accountable for their work product and hold themselves and their staff to the highest standards.

COLLABORATIVE ZEAL

Think of a symphony. Each musician is a virtuoso on their instrument. Together, music happens when there is a precisely timed, finely-tuned rhythm and harmony. There is the exacting execution of the written notes, and the inspired spontaneity that comes from listening and adjusting to one another. A wedding production is like a symphony, or for our sports-minded friends, like a team. It takes a group of wedding professionals to bring the wedding to life. It takes collaboration to highlight each other’s strengths. It takes a mix of humility, agility, and flair. Bottom line, extraordinary vendors work together in support of the couple’s vision.

ARTISTIC SPIRIT

The wedding vendor should be passionate about their work, verging on obsession, just short of a neurosis! That’s when the work transcends work, it becomes a mission of the heart and art. It’s when their eye is seeing something more than the average human being, and hearing the words “that’s good enough” is a war-cry to go further, to be better, to triumph over mediocrity! Wedding creatives become extraordinary wedding creatives because they aim for something more in their service or product. Their soul infuses each flower, napkin fold, playlist, and ceremony word. These are the people you want to create your wedding celebration, and the people we want in our band!

PERSONAL TOUCH

Like Shrek, humans have layers. Underneath the professional, the teammate, the artist is the human being. It is this person that ultimately you, the client, will connect with. The extraordinary wedding vendor is only as good as the person underneath. Are they someone warm, funny, caring, understanding, genuine? You’re not going to marry your vendor, but at least during the preparations and the wedding day, you’ll know them fairly intimately! It is important that you make a connection with your wedding vendor. It should be someone who understands your vision and your personality because everyone needs people that get them – whether you’re an ogre, donkey, or human.

INVESTMENT VALUE

Your wedding budget is finite. You want to make every dollar count, you want to optimize your wedding investment value. Clearly, your goal should not be to find the cheapest or the most extravagantly priced vendors. Hire an experienced wedding planner like Tan Weddings & Events who can guide you in matching your budget to your vision. Or do a bit of research. Reach out to your prospective vendors. Generally, it is not good practice in the industry to negotiate down their pricing. It means they will need to cut corners, whether it is staffing or less flowers, for instance. Instead, prioritize what’s most important to you and spend the money where it counts, securing the vendor who is right for your wallet.

If you are planning a wedding in northern California, check out Tan Weddings & Events’ website for a list of their Preferred Vendors!

Photo Credit | Ron Tan Photography

Wedwordy Powers the Romance of an Elopement

Recently wed couple standing on a rock at Benner Creek campground in Chester, California

You take your fiance by the hand and whisper into their ear, “Let’s elope.” The idea is so enticing that you pack your bags and fly! Whether you head to the secluded redwoods, the serene coast, or chic vineyard, you’ll need two essential elements to make your elopement truly romantic and magical: a wedding planner and your wedding ceremony script.

Before you book your flight to California, call Tan Weddings & Events. Owner and Principal Planner Jennifer Tan will talk you through the logistics of your destination wedding. She will craft your elopement to match your vision perfectly, securing the venue of your choice, officiant, bouquet, cake, champagne, music, and accomodations! You simply need to show up with your rings and your fiance!

While your wedding planner is taking care of you and your vision, you can take care of your wedding ceremony script, even before your plane lands on the tarmac. Wedwordy is a Web based app so you can begin drafting your wedding words the moment you whispered, “Let’s elope.” On the app, begin with a dynamic template – the Short & Sweet Template is a popular one for elopement weddings. Your names auto-populate the script when you enter your profile information. Conveniently, your wedding words are complete as is, ready for your ceremony, or you can easily customize the ceremony words by editing the available passages or importing your own content into the ceremony script.

Choose Tan Weddings & Events as your trusted elopement wedding planner and use Wedwordy to compose your words of love!

Photo Credit: XSiGHT Photography

My Best Friend’s Wedding 101

A young couple talking with their officiant during their wedding ceremony

Are you officiating your friend’s wedding but have no idea where to begin? Are you nervous that you might stumble or say the wrong thing? Whether you are a professional or ordained online, Wedwordy is a unique tool to help guide individuals in customizing the perfect words for the wedding ceremony.

Julian, a close friend of Briana and Jonathan, officiated their wedding using our app Wedwordy in order to create an endearing ceremony that was a perfect representation of the couple’s love for one another. He began with the “secular” template and added excerpts from the Elements Library such as the “Story of Admiration,” which described three elements the couple adores about each other. With over 80 passages to choose from, you have the option of enhancing your voice and adding a splash of your own personality.

Here is an excerpt chosen by the beloved couple:

Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”

-Vincent Van Gogh

Why stress? Use Wedwordy today!

