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#1 Daybreak

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 11:05 AM

How much information do I include? The ceremony has a slightly pagan bent (ie bits people won't be familiar with) Does that affect how much I put in the OOS?
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Posted 27 March 2011 - 12:19 PM

I remember pulling my hair out over this!!

Does your officiant have a guideline you can follow? As a general rule, I think you should put in anything that the guests have to actually say. You can leave out parts where they have to sit or stand specifically, as long as the person leading the service is also happy to direct them (ie: 'All stand now please').

One thing I'm really glad I did was put in the words to the music we had, and also the full text of our vows (we had traditional ones, though). Means now, almost 4 years later, I can read the OOS and revisit all those words that we said. It did mean our OOS was a booklet though (4+ pages long)- it depends if you want something shorter.

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 01:04 PM

QUOTE(AK2 @ Mar 27 2011, 01:19 PM) View Post


One thing I'm really glad I did was put in the words to the music we had, and also the full text of our vows (we had traditional ones, though). Means now, almost 4 years later, I can read the OOS and revisit all those words that we said. It did mean our OOS was a booklet though (4+ pages long)- it depends if you want something shorter.



We did this too. Basically we put in the reading, the full text of the vows, even the stuff that the celebrant said ie. The intro, welcome to guests, thank you to guests from us etc. Also the "schedule" of the day as in what time the ceremony started and finished, where to go for pre reception drinks while we were having photos and what time reception started etc. Ours was looong...but I'm glad we have all the words etc to look back on now smile.gif

I like to be able to read what the readings and vows are at weddings anyway but that's just me. I went to a wedding a couple of years ago where they did this and because it was hard to hear them speaking in the church I was glad I could still follow what they were saying through their OOS so sometimes it is a practical help as well as a sentimental thing! If you prefer to keep it short you can, its up to you!

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Posted 28 March 2011 - 06:41 AM

We didn't bother having one biggrin.gif Saved us lots of hair pulling and not one person complained or even commented we didn't have any. Our celebrant made us up one so we have one with all the ceremony details but we didn't have to agonise over what to put in
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Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:19 AM

We had a smallish garden ceremony (about 60ppl) and didn't bother with OOS - helps that DH & I are both loudmouths though happy.gif Defo saved our angst!! Then again we didn't do our vows until the night before either over a bottle of wine *GASP* yes we spent the night before our big day together wink.gif laugh.gif Not a pair of traditionalists at all tongue.gif

If your day is going to be a little left of center it could be handy to help guide your guests if they're supposed to be taking part in the ceremony at all. I think I'd like to know what was expected of me as a guest - also I am PLAIN old nosey tongue.gif

I can also see how it would be lovely to have an OOS to help guide proceedings and to have as a reminder of the day. We ended up putting our vows into the photobook of our wedding though.

I think it's your OOS - you put in as much or as little as you want tongue.gif
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