Craft and Ceremonies
A creative celebrant exhibits a high level of stagecraft
that is achieved through planning and practice. Make sure
that every person in the wedding party knows his part.
Support and encourage them until they are confident.
to think about and discuss
Rehearsal leads to Perfect Performances of Wedding Ceremonies
- To have a unique style.
- Does the music match the style?
- Visual presentation
possibilities. – Weddings
can and should be entertaining
- Does the scripting of the ceremony flow! How will it
enhance the presentation?
- Body language and expression.
- Make it be enjoyable and fun.
The celebrant must make the whole rehearsal seem simple,
even though it is sometimes quite complicated, so as not
to overload those nervous brides and grooms! The celebrant
covers all of the following aspects when doing a rehearsal.
Plan, Prepare and Present
- Entrances and positioning of The Celebrant, Bride and
Groom, The Bridal Party, and The Speakers
- Professional yet fun
- The Business
Side – Legalities
in the ceremony.
- Music Selection
and Plan – Live
or recorded - Choruses, Quartets and Other Mysteries
- Audio-visual Aids - Lighting and sound.
- Make-up Technique
- Energy Development
- Visual Interpretation
- How much is enough?
- Practice, gain experience and build confidence.
When the Wedding
Party has rehearsed its notes and words, listened to the
music, polished its choreography and positioning, have
their clothing there’s
only one thing left to do: perform the wedding!”
into your Ceremony
Here are just a few theatrical ideas:
Special Effects – Smoke
- Audience participation. Involve the audience in the
- Draw them into your ceremony.
- Have them perform rhythmic hand clapping, lead them
in a brief sing-along or incorporate the audience's name
or locale into the ceremony.
- Invite local school or community music groups to perform
- Develop a thematic package. A thematic ceremony can
inspire the audience's imagination, and maintain more audience
involvement than a conventional package.
- Introduce visual variety. Visual variety maintains interest.
Props, (symbols eg. Candles) lighting changes and movement
keep the ceremony visually stimulating.
These are the only way of
producing a truly coloured smoke. The dyes used will mark
scenery or drapes nearby. Pyro flash cartridges produce a
jet of deeply coloured dense smoke for seven or thirty seconds
when fired, and I think Stage FX pods produce smoke for about
Dry-ice or CO2
A dry-ice smoke kettle
is a sealed plastic box with electric heating elements in
the bottom, and a metal basket that can be raised or lowered
(think deep-fat dryer). The lower half is filled with water;
brought to near boiling by the electric elements. The basket
is filled with dry-ice. When the smoke is needed the basket
is lowered into the hot water. The dry-ice sublimes and produces
a very dense white water-vapour smoke. This is forced out
of a nozzle on the front of the kettle. These consume a lot
of power, 7 or 8 kW for a medium sized kettle.
Dry-ice smoke is very dense and low-lying.
Great effects can be produced by dropping dry-ice pellets
into a beaker of hot water. Dry-ice can be bought cheaply
from frozen food distributors, or 'borrowed' from university
physics departments. It can be stored in a polystyrene box
or cool box for 2-4 days. Make sure that the cool box isn't
airtight - the CO2 build up can blow the lid off.
This article has been written by Marita Wilcox - Creative Ceremonies
This article has been reproduced on Wedding
Central Australia with permission. © Marita Wilcox 2004.
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