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Guide To Wedding Ceremony Accessories

Updated on March 10, 2014

Planning Your Wedding

When it comes to wedding ceremony accessories, you have a lot of choices to pick from. You may become a little bit overwhelmed, in fact, by all the choices that are available.

You don’t have to do everything by the books, but if you want to know what traditional wedding ceremony accessories include, read on.

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Flower Girl & Ring Bearer

Start by thinking about where your ceremony will be. If it’s indoors, you will want to consider the church wedding ceremony accessories that most brides have. First are the flower girl and ring bearer accoutrements. Many brides today are foregoing the traditional basket and ring pillow and going creative. But you should consider that the ring bearer and flower girl will have to hold something.

So put on your ceremony accessories list something for each of them to hold. You could give the flower girl a Ken doll and the ring bearer a Barbie dressed up in a bridal gown. That would make a really cute entrance if you have them walk in together.

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Aisle Runners

Next is some kind of aisle runner. Brides have weighed in on this topic and found that sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. If it’s outdoors, make sure you use some sort of plastic or stabilizing base under a cloth runner. Otherwise, you could risk guests and the bridal party tripping on it or sinking their heels into it and leaving it a mess by the time the bride comes down the aisle.

But there are really cute ways to do an aisle runner if you want one. Today’s couples are having sentiments printed on them like “The two shall become one…” or some other wedding reference.

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Unity Candle

Another item you may want at your ceremony is a candle. Candles range from a unity candle which is used to show the new household being formed when the bride and groom become one. The other is the memorial candle. This is usually printed with some kind of memorial verse and is used as a tribute to a parent or grandparent or other special person in the couple’s life who has recently passed away or is no longer able to attend weddings due to age or illness.


Wedding Programs

Consider that your wedding programs need not be elaborate. But you might want to include them as part of your ceremony accessories. Guests tend to expect them and like to keep them as mementos of the day. Another function of the ceremony program is that it allows the bride and groom to thank special people or wedding sponsors who have made the day possible. It’s not really something necessary though, especially if budgets are tight. Or, you can always make your own one sheet or booklet type program right from your own computer on special paper.


Flowers, Bows, Seeds - Oh My!

Other ceremony accessories include any flowers you want to decorate the altar and any bows you want on the pews. Many brides donate the flowers to the church and leave them there after the wedding.

So, consider something that’s pretty, but doesn’t have to be overly ornate. And if you don’t want pew bows because of the expense, either make inexpensive ones out of ribbon from the craft store or fore-go them entirely. No one will really miss them and its one expense you can save.

One final item to consider is birdseed for guests to throw as you emerge from the church. You can do wedding bubbles instead for the same effect.


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      Janice S 5 years ago

      There are so many places to get fully coordinated accessories online so bride's can find stuff much more easily these days. Great ideas!