You’re planning a beautiful Ibiza Wedding Ceremony.

You already know how you want it to look.

You found the perfect venue setting, chosen your flowers, and decided on the type of arch you’d like.

But something BIG is missing.

THE CEREMONY ITSELF.

What type of Ceremony would you like? How about the important words you would like said to mark this special moment? What do you want your Wedding Ceremony to stand for? How do you want your guests to feel?

This article will cover 5 Popular Styles of Ibiza Wedding Ceremony and help you decide the direction you’d like to take.  From the Traditional to the Modern;  from the Conventional to the Bespoke & Personal. After you’ve read this, you’ll know exactly which type of Ceremony suits your wedding.

First, let’s look at all of the elements that comprise a Wedding Ceremony and some of the questions you’ll consider along the way. Don’t worry, there’s no need to be overwhelmed, Your Celebrant will help you take care of everything and it’s lots of fun too.

Elements to a Wedding Ceremony

  • The Processional
    Your entrance to the Ceremony and your walk down the aisle.
  • The Service
    The precious words that will unite the two of you in marriage and set the tone for your Ibiza wedding day.
  • Readings
    An opportunity for friends and family to read meaningful passages that speak to your relationship.
  • Exchanging vows
    This is one of the most important parts of the Ceremony. Think about whether you’d like to write your own vows or use meaningful vows from another source.
  • Music
    A space for live music or pre-recorded songs during your Ceremony.
  • Exchanging Rings
    A traditional aspect of most Wedding Ceremonies. Your Celebrant will guide you on the best way to perform this ritual.
  • Unity Rituals
    Is a Unity Ritual something you’d like to include as part of your Ceremony? Sand Ceremonies, Handfasting and Lighting a Unity Candle are just some of the rituals you might wish to include.
  • First Kiss
    Go for it!
  • The Recessional
    Your walk back up the aisle, together

Some of your early thoughts on how you’d like to show these elements in your Wedding Ceremony will help you choose the type of Ceremony and Celebrant you would like.

Let’s look at the 5 types of Ibiza Wedding Ceremony:


Traditional Ceremony

Traditional ceremonies in Ibiza are short, pleasant services, read by the Celebrant and repeated in the same way for every couple. The language used is often based on older, more traditional views of love.

There is no personalization in this type of ceremony, except for the mention of the bride & groom’s names. These ceremonies are created to be easy and repeatable for the Celebrant.

Every couple receives the same service. Traditional ceremonies typically use the same script for every couple. Choose this type of Ceremony if you don’t wish to focus much attention on this part of the day, and you don’t mind a less personal Ceremony.

Traditional ceremonies require very little input from the couple.

Elements:
  • Family & Friend Readings
    There is a small amount room of for readings in these types of Ceremony
  • Exchanging Vows
    Couples typically exchange pre-written, traditional vows
  • Music
    Music tends to be pre-recorded.
  • Exchanging Rings
    A simple, traditional ring exchange.
  • Unity Rituals
    A simple, standard ritual with no input from the couple.

Traditional ceremonies tend to be very quick and over in 10 to 15 minutes.


Modern Ceremony

Modern ceremonies have a similar structure to Traditional, but are slightly longer in running time and may include some flexibility and personalization for the couple.

These ceremonies contain modern readings, references and views on love.  For example, some of the language may be taken from popular music lyrics, recent books, and famous TV shows & Films.

These types of Ceremonies are more lighthearted. They are based on a script that is used for every couple but allows for more personalization, and therefore a little more input is required from the couple beforehand.

Modern ceremonies are recommended for couples who like the idea of a traditionally structured Ceremony with modern, current references.

Elements:
  • Family & Friend Readings
    Can be included and are encouraged
  • Exchanging Vows
    Typically couples use pre-written, traditional vows but can also write their own.
  • Music
    Music tends to be pre-recorded, but live music can be accommodated.
  • Exchanging Rings
    A simple, traditional ring exchange.
  • Unity Rituals
    Usually, a simple, standard ritual but the couple can request something alternative.

Modern ceremonies tend to last 15 to 20 minutes.


Personal/Bespoke Ceremony

Bespoke ceremonies hit the sweet spot for couples looking for something personal that truly represents them, with rituals that are personal and meaningful.

These ceremonies are built from the ground up, with lots of investment from the Celebrant in getting to know the couple and finding out who they are.

Personal Ceremonies offer maximum flexibility in every aspect and are particularly focused on the couple, their story, and how they connect to one another. They can contain deeply personal readings, references, and views on love. This is a ceremonial representation of who the couple is.

