Updated: Aug 26, 2018
How important is humour at a wedding ceremony?
Having been a marriage celebrant since 2009, I have come to realise the importance of humour, when conducting a wedding ceremony.
To quote a yesteryear comic Milton Berle, “Laughter is an instant vacation”. Therefore, when I think of ceremonies, and how to convey the bride and groom’s story, a touch of humour lightens the mood and makes it an enjoyable experience for all concerned. Having fun is often contagious.
Careful consideration is always taken, respectful that everyone has different views on what is funny and what is not. Subtlety and timing mean everything.
Sometimes it can just be a certain look or an action, or even a pause when narrating the couple’s story.
The last thing I would want, is for the bride and groom and guests attending, to be wishing and hoping that the ceremony would end, due to boredom.
A ceremony with laughter captures the moment, and is spoken about in years to come.
It will be remembered for all the right reasons.
E.E. Cummings once wrote: “The most wasted of all days, is one without laughter”.
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