A guide to help you decide if you should share private vows before your ceremony on your small wedding or elopement day with close family and friends
If you’ve chosen to have your elopement or small wedding with close family and friends, you can still share private vows if you would like to!
Here’s a list of reasons you may want to carve out some time to share private vows between just the two of you before your ceremony.
Reasons to share private vows before the ceremony
There are things you want to say that you only want your partner to hear
Perhaps the biggest reason to share private vows before your small ceremony. You simply might want to keep some things private. While the guests of your small ceremony are your most cherished people, there are still some things you might want to only share with your partner. This allows you to be fully vulnerable with what you want to say to the love of your life!
Sharing private vows gets the pre-ceremony jitters out of the way
Maybe public speaking makes you super nervous. Having time to share your vows privately is a great way to say your meaningful words to one another without the pressure of a crowd. By the time you get to your small ceremony, you’ll have already said what is closest to your heart and the nerves will begin to wash away.
It’s really, really special
Sharing your vows with friends and family is really special, no doubt about it. But sharing personalized vows that are just for the two of you? Now that can be really, really special.
It keeps those ‘first look’ emotions going
If you want to share private vows, odds are you are going to do a first look. Typically, after a first look, you will be feeling flooded with emotion and excitement. It’s a truly special and private moment! You can keep those emotions going by sharing your vows with one another, just the two of you.
You simply want to!
The best part about choosing an elopement or small wedding is having the freedom to craft a day exactly the way you want it. Elopements and small weddings are all about what the two of you want, not what everyone else wants. So, if taking time in your small wedding day to share private vows appeals to you – go for it!
What sharing private vows before your ceremony can look like
Private vows before the ceremony at Sapphire Point in Breckenridge, Colorado
Rachel and Carter had a small wedding day in Breckenridge, Colorado. They decided to go to Sapphire Point to share their vows privately with each other before their ceremony. Taking that time for just the two of them was super special. After, they joined their friends and family at The Lodge at Breckenridge for their ceremony.
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