Regardless of your religious affiliation, there are numerous ways in which you can personalize your wedding ceremony to add a more creative touch. If you're planning a religious ceremony at a church or temple, be sure to discuss all ideas with your officiant.

The following list incorporates some ideas to personalize your wedding ceremony:

• Invite the bride's mother to be part of the processional. Have her walk down the aisle with you and your father. (This is the traditional Jewish processional).

•  Invite the groom's parents to be part of the processional also.

• Ask friends and family members to perform special readings.

• Ask a friend or family member with musical talent to perform at the ceremony.

• Incorporate poetry and/or literature into your readings.

• Change places with the officiant and face your guests during the ceremony.

Light a unity candle to symbolize your two lives joining together as one.

• Drink wine from a shared "loving" cup to symbolize bonding with each other.

Hand a rose to each of your mothers as you pass by them during the recessional.

Release white doves into the air after being pronounced "husband and wife."

If the ceremony is held outside on a grassy area, have your guests toss grass or flower seeds over you instead of rice.

Publicly express gratitude for all that your parents have done for you.

Use a canopy to designate an altar for a non-church setting. Decorate it in ways that are symbolic or meaningful to you.

Burn incense to give the ceremony an exotic feeling.
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