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* Write your own ceremony. The entire reason for having a wedding, really, is ceremony. The most important aspect of a wedding is not decorations, but vows and intentions that are stated in ceremony and that you give to each other. Research time-honored patterns to wedding ceremonies and follow this pattern in your own personal way.
* Invite meaningful guests. When you have a small number of guests, you can spend more time with them and really experience their presence. Minimum is just two of you, minister, and a witness. Invite family and friends with whom you have real relationships. Eliminate those that might be invited out of social obligation.
* Have your wedding at home, either indoors or in your garden, or in a park. Rather than spending a lot of money on floral arrangements, we put that money into tidying up our back yard and planting perennial flowers that we are still enjoying today.
Looking back on our wedding day, we are very pleased with our simple, small wedding. We were able to relax and enjoy day and experience love and support of our best friends. Best of all, we still had energy left for honeymoon...
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