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Ceremony Basics

Your wedding ceremony is the official start of your life together. You want the ceremony be special and meaningful to you, and to everyone who witnesses your union.

I will work closely with you to customize your ceremony so that it becomes a reflection of your dream. It can be contemporary, traditional, spiritual, non-denominational, religious or non. This is your wedding, and I will do everything I can to help make it one of the most beautiful and memorable events of your life.

I am available to help you in any way possible with your ceremony preparations. Feel free to call me anytime. As partners, we can create an unforgettable wedding ceremony.

This is a sample of most but not all of the various ceremony components. These components may be written with a religious, spiritual, or non-religious manner emphasizing your love, joy and happiness.

  • Ushers seat the guests
  • Parents of the Bride and Groom are seated
  • The Minister and Groom enter and proceed to the front
  • The Bridal party enters and proceeds to the front
  • The Ring Bearer and/or Flower Girl enter, proceed to front, sit down
  • Ushers unroll the aisle runner
  • The Officiant asks the audience to stand and welcome the Bride
  • Music begins for the Bride's entrance
  • The Bride and her escort enter, and are met by the Groom
  • Bride's music concludes.
  • Opening commentary
  • "Declarations Of Intent" by Bride and Groom
  • Special readings and music
  • Exchange of wedding vows
  • Blessing of the rings
  • Exchange of wedding rings
  • Officiants's prayer of blessing for the Bride and Groom
  • Optional ceremonies are performed
  • Final commentary
  • Bride and Groom kiss
  • Introduction of the new couple by the Officiant
  • Recessional music begins
  • Bride and Groom exit
  • Bridal party exits and forms reception line.
  • Officiant's instructions to the audience.

You can do as many, or as few, of the steps listed above as you wish. You may move them forward or backward according to your desire. You can say anything you feel, and do what you feel is right as it relates to your relationship. The only thing you must do is agree to be married sometime during your wedding ceremony.

Here are some thoughts to ponder about wedding ceremonies and officiant fees.

All people should be free to follow the beliefs of their own heart, free to benefit from those beliefs
and free to share those beliefs without prejudice. ~ Debora Garner Andrews

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