The Steps of a Wedding Ceremony
Listed below are the normal steps to most wedding ceremonies, and is used as a guide. Please note, that you can add or change the order in how your ceremony will be conducted. This is your day and you can have it your way.
- Prelude Music – After all guests are seated, special family members are escorted to their seats, such as the Grandparents of the Groom, the Grandparents of the Bride; the Mother of the Groom and her husband; with the Mother of the Bride as the last family member to be seated.
- Processional Music – This part of the ceremony carries rich symbolism and leads into the wedding ceremony. The entrance of the Minister/Officiant with the Groom, the Best Man, all Groomsmen, the Bridesmaids, the Maid/Matron of Honor, the Ring Bearer, and the Flower Girl(s).
- Wedding March – The entrance of the Bride and her Father (or escort of her choice).
- Welcome and Opening Remarks - Words spoken by the Minister/Officiant to commence the ceremony.
- Invocation - A special prayer to the Divine to bless the couple.
- Special Ceremonies/Rituals (Optional) – This can include any of the special ceremonies such as the Sand, the Rose, the Unity Candle, the Stone and the Wine Ceremony. The ringing of the Tibetan Bells would be used to open and close the ceremony. It is especially sweet to use the Flower Girls or the Ring Bearer and a Flower Girl to perform this (as long as they are at least 7 years old).
- Address to Bride & Groom - Uplifting messages from the Minister/Officiant to set the cornerstone of meaning for the new life the Bride and Groom will enter.
- Declaration of Intent - The Bride and Groom acknowledge aloud their desire to wed and the seriousness of the promises they are about to make to one another.
- Exchange of Vows - The emotional and spiritual binding of the ceremony. Vows are the words of love made tangible, speaking to and from the heart. Promises of what the Bride and Groom are willing to do for one another during their marriage.
- Blessing and Exchange of Rings – The wedding rings are an equally symbolic event, an ancient symbol and one of the deepest symbols of marriage. Rings are an outward and a visible sign of an inward spiritual bond that unites two hearts in love and by choice, a symbol of completeness.
- Final Blessing/Closing remarks - Last words of blessing from the Minister/Officiant to the Bride and Groom.
- Pronouncement of Husband and Wife – The public proclamation by the Minister/Officiant to family members and guests that the couple is legally married and now Husband and Wife.
- The Kiss - The delicious part of the ceremony. The kiss seals the promise and signifies reverence. It is the way in which the Groom claims the Bride as his forevermore, the way in which the Bride claims the Groom as forever hers.
- Presentation of Husband and Wife - The Minister/Officiant presents to all members of the wedding party, the new Mr. and Mrs.
- Recessional - As the processional carries rich symbolism and leads into the wedding ceremony, the recessional is one of great joy and jubilation. The new Husband and Wife are together at last; they have secured their bond and sealed it with a kiss and are ready to go out, united into the world. As the newly married couple walk back down the aisle, everyone in the wedding party will follow behind them, including the ring bearer, the flower girl and the train bearer.