Now that you have selected a wedding venue, your focus should now be directed toward selecting who will be performing the ceremony. Choosing the right Wedding Officiant, the type and style of your ceremony service comes into play, these are the important first steps in planning the ceremony itself.
To get you started off on the right path, let's cover some basics about wedding ceremonies.
Most wedding ceremonies follow a basic and similar outline.
That said, they may differ slightly depending on your Wedding Officiant and religious preferences, if any. The following ceremony format is also applied in Civic and Spiritual Ceremonies as well, with variations of course. Wedding Ceremony Forms and Styles. Which Is Best For You?
Should we write our own vows?
Writing your own vows is a personal choice, and you must be comfortable expressing yourself and sharing your feelings before a roomful of people.
If you don't feel quite comfortable with that but would still like to personalize your vows, include a poem or passage that complements the vows. Discuss this with your officiant for greater insight and suggestions for insuring the best presentation and personal reflections you wish to incorporate into your wedding ceremony.
Customizing Ceremony Elements
What is a reading?
Readings are poems, passages, or scriptures that focus on some aspect of togetherness and marriage. They are read during the ceremony by a special friend, relative, or even a member of the bridal party. If you select your own readings, be sure to get approval from your officiant.
What symbolic ceremonies can be included?
Symbolic ceremonies celebrate the togetherness and the joining of the families. One of the most popular unity ceremony option is Unity In Glass. Other options are unity candles, sand ceremony, wine ceremony, and rose ceremony are some options.
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