LOOKING FOR WEDDING CEREMONY
Wedding Ceremony Order Of Service Explained
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The part of your
wedding where you and your fiancé move from being engaged to being
married is called the wedding ceremony. As the key element that makes it official, the
ceremony is the part of the wedding that many people find most
nerve-wracking and also the most meaningful.
The wedding ceremony is
the most important component of your wedding and it’s also the reason for
all the celebrating at your wedding reception and other post-wedding
parties. So what is the wedding ceremony order of events exactly?
Wedding ceremonies differ based on whether the ceremony is religious
or civil. If the wedding ceremony is religious, the wedding ceremony
order of service can vary from religion to religion.
Nevertheless, most modern
wedding ceremonies are made up of the same critical parts.
piece of the wedding ceremony has its own purpose and meaning. Now that
you want to become “husband and wife”, you’ll need a basic
understanding of the key parts of the wedding ceremony.
of the wedding ceremony
The processional is the start of the wedding ceremony and
it involves the presentation of the bridal party and eventually the
bride. During the processional, which is usually set to music,
first the bridal
party walks down the aisle, and is then followed by the bride. The general
protocol for the processional allows first for the seating of
parents, then bridesmaids walk down the aisle accompanied by
groomsmen. Next, the maid of honor follows, then the flower
girl and ring bearer (if used), and then the bride enters and makes
her way down the aisle.
Once all of the key people are in position, the minister or officiant welcomes the wedding guests to the ceremony.
can be as simple as a short thank you to the guests for coming or as
more involved with a reading or a brief history of how you and your fiancé
met and became a couple.
Statement of Intention
The statement of intention tells
all who attend the wedding that the bride and groom desire to be
married out of their own free will. The minister or officiant also
may take a moment to speak about the commitment and responsibility
that is assumed upon entering into the bond of marriage.
Exchange of Wedding Vows
Your wedding vows are the emotionally binding part of the wedding
ceremony. This is where you will make promises to your fiancé about
the life you’ll lead together. You can elect either to use common
wedding vows that you can find in a book, online, or receive from your officiant.
You can also create personal wedding vows using a
wedding vow book or
just working from scratch.
Exchange of Wedding Rings
Following the wedding vows is the exchanging of wedding
rings. One at a time, the bride, then the groom each takes a ring and
places it on the other’s finger. As the wedding ring is slipped onto
the ring finger, words are said to officially cement the union. Typically the
phrase “With this ring, I thee wed” is repeated by both the bride
Pronouncement of Marriage
After the exchange of rings, the minister or officiant
formally pronounces you husband and wife. Typically a few
words are added about the sanctity of marriage and to review again
that you have consented to be married and have sealed your
commitment with wedding vows and the exchanging of wedding rings.
This is also when the minister or officiant says "You may now kiss the bride."
Presentation of the Couple
Now that you’re officially married, the minister or officiant will
present you to your wedding guests for the first time as a married
The recessional is the exact opposite of the processional. The bride
and groom make their way down the aisle together, followed by the
rest of the wedding party and their parents. The recessional
marks the finish of the wedding ceremony. Congratulations! Now
you’re officially married.
These are the basic parts of the wedding ceremony order of events. It should
be easy for you to arrange your ceremony to your liking. In addition
to the components listed, you can add prayers, readings, special
ceremonies or even songs to your wedding ceremony if you choose to
do so. Of course , if you’d rather keep your wedding ceremony short
and sweet, then you can just use the essential pieces and then make your way to
your wedding reception and enjoy the party.