Often we go to weddings, but do not notice the structure of the wedding itself. As the officiating Minister of your wedding, there are certain things I must do, such as signing your marriage certificate and sending it in to the County you live in, and certain words I must use in the ceremony itself, but the rest is left open to your dreams and imaginations.
However, we must not forget to incorporate God into your ceremony. Here is a sample flow of a typical wedding ceremony I would officiate:
- Spend some time with the bride and groom for counseling and preparation for God’s ceremony of marriage.
- Time with family, if available,
- Talk about the ceremony, special wishes, such as reading of vows or Scripture.
- Wedding pictures
- Wedding party rehearsal
- Prelude music.
- Processional music.
- Seating of the parents.
- Processional for the bridal party.
- Bride’s processional and entrance.
- Introduction and opening prayer.
- Giving of the bride.
- Parents involvement.
- Lighting of candles by mothers.
- Reading and/or first song.
- Definition of marriage.
- Blessing of rings.
- Exchange of Rings & Vows.
- Second reading or song.
- Couple Unity.
- Children’s unity ceremony and blessing.
- Nuptial blessing.
- Pronouncement of marriage.
- Introduction of new couple (“Mr. & Mrs…”)
- Breaking of glass (depending on faith).
- Recessional – Bridal March.
- Receiving Line.
These are examples of a typical marriage ceremony, but speak with me about specifics, and optional items we can add.
Contact Pastor Michael directly for more assistance: 541.610.6375