I see so many wonderful wedding traditions as a photographer, and learning about their significance is always important to me. It’s crucial for me to not only capture the essence of the couple on their wedding day but also to honor their traditions and beliefs. And there are certainly plenty of Christian wedding traditions you can implement into your wedding! These traditions celebrate your union and acknowledge your faith, which is an important aspect of your relationship.
I love seeing couples come together and pledge to share their lives with one another before family, friends, and God. There’s just something special about recognizing a higher power when it comes to making a commitment to a lifelong union. There are so many ways to celebrate your faith on your wedding day! If you’re looking for Christian wedding traditions for your ceremony, here are five traditions you should consider.
5 Christian Wedding Traditions You Should Consider For Your Wedding
Take your time considering which traditions you want to use on your special day. Christian wedding traditions should resonate with both you and your partner, so be sure to ask what ones might be important to them, too.
#1 – Bridal Veil
Bridal veils are quite traditional, and you’ll see them used in various cultures. However, they’re also commonly seen in Christian wedding traditions. When you’re searching for that perfect wedding dress for your wedding day, look for a dress that comes with a veil. Or, if you’ve found the wedding dress of your dreams and it doesn’t come with a predetermined veil, try to find one that matches the details of your dress.
You can wear your veil in any number of ways! It looks so elegant draped over you until you arrive at the altar when your soon-to-be spouse reveals you to the congregation. You can also have it cascade down your back from the crown of your head, accentuating your hair and dress. Christian wedding tradition says that the veil symbolizes purity, modesty, and reverence. It’s also a lovely way to adorn the bride!
#2 – The Wedding Dress
I’ve seen all kinds of wedding dresses. They vary in shape, style, color, and more! A wedding dress often reflects the personality of the bride. When it comes to Christian wedding traditions, most brides tend to opt for a pure white or cream gown that looks gorgeous and appropriate. There’s even a verse in the bible about wedding gowns:
“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”
Another Christian wedding tradition is selecting a dress in a clean shade of white, which symbolizes a bride’s purity and virtue. Plus, who doesn’t love a stunning, timeless white wedding dress? And you can always accent your dress while maintaining your demure appearance with accents like delicate beading, light gossamer, or intricate lace.
#3 – Reading Of The Verses
One of the most important Christian wedding traditions is the reading of the verses. There are so many inspiring verses from The Bible you can choose from, ones that can both celebrate you as a couple and your faith. Some of the most common verses I hear in Christian weddings are 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (“Love is patient, love is kind…”) and Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor…”).
When selecting a verse from The Bible for this Christian wedding tradition, really take time to consider what verse and translation accurately reflect your commitment to each other. Also, you can ask family members or close friends to read the verses during the ceremony. This demonstrates that they will support you as a couple in your marriage and show their love for both of you!
#4 – Taking Communion
Christian wedding traditions often include communion, which is a sacred practice in the Christian faith, and it’s an important aspect to consider for your wedding. Communion at a wedding essentially symbolizes that the couple understands their faith comes first in their marriage. It’s essentially a way to give thanks to the Lord for your union, and it’s your first act of worship as husband and wife.
Keep in mind that usually, the priest administers the sacrament, so it may not be something you can ask friends or family to do as a part of the ceremony. You can just have the couple receive communion, or you can have the entire congregation attend communion as well! Regardless of what you decide, this Christian wedding tradition can be a truly wonderful and spiritual way to solidify your union within your faith.
#5 – Singing
Singing is one of my favorite Christian wedding traditions, and for good reason! Whether you want just a few featured singers at your wedding or want everyone to join in, singing at a wedding is always a hit. Watching the bride and groom sing with family and friends is so special and makes everyone feel connected. And since there are TONS of incredible Christian songs and hymns for weddings, you can easily get overwhelmed by the various choices.
Some popular Christian hymns commonly found in Christian wedding traditions are All Things Bright And Beautiful, Be Thou My Vision, and Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace.
There are many popular Christian songs for weddings, too, including How Great Thou Art by Carrie Underwood, I Choose You by Ryan Darling, The Prayer by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, and When I Say I Do by Matthew West. When you pick a Christian wedding song for your ceremony, find one that speaks to both of you as a couple and honors your faith, too.
Weddings are always such a joyful occasion; that’s why I can’t get enough of them! And seeing a couple come together to celebrate their love in front of everyone they love is truly remarkable. I love capturing the essence of the day and Christian wedding traditions can help ensure the couple’s faith is a part of their story. After all, what a blessing to have found one another!
If you’d like to talk more about Christian wedding photography ideas, I’d love to connect with you.