What Your Wedding Day Could Look Like
No matter who marries you, take time to talk about and write down any customs, music or traditions that are important to both of you. Then start outlining the actual ceremony together:
- If you are having a religious ceremony, the person marrying you should be able to help you craft the order of the wedding ceremony. Lean on that person to guide you.
- If you are having a ceremony that is not overtly religious, you have different options. Look at what is important to you and your groom, and pull in elements that are personal.
Some of the traditional elements include:
- Prelude (or music) that plays prior to the ceremony beginning.
- Seating of the guests.
- Seating of the parents. The mother of the bride should be seated last.
- Wedding Processional that begins with the Groom and Officiant and includes all of the wedding party (except the bride.)
- Grand entrance — this is where special wedding music is played and the bride enters (traditionally with her Father.)
- Opening remarks from the officiant and a reading or prayer are common.
- Giving away of the bride.
- Charge to the bride and groom which includes a few words about the privilege and bond of marriage.
- Exchanging of wedding vows.
- Exchanging of wedding rings.
- Declaration of marriage by the officiant and that first kiss!
- Presenting of the newlyweds and their recessional walk back down the aisle together
There are only a few legal requirements for a wedding, so have fun creating a wedding that is special to you both! Then work with your officiant to create the perfect event flow.
After you are comfortable with the way the wedding ceremony has come together, go ahead and order your wedding program.
Then you can start to create your Wedding Day Calendar.
This easy-to-use tool will be something you probably refer to several times over the next few months, so put as much or as little detail into it as you like.
You may also want to share it with your bridesmaids, parents and other friends who are part of the ceremony.