No matter the tone, theme or number involved, most Ceremonies follow a similar process.
This is a sample running order of a Ceremony that flows nicely, however you can omit anything but the Monitum and Vows.
- Bridal Procession: (optional MUSIC) Attendant(s) enter followed by the Bride and person or persons giving away. (this can be anyone you choose)or not at all – I have many ideas.
- Opening and Welcome: I introduce the Ceremony and welcome family and friends.
- Introduction and Background:I talk about how you met, what it is that you love about each other, or how your partner proposed. This is an opportunity to make your ceremony unique and personal.
- Remembering: This is where you can remember special loved ones passed.
- Monitum(this is a legal requirement)
- Reading(s): These can be done by a family member, friend, bride, groom or celebrant. I have some suggestions for both vows and readings.
- Marriage Vows: “I ask everyone here to witness that I, [full name of Groom] or [full name of Bride] take you, [Bride] or [Groom] to be my lawful wedded wife/husband”.
Then you read your own vows from cards for you to easily read.
- Exchange of Ring/s: (Other symbols or rituals may be chosen in place of or as well as ring exchange.)
- Declaration of Marriage: I declare the bride and groom, now husband and wife.
- Bride & Groom Kiss: You’ve seen this moment a thousand times in films and TV. This is your first opportunity to kiss each other as a married couple. I move for the photographer to get a perfect shot.
- Signing of the Marriage Register and Marriage Certificates:
(optional MUSIC) – this usually only takes 10 minutes. Signatories:
Bride and Groom, 2 witnesses (over the age of 18) and the Marriage Celebrant are all required to sign the legal documents.
- Presentation of the married couple and closing with announcements, if required: Photo opportunity of husband and wife holding the marriage certificate.
- Bridal Recession(optional MUSIC) This is the exit with your partner and Bridal Party.