This is the traditional ten element wedding ceremony dating back prior to the Old Testament. The couple can choose from different themes to reflect how they wish to share their wedding with family and friends ... More info ›
This is the traditional ten element wedding ceremony dating back prior to the Old Testament. The couple can choose from different themes to reflect how they wish to share their wedding with family and friends. Each ceremony is created for you and there are no "canned scripts". Each is unique to the couple and their special day. You may also choose to include one Tradition, such as "Blending of the Sands", the "Unity Candle" or others in your ceremony. Running time for this service is from 15 - 20 minutes depending on the venue and the number of people participating in the ceremony.
This is the standard ceremony from the point the couple is standing together in front of the minister to when the couple turns toward the gathering and begins recession back down the aisle.
• Welcome: After procession and presentment of bride the congregation is welcomed to the Ceremony.
• Consent: Couple answers questions giving consent to participate in the Rites of Marriage.
• Address: Minister delivers a short communication describing the importance of the vows.
• Prayer (Optional): eg The Lord's Prayer.
• Reading (Optional): eg St Paul's Epistle to the Corinthians defining love.
• Vow Blessing (Optional): Simple spiritual affirmation for the couple.
• Wedding Vows: Couple exchanges vow by repeating after minister.
• Ring History (Optional): Brief history of how the exchange of rings changes through history.
• Ring Blessing: Rings are blessed as to a divine symbol of vows given and received.
• Ring Vows: Couple exchanges rings while repeating vows from minister.
• Wedding Prayer: Final prayer of the ceremony.
• Pronouncement: Couple have pledged the Rites to each other.
• Presentation: Introduction of couple to gathering.
The length of the ceremony is about 25 minutes depending on if a tradition is added, if children are made part of a promise vow, and the number of participants. A simple civil ceremony can take as little as 5 minutes and up to 60 minutes if songs, or special elements are added.