Do you want to learn more? Check out this video, Pro Tips on How to Run a Wedding Rehearsal, by clicking the link below!

 

    Photography | Liz Zimbelman Photography

Planning, Coordination & Design | Tan Weddings & Events

Catering | Anderson Family Catering

Cake & Desserts | Above & Beyond Cakes

HMUA | I Make Beautiful

Florals | Wild Flowers Design Group

DJ | Function 45

Lighting | Deborba Events

Videography | Phillip Alan Film

Officiant |Julian Walker

Rentals | Mimi & Co., La Tavola, Celebrations, Standard Party Rentals, Blossom Farm Vintage Rentals

Venue | Flower Farm Inn

Dress |Maggie Sottero Designs from Miosa Bride

 

 

 

We Love the Oathing Stone Ritual

Oathing stone image for unity ritual for Wedwordy, photo by XSiGHT

A wonderful couple in northern California had requested a special unity ritual to be shared in their wedding ceremony. When Kali and Chase explained to Reverend Rick Tan of Tan Weddings & Events about the significance of the oathing stones, he was super excited to incorporate it into their wedding ceremony script! The ritual originated in Scotland where couples would lay their hands on a giant stone as they professed their love and exchanged their vows. In the ceremony, a giant boulder would be unwieldy, so a smooth river stone was used and passed through all the guests’ hands before ending up with the couple, just in time for their exchange of vows – so beautiful!

Now, Wedwordy includes it our growing library of fabulous passages. You can find it in the element Unity Rituals. When you compose your wedding ceremony draft, go to the Elements Library, choose Unity Ritual, drag it into your ceremony (we recommend following the Greeting), click “Save Draft” to update the new ceremony flow, then scroll through the Unity Ritual passages for Oathing Stone. Select and save it, and it’s now in your wedding ceremony script!

Photo Credit | XSiGHT

A Sabering Experience – Swords and Wedding Words

Canadian Bride on his wedding day opening a bottle of champagne with a saber

A wonderful couple from Canada made their destination wedding one to remember with a venue at the Fairmont Sonoma, CA, wedding words by Wedwordy, and a champagne toast via sabering! What is sabering, you may ask? It’s a way of opening a bottle of champagne by way of a cermonious whacking off of the cork with an appropriate instrument – a saber, if there’s one available. Also called “sabrage”, this tradition is fun to witness. Sometimes, the bottle top and cork don’t always separate cleanly (as in our featured picture). No guests were injured in the sabrage! Only joy and fun by those celebrating Jennifer and Ian’s wedding day.

Here is an excerpt from their wedding script, powered by Wedwordy:

Vigilance and uncompromising loyalty for the well-being of your partner will not only help you weather a storm, but it will certainly surround your everyday with tenderness and care.   
Growing together in marriage is truly a most fulfilling adventure. Each day is an opportunity – a blessing, for a comforting embrace, a stolen romantic kiss, a kind word, and genuine laughter and joy.

Congrats, Jen and Ian!

 

PHOTOGRAPHY Valley Images Photography
PLANNING, DESIGN, HARP & OFFICIANT | Tan Weddings & Events
LINENS |  La Tavola Fine Linen
FLORALSFull Belly Florals
GUITAR & MUSICBrian Wolfe Events
HMUAIt’s a Date at the Powder Room
VENUE, CATERING, CAKE, BAR & ACCOMMODATIONSFairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Wedwordy on Wedding Chicks

A couple that used Wedwordy to compose their ceremony script standing outside in a California pine forest

Wedding Chicks is nearing 2 million followers on FaceBook, so you can understand our extreme elation as featured guests! The online uber wedding resource provides couples with lots and lots of inspiration for their wedding day. We are excited to know their readership will learn more about Wedwordy, as it has much to offer in composing personalized wedding words from the processional to the pronouncement. Engagement season is here, and couples will want to know they have an app that will help them with writing their wedding ceremony script!

Check out Wedwordy on Wedding Chicks: Write Your Own Ceremony with Wedwordy. The post has a bit of background info about the app, three sample scripts generated and personalized from the app, and a list of helpful advice for starting your wedding ceremony words.

Photo Credit | Nicole Sepulveda-Smith, XSiGHT

How to Have a Secular Wedding Ceremony

What is a secular wedding ceremony? It is a ceremony that reflects the couple’s choice of a wedding script that does not prescribe to any particular faith or religious affiliation. Whether couples are religious themselves or not, they believe their wedding – their marriage – stands on a commitment of friendship and love. And love is universal, belonging to all faiths, cultures, and partnerships.

The wedding words of a secular ceremony will contain few or no references to God or religion. For instance, in the Catholic faith, marriage is referred to as Holy Matrimony, which is one of the seven sacraments. For a couple who is not Catholic, that term may hold no special meaning. So they may choose to use other words such as “marriage”, “commitment”, or even “sacred unity” throughout their ceremony. If the ceremony contains readings, they may be poems or verses about love, friendship, respect, or passion, instead of Bible verses.

