Tag Archives: #weddingceremonytips

4 Wedding Ceremony Rules Everyone Should Know

There’s nothing quite as magical as a wedding ceremony – and here at Belltower Chapel & Garden, we know it better than anyone. Week by week, season by season, we have seen couples tying the know under our roof and enlightening our lives with their genuine smiles filled with hope and joy.

We think couples deserve to have the kind of wedding ceremony they will remember forever. At the same time though, it is very important to keep in mind that this is a special moment not just for you, but for your other guests too – and you want to make sure you create a nice vibe for them as well.

What are some of the wedding ceremony rules everyone should follow? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.


  • You don’t have to stay away for the entire duration of the Cocktail Hour. Generally, the “intermezzo” between the ceremony and the reception takes up to 90 minutes. If you discuss this with your photographer, you can be done with the photos in about 40 minutes and then spend the rest of the Cocktail Hour with your guests.
  • You don’t have to accept every relative’s attempt to speak during the ceremony. Special ceremony readings are usually assigned to people who are very important for you, but didn’t make it for other ceremony roles (e.g. your best friend from childhood who couldn’t be a bridesmaid because she lives on another continent).
  • A junior Groomsman is OK, but a Ring Bearer that’s too old is probably not OK. Most Ring Bearers aren’t older than 7 (and even those that are older than that, don’t go beyond 12). If your SO has someone in his life who is slightly too young to be a Groomsman, but obviously too old to be a Ring Bearer, it’s probably best to assign him a role that leans towards the first category. Yes, he might feel odd if the other Groomsmen are a lot older than he is, but he is free to not attend some of the activities before the wedding (and still maintain his full role during the ceremony).


Looking for a fantastic wedding venue in Fort Worth? Contact Belltower Chapel & Garden right now and allow us to be the ones who delight you and your guests with a splendid space for your Big Day! If you want to come and visit us, we’re more than happy to show you around on any of the following Open House dates:


  • Sunday, November 25th—1p-4p
  • Tuesday, November 27th—5p-7p
  • Tuesday, December 4th—5p-7p
  • Sunday, December 9th—1p-4p


Choose the perfect officiant for your wedding

Your wedding ceremony is one of the most unique and amazing moments of your life. Two simple words – I Do – will change the entire course of your life and bring you and your loved one together in marriage, love, commitment and hope.

Of course, you want this event to be magically perfect – and choosing the right officiant is absolutely crucial when it comes to it. How do you do that? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.


  • Consider a religious or a civil officiant. It’s all about your preferences, religious denomination, and beliefs. If you pertain to a particular religion (and, even more, to a specific congregation or group) you will want to ask for an officiant at your place of worship. If you want to have a civil wedding, you will have to either hire someone or ask a friend to get ordained for your Big Day.
  • The fee may or may not be explicit. In the case of religious weddings, you will not be charged with an actual fee, but you will be expected to donate a certain sum of money to the place of worship. In the case of a civil wedding, you will have to pay for your officiant’s services. Do make sure to ask what the fee includes (e.g. does it include pre-marital counseling as well?).
  • More than anything though, you and your officiant should be greatly compatible. You really need to share the same core of beliefs with your officiant – otherwise, you may wake up in the middle of the ceremony with an officiant who is speaking about things you really don’t believe or don’t see in the same perspective.

Belltower Chapel & Garden is the perfect spot for an elegant, timelessly beautiful wedding day. Come visit us, learn more about what we offer and book us for the Big Day. You and your guests will love it here!