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Wedding 101: Planning Your Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony Tips

The Order of Events: Begins with the procession where the families and bridal party are escorted down the isle and take their places either on the altar or seating area. Then the officiant or person presiding over the ceremony will begin with opening commentary, followed by the declaration of intent that includes the exchanging of vows and rings. During this time or after, is when songs are sung, readings are given, the lighting of a unity candle, taking of the elements, or a sand ceremony takes place.  Next is the pronouncement of marriage and the kiss. The ceremony ends with a reverse recessional of the beginning procession, lead by the newlywed couple.

Vows: Whether you use traditional vows or write your own, take the time to be sure that they reflect your relationship. Wording of traditional vows may vary within a religion or denomination; inquire about acceptable variations. Couples planning a civil ceremony may wish to consult with a church or synagogue when selecting their vows. If either of you has children, you may wish to include them in these sacred words.

Readings: Religious or poetic, choose text that has meaning to you and your partner. Reflect your personalities and feelings towards one another.  Officiants, religious text, poetry, literature, song lyrics, and quotes are great resources for your wedding ceremony readings.

Music: Can be broken down into three main parts: prelude, processional and recessional music. Prelude music tends to be quieter, allowing guests to still talk softly among themselves as guests continue to arrive.  Processional music is the song(s) your wedding party walks down the isle too.  Recessional music, often the most exuberant of all the music, is played when the wedding party then exits.  Music can also be played during special moments, like the sand ceremony or signing of the marriage certificate. Think about ceremony/altar space when choosing whether the size of our your musical ensemble. 

Check all the rules: Make sure you know all the rules and restrictions the church, chapel, synagogue, indoor or outdoor venue may have. Some have strict rules about photographs or videotaping, candles, music, and so forth.

Make your ceremony special: Write your own vows, select special music, or partaking in lighting a unity candle. Officiants and wedding planners can also help to make your wedding ceremony meaningful for you and your partner. Ask about personalizing the ceremony, they may be able to offer suggestions that will enhance your ceremony in ways you hadn’t thought of.


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