Here is an excerpt from “The Invitation” by Oriah:

“It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand alone in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes.”

Wedwordy is fortunate to have Oriah’s permission to use her beautiful, secular poem about deep, unconditional love. You can find it in the Secular Template of Wedwordy, or choose it from the Element Library of Wedwordy under “Poems & Readings”. Using the Secular Template of Wedwordy gives couples wishing for a non-religious ceremony a great starting point for their personalized wedding ceremony script.

Photo Credit | En Pointe Photography

 

Top Ten Questions to Ponder Before Writing Your Wedding Script

A bride after her wedding ceremony at Park Winters, California.

So you’re almost ready to use Wedwordy in writing your wedding ceremony script! To help guide you, here are some prompts for you to reflect on.

Top Ten Questions to Ponder Before Writing Your Wedding Script

  1. How do you define your relationship? Choose readings, reflections, and wording that reflect your personalities and your ideals about married life. Wedwordy has several passages to choose from in all the elements that would resonate best with you, such as in Poems & Readings, Reflections, and even the Exchange of Vows.
  2. Where are you in the spectrum of traditional to contemporary? Wedwordy gives you the opportunity to choose passages that lean towards traditional such as the reading from Corinthians “Love is patient and kind…” or to contemporary such as the Key to Love “The key to love is respect…” and to mix-and-match to give your script just the right flavor!
  3. Is your faith central to your beliefs in guiding your marriage? Starting with Wedwordy templates such as Christian, Secular, Catholic, among other faiths, give you a starting point that honors your faith, and from there, you can tailor to your personal beliefs as a couple.
  4. Is your cultural background important for you to honor? There are unity rituals that are cultural-based in Wedwordy, such as the ritual of the cord/lasso, or stomping of the glass that you can add to your script.
  5. Are there any family expectations you feel need to be met? Often, couples find it a challenge to create a ceremony that reflects them and honors family at the same time! With Wedwordy, since you are able to mix-and-match elements that pull from tradition, faith, culture, poems, contemporary, and also add original external content, you can carefully harmonize wording that appeases and appeals to invested family!
  6. How comfortable are you in being the center of attention? Wedwordy gives you an estimate of the length of the ceremony, and allows you to choose elements where you have more to say, or less to say, depending on your comfort level.
  7. Would you like to share your story, personal vows? You know your guests better than anyone, so would sharing the story of how you met, or exchanging your written vows, be fun to include in your ceremony? In Wedwordy, when you choose the element “Story | Admiration”, you can give a space in the ceremony to allow your officiant to write a narrative about how you met and fell in love!
  8. Will you have friends/family participate in the wedding ceremony? In Wedwordy, there is an interactive “Shout Out” that allows your guests to respond with a resounding “I will!” to a series of questions lending their support, or perhaps honor a family member or friend by having them do any of the 20 readings and prayers available in Wedwordy.
  9. Will you translate the words, or some of the words, to another language? If you will be translating your script, or portions of the script, to another language for your officiant, keep in mind how that will flow in your ceremony, and how that might adjust the length of the ceremony as well.
  10. What do you want your gathered guests to remember most about your ceremony? Lastly, this is a good question to consider. This may help shape the flow of your wedding ceremony script. Consider what the highlights of the ceremony will be – a reading, your personal vows, a unity ritual, and consider the overall mood – light, traditional, fun.

Photo Credit | Nick Graham Photography

Pro Tips on Running a Wedding Ceremony Rehearsal

Conducting a wedding ceremony rehearsal is not as challenging as you might think, if you know the basic logistics of a wedding ceremony. Tan Weddings & Events and Wedwordy teamed up to produce a short 3 minute video of a wedding rehearsal for our friends Briana and Jonathan. The video depicts the couple’s partnership, personality, and family circle. Tailor the ceremony to what suits you and your partner, and your vision.

Here are a few highlight tips of running a rehearsal:

  1. Start with the ceremony line-up, so the facilitator can see who is in the Wedding Party, the honored family members, and + one’s who wanted to tag along!
  2. The Wedding party should be shoulder to shoulder, slightly angled, no sun glasses, no gum, and no locking the knees.
  3. The couple stands facing each other, hand-in-hand, throughout the ceremony.
  4. Next practice the Recessional (the exit), beginning with the newlyweds, then the Wedding Party starting closest to the couple, then parents and grandparets as applicable.
  5. End the rehearsal by practicing the Processional (the entrance).
  6. If possible, have witnesses sign the marriage license with the officiant/coordinator facilitating. It is one less think to worry about on the wedding day!

Enjoy the video!