Wedding Ceremony Ideas
Sand ceremony: Symbolizes two individual lives joining to take one path
Unity Candle: Two distinct lights joining to become one
Sample Wedding Ceremony Vows
____, I choose you, in the presence of our friends and families, to be my wife/husband and partner from this time forward; to laugh with you in joy, to grieve with you in sorrow, to grow with you in love, serving mankind in peace and hope,
as long as we both shall live.
I, ______, take you ______, to be my wife/husband; to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and cherish always.
_____, I take you as my wife/husband,
with your faults and your strengths,
as I offer myself to you with my faults and my strengths. I will help you when you need help, and turn to you when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my life.
Basic Order of a Wedding Ceremony
Greeting: Officiant welcomes family and friends to the wedding
Expression of intent: Legal requirement. Can be worded many ways, but is meant to ensure that both parties consent to the marriage.
Reading(s): The officiant or person that the couples chooses may read a poem, an excerpt from a poem or book, etc.
Vows: Verbal exchange between the couple solidifying the marriage promises.
Ring Exchange: Rings are often given as a physical symbol of the vows.
Pronouncement of Marriage: Legal requirement. Officiant states that the couple are married and introduces the newly married couple.
Kiss: The couple shares a kiss to symbolize the sealing of the vows.
The Recessional: The wedding party exits the ceremony space.