18 Jun 2016
June 18, 2016

In my Heart, I Know I’m Funny – Humor in the Wedding Ceremony

When writing a wedding ceremony, you may think, should there be humor in it and if so, how much?  Well, the way we look at it, the ceremony should reflect the couple and since most couples we work with not only love each other, but love to laugh together, it is our belief that some laughter in the ceremony is not only acceptable but should be a given.  How much is up to the officiant and the couple to decide, but I can tell you that adding light-heartedness to a ceremony is great for couples who don’t want to cry through the whole ceremony, or know that they will be very nervous (laughter definitely calms the nerves).

Now, let me clarify the how, and what, behind getting smiles and laughter in the wedding ceremony.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, the ceremony is not a toast or a roast and the goal isn’t to get laughter at the expense or major embarrassment of the couple.  We find that if we introduce light-hearted readings, cute personal stories from the couple, and humorous marriage quotes, we can get the right amount and type of laughter and smiles from the couple and the guests.

For example, relate a story about the craziness of a particular couple’s engagement moment or use a quote like this one from Rita Rudner, “I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” The goal should be to make sure the level and type of light-heartedness match the couple and, if in doubt about whether or not something crosses the line, err on the side of caution and don’t use it.

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