The Celebrant will work with the couple to choose rituals fitting to the couple’s outlook. They may even create a bespoke ritual perfect for the couple at hand. The Celebrant creates the service and a personalized script through consulting with the couple throughout the journey.

Personal / Bespoke Ceremonies are recommended for couples who want a truly memorable, deeply personal Ceremony that will set the tone for the rest of the wedding day.

Elements:
  • Family & Friend Readings
    Encouraged. Personal.
  • Exchanging Vows
    Typically couples write their own with help from the Celebrant.
  • Music
    Tends to be live or pre-recorded.
  • Exchanging Rings
    Traditional ring exchange incorporating a blessing of the rings, or something completely bespoke.
  • Unity Rituals
    Completely bespoke and dependent on what the couple connects with. Can also incorporate other family members or children as part of a family exchange.

These ceremonies tend to last 25 to 40 minutes, but can be longer or shorter at the couple’s request.


Spiritual Ceremony

Spirituality is a personal understanding that there is a connection between you and something greater than yourself.

Spiritual ceremonies acknowledge the couples’ connection to the divine or a higher purpose. The Spiritual Ceremony allows the couple freedom to express this in their own way.

In Ibiza, Spiritual Wedding Ceremonies are often based around Shamanism, Animisim and Nature-based beliefs. They have a strong focus on rituals and may contain several of them. Guests may be involved in some of the rites, and the sincerity of the service can lend itself to a more serious tone and feeling.

Spiritual ceremonies are flexible, adaptable, and can be highly personal.

Elements:
  • Family & Friend Readings
    WIll likely be included
  • Exchanging Vows
    Typically couples write their own.
  • Music
    Tends to be live
  • Exchanging Rings
    Couples still often exchange rings, or may choose to focus on another ritual
  • Unity Rituals
    May contain more than one, based on what’s appropriate for the couple

Use this style if you are both particularly spiritual and the rituals have a strong meaning to you. Or if you have a strong personal belief system rooted in symbolism.

Spritual ceremonies last upwards of 30 minutes.


Church Ceremony

The Wedding Ceremonies listed above are symbolic and require you to complete the legal marriage paperwork and words in your home country. In Ibiza, you can get legally married in a Catholic Church if you are of the faith and prepared to deal with a few administrative details. Speak to Sam from Wedding Ceremonies Ibiza, who will help make the entire process easier by finding you a suitable priest and service.

Ibiza’s churches are beautiful and the ceremonies are always meaningful to the couples who opt for them. However, they offer limited flexibility and personalization, and the Catholic rituals offered may not connect with everyone.

Consider this style of Ceremony if your religion is important to you and you’ve always dreamed of a church wedding.

Elements:
  • Family & Friend Readings
    One or two readings are possible but limited to passages from the Bible
  • Exchanging Vows
    Couples repeat the solemn vows spoken by the priest.
  • Exchanging Rings
    Traditional ring exchange incorporating a religious blessing of the rings.
  • Unity Rituals
    Handfasting is the only common ritual in Ibiza’s Catholic Churches.

These ceremonies tend to last 40 to 60 minutes


Additional: Elopement Ceremony

Ibiza has become a popular destination for Elopements due to its beautiful views and strong spiritual connection with couples.

Elopement Ceremonies are short and sweet. They offer some flexibility as there are fewer suppliers involved, creating less need for a schedule with fixed timings. These ceremonies are arranged between the Celebrant and the couple.

Elopements are stress-free, romantic and meaningful.

Elements:
  • Family & Friend Readings
    Not usually. The service is usually led by the Celebrant
  • Exchanging Vows
    Typically couples write their own with help from the Celebrant.
  • Music
    Sometimes. If the couple opt for music it tends to be live, with a soloist
  • Exchanging Rings
    Traditional ring exchange incorporating a blessing of the rings, or something completely bespoke.
  • Unity Rituals
    Completely bespoke and dependent on what the couple connects with.

These ceremonies tend to last 10 to 15 minutes.


Conclusion

Your Wedding Ceremony is not just about style. It’s the heart of your wedding day and the words spoken really do matter.

In addition to uniting you & your partner in marriage, the right Ceremony conjures strong feelings of love, joy and connection which follow you and your guests throughout the rest of the wedding day, and the rest of your life.

Deciding on what type of Wedding Ceremony you’d like is important. Narrowing down your choices will help you choose the right Celebrant easily and make the rest of your planning a breeze.

Make this one of your early decisions and the road to your wedding will be exciting and fun.

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