Ok, so you want to get married in a beautiful square or park in the City of Savannah rather than inside a church. Let me help with one little detail. Your grand entrance. In a church, you know what it is going to be like, “the doors swing open when your song starts, and you enter!” When it is outside you have to create an entrance rather than standing and waiting to enter. Here are two different scenarios.
First, your carriage arrives early, you get out of the carriage while all your guests are watching you. However, the coordinator isn’t ready or everyone isn’t lined up. So you stand and wait, while everybody looks at your dress. After 5 minutes they turn back towards the beautiful flowers and greenery in the square. Once your music starts, then you enter. They’ve all seen you, so the big surprise and “ah ha moment” is gone.
Now try this nice romantic one! Everyone is in place: minister, groom, groomsmen, bridesmaids, parents, guests and the music is playing. They are all waiting for you in great anticipation, knowing that you’ll look exquisite but still waiting. Whether it is 2 minutes or 6 minutes, they all wait in anticipation. Imagine you arriving by a beautiful horse drawn carriage. The guests hear the clomping of the horses hooves and start looking for you. They see the horse. Then carriage, then they see YOU! You in your beautiful gown. The carriage goes around the square, while the music is playing. The guests see your “updo.” Yet, they don’t see the entire dress. They watch as you arrive at the end of the square. The guests watch in anticipation as you exit the carriage. Your dress gets fluffed. And then you start your walk. All eyes on your, the beautiful bride!
Over the years I have seen both. I encourage all brides to create a grand entrance. In my opinion, it is much better to have your guests wait for you than you wait for your ceremony to start.
If you don’t arrive by carriage you can still create the same sort of entrance. Just wait around the corner or down the street just a ways. Then walk the 60 to 90 seconds to your ceremony. It makes all the difference in the world.
What do you think?