Wedding Ceremony Itinerary
Every religion has their own established rituals,
customs and traditions for wedding ceremonies. AND - - your
clergyman or Officiant may also have specific rules and procedures
to be followed when they officiate a wedding ceremony. So,
when planning your ceremony, be sure to consult with your
Officiant - - every step of the way!
Here is a general outline of the sequence of events for a
traditional Wedding Ceremony.
The Processional - For the complete order
of a traditional wedding processional.
The Welcome, Call to Worship, Introduction
- The Officiant greets the guests and usually says a few words
Questions of Intent - The Officiant will
ask the questions of intent to the bride and the groom.
Example: Will you have this women to be your
wedded wife, to live together in the holy estate of matrimony?
Will you love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her, in sickness
and in health?
Declaration of Consent - The declaration
of consent is seen primarily in Protestant ceremonies. The
Officiant asks "Who gives this woman to be married today?"
The Bride's father replies, "I do". Some brides
prefer not to include this segment in their ceremony - - while
some brides like to include it as part of the ritual and tradition
of the wedding ceremony.
A more modern twist to this tradition - - the Officiant asks
the question to the brides parents or both parents. Then,
they all respond together "We do".
Readings and Music - Readings and music are
a wonderful way to personalize your wedding ceremony. Before
making any selections, you'll want to check with your Officiant
first. Some faiths and churches have specific rules and guidelines
as to the type of readings and music that can be played. For
instance, some churches will only allow scripture and religious
Wedding Vows - Most people are familiar with
the Protestant wedding vows...
Do you "Steven" take "Susan" to have and
hold from this day forward, for better, for worse: for richer,
for poorer; in sickness and in health; to love and to cherish
from this day forward.
Exchange of the Rings - The groom places
the ring on the bride's finger. Then, the bride places the
ring on the groom's finger.
Blessing of the Rings - The bride and groom
will make statements to each other. This is done right after
the ring is put on the finger (above).
Example: "Take and wear this ring as a symbol of my love"...
Pronouncement of the Marriage - "I now
pronounce you husband and wife... "
Special Acts of Celebration - (lighting of unity candle, flower
giving to parents, blessing of medallion or gifts for step
This is another great way to personalize your wedding ceremony
and to include children or parents into the ceremony.
Benediction, Prayers and Blessing - Benediction
and prayers led by the Officiant.
Presentation of the New Couple - The Officiant presents
"Mr. and Mrs. -----" for the first time!
Recessional - For traditional order for the
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