Rather than meeting and greeting the guests after the ceremony, Lara thinks that couples taking a few minutes to themselves can be special.
Walked down the aisle. Exchanged vows. Shared the first kiss as a married couple. What next? Is it time to turn to the guests or steal a few beautiful moments to take in the feeling of "newly married" excitement with your spouse? All those weeks or months of experiencing an emotional roller coaster of venue planning, floral arrangements, shopping for dresses and working towards perfection for the big day only for it to pass by in a blink. So when do couples actually get the time to take in the overwhelming love and emotions of the day as their relationship transitions to the "next level"? Australian wedding celebrant Lara (@lovebylaracelbrant) touched on the topic in a video that's an eye-opener for soon-to-be-married couples. In the video, Lara emphasizes the importance of couples taking a moment for themselves right after the ceremony.
Lara introduces herself as a wedding celebrant and goes on to tell viewers, "Here's something you may not have thought of for your wedding." Her main intention for making this video is to convey a special message to couples who are thinking of marriage or planning a wedding. She initially talks about how couples typically spend their time immediately after exchanging vows and walking out down the aisle. "So at the end of the ceremony once the celebrant has cheered the couple out down the aisle, often couples will turn around at that point and greet all their guests and give them a bit of a hug," says Lara. As a wedding celebrant who has performed many ceremonies, Lara has observed this common behavior in several couples.
However, recently she has seen a shift in the way couples choose to spend their time after the ceremony. "What I've been hearing of lately and what I've been loving is the couple actually disappearing off for a moment, just the two of them," she says. She explains that the reason the couples disappear for a moment after the ceremony is "to let everything sink in that's happened."
Talking about couples turning up after their time off for a few minutes Lara says "And then maybe 5 or 10 minutes later returning to that space for that group photo and the family shots." She justifies this action of taking a little break from the crowd saying, "They're adults. They'll be able to handle themselves for five minutes especially if the celebrant has directed them to stick around for that group shot." Based on her experience, she believes that soon-to-be-married couples need to keep this in mind to make their big day memorable. She thinks that couples having a moment for themselves is a really special way to "not let that day get away from you and enjoy every second."
This wholesome video posted by Lara captioned "Would you do this at your wedding?" had many approving responses. @foreverkiah wrote "This is what my partner and I are doing. Running away after while our performer sings one last song for the guests! Glad others are doing it!!!" @australianweddings suggested: "Better during location photos. Leave the couple alone and focus on the bridal party photos. Leaving too much time before the family, you lose them." Lara's message can be valuable not just for the couples but also for the celebrants, guests and organizers who are a part of any wedding.