I was email marketed by the team at Wedwordy recently, with their offering of a ceremony script builder. Wedwordy promises to create personalised wedding ceremony scripts “as easy as 1-2-3” so I reached out to them and requested a review.
I’ve listened to many celebrants through the ages talk about their ceremony script writing process, some put way too much effort in, and many simply phone it in by inserting names in the right places and clicking print. Some don’t even go that far and thanks to those celebrants the profession has that reputation of saying the wrong names in a ceremony.
Before clicking through the app and personalising a ceremony for a future couple, I thought I would set out some expectations I might have of such an app.
- I would hope it would take some sort of assessment of a couple and what their beliefs and world-views were, and somehow shoehorn that into a script.
- It might query the couple on the genesis, nature, and logistics of their relationship and once again, shoehorn that into a script.
- Take into account my style and worldview as a celebrant, once again, shoehorn.
- Finally, provide a platform for this marriage of celebrant and couple to be created and audited.
It’s worth noting that I’ve done zero research on the app and I’m writing this as we go, so if you’re up for an adventure in ceremony writing land, let’s dive in!
Visiting wedwordy.com presents you with the app’s landing page, and clicking through to “Compose my ceremony” gets you started.
Sign up is simple, but the app jumps straight into an “Update Bio” section asking for Spouse 1 and Spouse 2 first and last names, so I guess there’s no mucking around and we’re straight into ceremony creation.
I’m going to model this on Saturday’s wedding just passed but make up some names for them.
The next page shows the intent of this app. It doesn’t seem to be designed for celebrants or officiants to use. The next page asks for wedding details, and the first line is name of the officiant. I’ll push through and see what gold it can bring.
Once you’ve entered the basic details and paid for your ceremony, $14.99 at the time of writing, you’re onto the Composer.
On offering are Catholic, Secular, Spiritual, Vow Renewal, Elopement, Filipino/Latino, Short & Sweet, Christian, and Custom ceremonies. I’ll try Secular because I feel that’s most representative of the Australian civil celebrant.
Choosing a style loads a default ceremony “elements flow” which is representative of my ceremony production style. I view the ceremony as a series of elements, and I insert and remove elements as I see fit for the couple.
This view also offers a view of a sample ceremony like this one.
The magic starts pouring out as you create a draft and choose which elements you’d like to include or exclude for this couple.
The elements on offer include: Processional, Greeting, Gratitude Ritual, Reflection, Poem (Reading), Declaration of Intent, Exchange of Vows, Giving of Rings, Blessing/Prayer, Officiant’s Charge, Pronouncement, Announcement, Processional, Escort’s Salutation, Unity Ritual, Gratitude Ritual, Shout Out, Our Story/Admiration.
For those wondering, an escort’s salutation is a modern giving away of the bride, not something else which came to mind.
Hovering over each element gives a pop up box that explains what that element is for. Clicking an element in the elements library brings it into your element flow, and in your element flow you can remove elements, and shuffle their order around.
Once you’re happy with the flow, it’s time to start dancing with the words.
Clicking on an element in your element flow brings up suggested wordings for that kind of element.
For example, clicking onto Reflection opens up a default yet poetic wording reflecting on marriage being an opportunity.
But clicking left and right brings in other passages, for example, one on marriage being a heightened experience, and another on it being an enduring love, each offering a word count and time it would occupy in a ceremony.
The couple’s names are automatically inserted, and you’re also welcome to massage, edit, add, and remove words and paragraphs to each passage, and if you lose the flow, you can revert that passage to it’s original state.
Saving each element takes you to a draft of the ceremony so you can inspect the flow of the words and the ceremony.
The application is American in nature, so it’s not aware of the Australian marriage laws and what is required in a ceremony. It’s easy enough to insert the monitum and legal vows however.
Exporting and sharing
You can twiddle and edit as long as you like, but at some point you will reach a level of happiness with the script at which point you can export and share it from the app.
Once thing to be aware of here is that this is a finalising process. You will be able to export the ceremony as a PDF or a Word document – yes those are links to the ceremony I created, check them out for a vibe of Wedwordy’s general ceremony themes. Another funny note from the American genesis of the app is that the pronouncement says “In accordance with the laws of the state of Queensland” instead of Australia, but you’re going to come across these things when you step up from Downunder.
Did it meet expectations?
I began this journey thinking this would be something it’s not. I guess the American wedding system leans on the couple creating their ceremony and giving it to an officiant or a friend.
But Wedwordy isn’t without its benefits.
There’s a fresh collection of poetic and beautiful words in Wedwordy that may be a blessing to the new celebrant, or the celebrant who is worried their words are becoming stale.
I could also imagine this being a powerful tool for celebrants who offer templated ceremonies, to refer couples to Wedwordy to develop their own ceremony to give back to you.
But in my celebrancy profession, this workflow doesn’t suit my business model, but it may well suit yours.
For a deeper look without committing any money, they have a tutorial on their website.
Note: Wedwordy has not paid for this review, they provided a two draft coupon code for the purposes of review.