Choosing the Traditional Wedding Format
this website points out, I am a big advocate of brides and
grooms and bridal parties facing forward. There are over 225
images of this on my website. Indeed 99% of all couples
who ask me to officiate for them choose to face forward. But
isn't 100%, and in any given year one or more couples will ask
to have their ceremony in the traditional, backs turned
There are good reasons for this. Some couples, especially the
brides, will want their ceremony in the traditional format because
that's what they're most familiar with and it's the look of a
wedding ceremony they have always dreamed of. For them, changing
the format changes the dream, something they don't want to do.
couples, and this is the most common concern when considering
facing forward- fear they would be intimidated by the forward
format. I have helped couples of all confidence levels mentally
make the change and choose the forward format but some couples
truly want only the traditional format.
the bottom line: I want you to pick the ceremony format that's
right and comfortable for you. Facing forward is not a requirement
of mine and never will be. If you want the traditional, backs
turned arrangement then let's design your beautiful wedding in
that format. Formatting, whether forward or traditional, is only
one aspect of any given wedding ceremony. How you perform and
the elegance and poise you exhibit far outweigh whether you faced
forward or had your backs turned.
follow your heart and choose the format that's right for you.
And please remember: my first thousand weddings were all backs
turned so I'm really quite capable of bring out the absolute
best in that format as well.