We Do(e): We Promise to Laugh

When it came to our ceremony, for a while I was at a bit of a loss. I wanted it customized to us, and I wanted it short, but I didn’t know how to go about that. I thought that maybe wedding ceremonies had to include certain elements to make them official? I was not entirely sure. I haven’t been to many weddings. After much research I came to realize that we really could do anything we wanted. From there I started to read everything I could on wedding ceremonies and pulled out certain pieces I liked. I had brainstormed all different words, saying, verses, prayers and quotes that I thought would work well. From there, I took them to Mr. Buck and asked for his input and he was able to narrow down the list. From there I continued to write our ceremony all by my little self.

I’ve shared a lot on Weddingbee, and while I love you all dearly, I plan to keep what was said during our ceremony between us and those that attended. I do hope you understand, but I will outline a few bits and pieces.

My dad had practiced over and over the perfect response for when the officiant asked “who gives this bride away?” So naturally, my dad nailed it with “her mother and I do.”



From there, our officiant opened in a word of prayer asking for our savior to bless this day and for us to remember there is nothing more precious than the gift of loving each other.


Our vows were pretty short and very straight forward. In fact, it was only one sentence and more details and customization were actually put into our ring exchange. Unconventional? Maybe. But, it just seemed to work well for us.

During our ring exchange we did promise to always make one another laugh. It’s something we’re good at it, so might as well promise it during the most important promise of our life.






Our ceremony was a whole 15 minutes tops, including the processional. While we may not have had fancy rituals—like a sand ceremony or wine box ceremony—we stayed true to ourselves by keeping it simple. It was, indeed, short and sweet, but Mr. Buck and I wrote every word of it.

Where did you find inspiration for what to include in your ceremony?

*Photos by Martin’s Photography


We Journey Down The Aisle

The Ceremony Begins

The bridesmaids share a view out the window

The boys shake their nerves and take photos

The girls take photos

I show you my magical flowers

I talk about my whipped cream dress

The girls have fun getting glam

We get our hair done and grub down on some food delivered by dad


Mrs. Doe

Northern California
Wedding Date:
May 2012
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  1. castle Bee
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:17 am

    Sounds like you had a really special ceremony. We used mostly our officiants normal ceremony, but added some reading and elements that were personal to us. I think our ceremony ended up being 20 mins. I think 15-25 mins is the perfect ceremony length 🙂

  2. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:29 am

    This looks like such a sweet ceremony, love it!

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    Sa0306 122 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:22 pm

    You look so beautiful!!! Congratulations!

  4. msfox Bee
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:04 am

    I love that you wrote the entire ceremony – it makes it so personal. We had our friend/officiant do a basic outline, to which I added/changed things around/etc. I loved how much it reflected us as a couple!

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