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Wedding Ceremonies

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Many couples today are choosing to have a non-religious and or non-traditional ceremony. Wedding ceremonies these days can vary so greatly and many newlyweds opt to create their own customized wedding instead. The officiant that you choose to conduct your wedding should guide you in creating your own unique ceremony that fits your needs as a couple or a new family. The Officiants at Minister Services can help you create your personal Alternative Custom Wedding Ceremony.
Most wedding ceremonies contain the following elements.

Wedding processional
This starts the beginning of the ceremony. Typically a song is chosen for the entrance of the parents and grandparents, then a different song is chosen for the entrance of the wedding party, and then finally the bride is introduced to a different song. There are more common songs such as Canon in D and the Bridal Chorus, however more and more bride and grooms are choosing music that is unique to them. It is completely at your discretion.
Readings, scripture, or poetry
Some couples take quotes from the bible, others have a favorite poem, or something that they have written themselves. If you don’t have something, don’t worry we have readings for every type of wedding that are truly touching. Check out our Readings by Richard in the Minister Service Blog for some ideas. In some wedding ceremonies couples will read a poem to each other as another way to express their love.
Wedding Vows
Couples can either write their own vows or repeat after the officiant words that express their vow to love one another always.
Exchange of the Rings
This takes place when the couple exchanges wedding rings as a symbol of their love and commitment to one another. Additionally, some Officiants will perform the Blessing of the Rings which is the seal of the vow made to one another and it symbolizes living together in unity, love and happiness for the rest of their lives.
Unity Ceremony
Wedding ceremonies used to typically consist of the unity candle ceremony. This is when the couples light their own individual candle, and then they light one candle together. Now many couples choose to have the sand ceremony. This is a unity ceremony but can also involve other members of the family such as children from a previous marriage or the parents. The bride and groom poor different color sand into one container and parents or a child can pour their own sand into the same container as well. The sand ceremony is very popular for blended families and for beach weddings and carries the same symbolism as the unity candle ceremony.
Pronouncement of Marriage and Recessional
This is the best part! The couple is introduced as husband and wife and they exit the ceremony. The wedding party follows them and then the guests exit as well.

While there is a lot more to wedding ceremonies hopefully this article provides an overall idea of what to expect.  For more information on how to create the perfect wedding ceremony and additional ceremony options, please contact us or continue to view other articles in our Minster Services blog.

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