Spotlight: Setting the Tone for Your Wedding Ceremony

Expert tips on how you can create a memorable experience for your guests
Written by
Laura Cross

Creating the perfect atmosphere for your ceremony is crucial when planning your wedding as it sets the stage for the entire celebration. The ceremony is not just another event - it is an expression of your love story and it requires careful planning and thoughtful execution. From the décor to the vows, every element should reflect the unique bond you have with your partner. Wedding experts share their insights on how to ensure your ceremony reflects you as a couple and leaves a lasting impression on your guests.

Focus on Love

At the core of every wedding ceremony is the celebration of love between two people. Justine Kunz of Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston Waterfront emphasizes the importance of keeping this focus:

“‘Couple’s love forward.’ In all aspects, in truth, at the core of every wedding ceremony is the celebration of the love of two people. If each aspect is kept in commitment to that, everything falls into place thematically and in harmony, without the headache of every little detail. That way, the décor, the schedule, from invitation to afterparty, and your Day-of Coordinator’s direction can all trace back to that one core value.”

By keeping your love story at the forefront, you can create a harmonious and meaningful experience that resonates with your guests.

Picture Marvelous
Picture Marvelous

Decorate with Intention

Madison Henry from Seattle Wedding Show highlights the importance of intentional decoration to create a cohesive and inviting atmosphere:

“Creating a beautiful and cohesive look for your wedding ceremony involves more than just choosing pretty decorations—it's about ensuring every element aligns with your overall theme and enhances the atmosphere you want to create. Carefully select flowers that match your color scheme and theme, placing them in strategic locations like bouquets, altar arrangements, and along the aisle. By decorating with intention, you ensure that every element not only looks beautiful but also contributes to the overall ambiance, creating a memorable and inviting atmosphere for you and your guests.”

Thoughtful decoration can transform your ceremony space, making it not only visually stunning but also emotionally impactful.

Into Dust Photography with Aria Style
Into Dust Photography with Aria Style 

Enhance the Natural Beauty with Thoughtful Decor

For venues with natural beauty, Janine B from Milestone Events at Rocky Pond suggests using decor to enhance, rather than overshadow, the setting:

“While our venue's natural beauty requires little enhancement, you can accentuate the garden and park ambiance with seasonal blooms along the aisle or by adorning the ceremony stage with an arbor or decorative pots.”

Using decor that complements the natural surroundings can create a harmonious environment, enhancing the overall aesthetic and making the space feel more integrated with its setting.

Photography by Sarah Anne Thompson
Sarah Anne Thompson

Communicate Your Vision

Chloe Hamilton from Seattle Art Museum underscores the importance of clear communication with your wedding planner and vendors:

"Setting the tone for your wedding starts with organization and communicating your vision to your wedding planner and vendors, then trusting their expertise to execute it to perfection."

Clear communication ensures that everyone involved in the planning process understands your vision and can work together to bring it to life.

JTobiason Photography
JTobiason Photography

Personalize the Ceremony

Personalization is key to make your ceremony more meaningful and memorable for both you and your guests. Andy Luck from Act 3 Catering advises couples to incorporate personal elements into their ceremony:

“Writing your own vows can add a deeply personal and emotional touch to the ceremony, allowing the couple to express their unique love story and promises to each other. Also, consider incorporating elements that reflect your personalities, such as favorite readings, poems, or songs, to make the ceremony uniquely yours.”

Photo courtesy of Act 3 Catering
Photo courtesy of Act 3 Catering

Be Your Unapologetic Selves

Tracy Bair from The Golf Club at Newcastle encourages couples to be themselves and add special, meaningful touches to their ceremony:

"The ambiance of your ceremony should represent you as a couple, and have a special meaning or memory to it. Be your most unapologetic selves and enjoy the moment. Remember that you are walking down the aisle to start the beginning of the next chapter of your lives together. Focus on one another, but be sure to add your own special touches to the ceremony. Play your favorite songs, laugh, cry, dance, and remember to slow down, take it all in, and embrace the moment."

Seth Cartwright
Seth Cartwright 

Setting the tone for your wedding ceremony is about creating an atmosphere that reflects your unique love story and makes your guests feel included and appreciated. Trust your team of professionals to bring your vision to life, and you’ll set the stage for an unforgettable celebration.

Main Photo by Orange Turtle Photography