• Holly Blum, The Word Whisperer

Trend alert: Custom-written wedding ceremonies


Every couple planning their wedding is focused on putting their unique stamp on the big day. Weddings today are more personalized than ever before, with couples paying attention to every detail that will reflect who they are as a couple. More and more, couples are challenging themselves (and the vendors they hire) to think outside the box and come up with something that’s never been done before.

As a professional speechwriter specializing in wedding and other special occasion speeches there is a new wedding trend I’m particularly excited about: custom-written wedding ceremonies. This is a twist on the traditional wedding ceremony where couples can truly express their love and commitment to one another in a way that is unique to them. Instead of the cookie cutter ceremony (Do you, [insert groom name] take [insert bride name] to have and to hold until death do you part?), there are unlimited possibilities for how the ceremony can be structured. From customized vows to special ceremonies that blend religious and cultural traditions to sermons that illuminate the essence of each couple, there are no restrictions when it comes to planning out the ceremony.

Keep in mind that made-to-order ceremonies work best when a friend or family member officiates the wedding. This is because the ceremony can leverage the personal connection to the couple in a more believable way. Plus, religious representatives typically have a style and rules that they like to follow when officiating.

To give you a better sense of my approach, this is a testimonial from a recent client:

We found Holly by way of our amazing wedding planner when we were getting nervous about our wedding ceremony. Since we both come from different religious backgrounds, we had decided that our best friend would be the best person to join us in marriage, despite his lack of experience officiating a wedding. Again, because we did not want to follow a specific religious template for the ceremony itself, it became apparent that our friend would have the task of writing the ceremony himself from scratch. At this point, we were definitely in need of guidance, which is where Holly came in. Holly helped by first meeting with us and asking us tons of questions to get to know us as a couple and as individuals. She took thorough notes and really got great material, which was utilized in the end result. She then met with our friend, the officiant, and got to know who he was and his relationship with us. Together, Holly and our friend crafted a beautiful, one of a kind wedding ceremony that wowed our family and friends on our special day. She went one step further and met with our friend multiple times to practice his delivery so that his execution of the ceremony went without a hitch on the day of the wedding.

We were looking for something different than the same old ceremony guests sit through at every wedding and ultimately, we found the experience to give us just that: a special ceremony that was handmade for us and included a variety of meaningful aspects and symbolism that we will forever remember.

We would recommend Holly to any couple who needs help crafting what will truly be a standout ceremony that your guests will find engaging, intimate, and special.

In the same way that a bride wants her dress to fit just right, so should your wedding ceremony. This is a new and exciting way to make your wedding truly represent you as a couple. If you are interested in learning more, please let me know.

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