Traditional Wedding Vows/Schedule Wedding Ceremony:

  1. Welcome or Introduction done by the Officiant.

  2. Presentation of the Bride/Groom/Partner by either the parents or special person.

  3. Reading of a Poem or Bible verse by special person.(optional)

  4. Recitation of the Wedding Vows either traditional or words written by the couple.

  5. Exchange of rings and/or giving of gifts to children of the couple.

  6. Any special event like lighting candles, drinking wine, or other special ceremony addition.(optional)

  7. Declaration of Marriage where the Officiant declares the couple married and closing remarks.

  8. The First Kiss as a Married Couple.

  9. Exit or recessional usually to music.


BEGINNING OF CEREMONY 

PRESENTATION OF Bride/Groom/Partner-BY PARENT OR SPECIAL PERSON:

OPTIONAL

Who here gives this Woman/Man to be wedded to this Woman/Man?

Parent(s) or elected person response: I/WE DO

OPENING:

Dearly Beloved we are gathered here today to join this man and this woman/Man in holy matrimony.

(Bride/Groom/Partner), do you take (Brides/Groom/Partner name)to be your ___________, to live together in holy matrimony, to love, honor, comfort them, and keep them in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, for as long as you both shall live?

RESPONSE-_____________

(Bride/Groom/Partner), Do you take (bride/Grooms/Partners name)to be your _______, to live together in holy matrimony, to love, honor, comfort them and keep them in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, for as long as you both shall live?

RESPONSE-____________

RECITATION OF WEDDING VOWS:

Please join hands and repeat after me, (Bride/Groom/Partners name) Repeat after me:

” I, (name), take you (name), to be my ____________, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health to love and to cherish, till death do us part”.

(name)Repeat after me:

” I, (name), take you (name), to be my ____________, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part”.

EXCHANGING OF WEDDING RINGS:

(name) please take the ring and place it on (name) finger and repeat after me,

“I give you this ring as a token and a pledge of our constant faith and abiding love”

(name) please take the ring and place it on (name) finger and repeat after me,

“I give you this ring as a token and a pledge of our constant faith and abiding love”

SPECIAL CEREMONY- UNITY CANDLE, UNITY SAND: OPTIONALAt this time we will share with (name) and (name) the __________ ceremony. This ceremony symbolizes the unity between (Bride/Groom/Partner)

DECLERATION OF MARRIAGE: By the authority vested in me I announce with great joy that you are__________________

FIRST KISS AS A MARRIED COUPLE

You may now kiss

CLOSING: Ladies and Gentleman it is my honor to present to you for the first time as_________

Mr and Mrs. ______________.

Additional wedding services
Additional options and features for a wedding ceremony.

Blessing – A blessing to the couple can be offered by the minister or a member of the wedding party. Blessings can be religious or secular.

Charge to Couple – Similar to the Declaration of Intent, a charge has the minister emphasize the seriousness of the marital contract to the couple. It is often punctuated by acknowledgements such as, “I agree” or “I understand.”

Giving of the Bride – The minister calls out to the wedding party and asks who gives the bride in marriage. Traditionally, the father and/or mother of the bride reply that they consent to giving their daughter in marriage.

Prayer – Many religious ceremonies include a prayer given by the minister.

Readings – Poems, religious texts, and/or literary passages can be read by the minister or members of the wedding party.

Sermon – Many religious ceremonies include a sermon given by the minister.

Unity Candle – A unity candle ceremony involves the ceremonial merger of flames. Two candles are lit and the couple joins their individual flames together to light a third candle (representing two lives joined as one). Variations include participation from family, such as candles for children to join in the union of the new family.

Sand Ceremony – Sand ceremonies are a variation of the unity candle symbol. Two vessels of sand are poured together, mixing the sand. Each grain of sand is representative of a thought, feeling, or experience. A common variation is to give each member of the wedding party a small pebble. Each person offers a blessing as they deposit their pebble into a container, which the couple uses to combine their sand.

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