As guests arrived at the ceremony, they were asked to write their name on a small piece of paper and place it in a jar, as part of the bridal party, unannounced to us, our names were also added, no one knew what this was for, and just followed the ushers request.
At the end of the ceremony the officiant said- "although I can not yet officially announce you as husband and wife, you may now kiss the bride".,, and everyone was confused but whatever... Hahaha (some probably didn't even notice this part and assumed it was typical end to a wedding)
Then at the reception the Bride, Groom and Officiant stood up at the start and brought the jar up. It was explained to everyone in the room that there wasn't a single person more important than the next, or loved more than another that was there that day to celebrate their union- and that they wanted to include everyone in their life long bond. It was then explained by the officiant that she would pull two names from the jar, and those two people would come up and sign as witnesses and make the wedding official. The entire room cheered (and shed a tear or two because it was so meaningful)... And I have to say it was one of the best moments I have ever witnessed at a wedding! Once the paper was signed the officiant proudly said and "NOW I can announce you as husband and wife".
Obviously at a DW you may not be able to do the signing at the reception since you officiant is likely off to another resort doing another wedding by then- but it could easily be incorporated into the ceremony I would think!
Just an idea for those that don't have a Matron of Honor or Best Man and wanted to still have witnesses (even in a symbolic ceremony).
Edited by kmk2016, 01 August 2014 - 07:22 AM.