Sample Wedding Ceremony Elements
• The wedding processional (walking down the aisle)
• The opening of the wedding ceremony or call to the guests
• Some words from your wedding minister on love or marriage or wedding poems readings
• The wedding vow or wedding vow and poem
• The ring exchange (wedding ring exchange vows)
• The pronouncement of marriage
• Blessing or wedding day poem
• The introduction as husband and wife
• The wedding recessional
If you decide that you do not want to do any of these steps listed above in the sample wedding program or put them out of order….. it's all your choice. You can say anything that you want to say that is fitting for your relationship and as long as you both agree to be married somewhere in the wedding program.
Often a passage that you like, a song, or a wedding love poem can be included in your marriage ceremony. A special guest, a member of the wedding party or the wedding minister can recite this wedding poem and reading, but it is not out of the ordinary for the bride or groom to recite or sing a wedding love poem to each other.
Don't be afraid to express how you feel in the context of your wedding vow. This is the time to do it. Your wedding ceremony is your expression of love for your partner, it's your pronouncement to the world. Express yourself in your wedding vows how you would like to remember your wedding ceremony. And if you are not a poet, as most of us, pick a wedding vow that is a beautiful description of who you both are.
Unity Candle Ceremony
The Unity Candle Ceremony consists of the lighting of one candle from two separate candles held by the bride and groom. This ceremony symbolizes the union of two lives into one. Creative variations can be added to the ceremony, such as the mothers of the bride and groom, or any designated member of the wedding party, lighting the candles after they walk down the isle or during the ceremony. The couple may keep the candle (some re-light the candle each year on their anniversary).
The Blessing of the Rings
The wedding ring is the visible sign of an inward bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. It is a seal of the vows made to one another. It symbolizes living together in unity, love and happiness for the rest of their lives.
Breaking of the Glass
The breaking of the glass at the end of a wedding ceremony usually is reserved for Jewish ceremonies. However, it is a beautiful ending to any wedding. â€œBreaking the glass serves to remind us of two very important aspects of a marriage. The bride and groom - and everyone - should consider these marriage vows as an IRREVOCABLE ACT - just as permanent and final as the breaking of this glass is unchangeable. But the breaking of the glass also is a warning of the FRAILTY of a marriage. That sometimes a single thoughtless act, breech of trust, or infidelity can damage a marriage in ways that are very difficult to undo - just as it would be so difficult to undo the breaking of this glass. Knowing that this marriage is permanent, the bride and groom should strive to show each other the love and respect befitting their spouse and love of their life."
Many couples are remarrying and want to include their children in the ceremony. There are numerous ways this may be done. Ask us about the Family Medallion Ceremony.
This is a family/friends ceremony. Each designated person comes up and places a different flower in a vase to create a garden of love.
A recent favorite of many couples. A three to five minute ceremony in which the officiant uses the phrasing, "These are the hands that...." in order to create a preliminary set of vows (although this is often used in place of traditional vows).
Honoring the Mothers
A brief reading is done and then the bride and/or groom present their mother(s) with a small gift (flowers usually).
Silent Blessing and Moment of Remembrance
Both are small blessings/readings honoring the deceased. They may include specific names or a general statement.
The ancient Celts tied the hands of the bride and groom. The officiant loosely binds the hands together. They remain that way for the rest of the ceremony
A symbolic ceremony using roses, the symbol of love. The couples who have chosen this have described it as an extremely beautiful and moving ceremony.
Support from Families Service
Parents become part of the introduction to the vows. The officiant asks who brings this couple to be wed.
Wine or Water Ceremony
The couple share a cup of wine or water while the officiant says a blessing and a reading.
Blessing to the Four Directions
A long time ago, people believed the human soul shared characteristics with all things celestial. This prayer service designates the four points on a compass with human virtues.
Jumping The Broom
There are many different versions of this ritual which involves the couple jumping over the broom. Essentially, the jumping of the broom is a symbol of sweeping away of the old and welcoming the new, or a symbol of a new beginning.
Anything You Want!
Do you have your own wedding ideas? We will incorporate anything you want into the ceremony so that it is the most magical event of your life.