This is just one plan for a ceremony. This is not the Gospel. It does however give you a great premise on how to plan and construct your Wedding Ceremony. You do not have to use this, however, most people like to use this because it is easy. Do not be afraid to design your own ceremony. In fact I appreciate when people get involved in their ceremony because you make it your own. Religious, Civil or just plain wanting to get the papers all you have to do is let me know so we can go over all of the options. Remember this is your Wedding, make it yours.
The Sample Wedding with Flow Chart
This is a sample of a Wedding Flow Chart. I decided to make it very easy to follow. There are lots of ways to do this. No one way is THE BEST WAY to do this. I left out items such as "the charge to the couple." What I want to establish here is that this is YOUR WEDDING that you and I are working on. It does not matter for anyone else. What does matter is what you are trying to establish for your wedding day. Make your day the way you want it to be. I will help you as well as advise you. Wedding Planners can also help. What you want to do is be aware of your timing and spacing. The Wedding will flow with ease and work together to make it the day you will always want to remember!
Wedding Flow Chart
(Play Music #1)
Unity Candle - Mothers or representatives of each family, bride's family first, followed by groom's representative, escorted by ushers to the unity candles. Unity Sand is poured at the same time and then the mothers are escorted to their seats.
(Play Music #2)
Procession - From start of procession to finish: junior bridesmaids, bridesmaids, matron of honor, ring bearer, flower girls. Pay attention to spacing!!!
(Play Music #3)Father of the bride and the Bride walk down the Aisle.
Groomsmen - The groomsmen can either stay up front with the best man and the groom; meet bridesmaids halfway down the aisle, or walk completely down the aisle with the bridesmaids. The groom and the best man always are up front with the Wedding Officiant.
Greetings of the Day by Steve Hoffman/Wedding Officiant.
Announcement of Readings and Readers - These can be done throughout the ceremony.
Vows - You may use my vows or write your own (no problem). Groom first, followed by the bride.
Ring Ceremony - Groom first followed by the bride.
(Play Music #4)
Unity Candle- Unity Sand to be poured by the bride and groom. Flowers for the bride's mother and groom's mother to be taken surprisingly to them as a token of your appreciation.
Announcements (if any)
Closing Prayer (if any)
Ending of Ceremony
Pronouncement of Husband and Wife
Receiving Line - only if wanted
Let the Celebration Begin!
Samuel Clements aka Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass aka Mark Twain-Taken from a writing at a Riverboat Wedding for friends.
“A marriage makes two fractional lives a whole. It gives to two questioning natures a renewed reason for living. It brings gladness to the sunshine, and a new fragrance to the flowers, and new beauty to the earth, and of course, a new mystery to life.”
O' eternal God, creator and preserver of all mankind, send thy blessings upon this man and this woman whom you bless in thy name so that they will surely perform the vows of the covenant made between them. Look gracefully upon them that may love, honor, and cherish each other, and so live together in faithful, patient, and true goodness. May their home be a heavenly blessing and a place of peace. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
MARRIAGE JOINS TWO PEOPLE IN THE CIRCLE OF ITS LOVE
~ By Edmund O'Neill ~
Marriage is a commitment to life, the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship can equal. It is a physical and an emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.
Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life's most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other's best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. And there may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other may resemble the tender caring of a parent for a child.
Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, commitment is stronger, even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly.
Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing a love that is deeper than life.
When two people pledge their love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique unto themselves which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people who love each other and takes a lifetime to fulfill.
What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
Dearly beloved we are gathered here today in the presence of God and these, your many friends and family, to join this man, and this woman in Holy matrimony which is a very honorable estate. It is therefore not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discretely, that these two persons come now to be joined.
I charge you both as you stand in the presence of God to remember that love and loyalty alone will avail in the foundation of a happy home. If the solemn vows that you are about to assume/make be kept pure, your lives will be full of joy and the home you are establishing will abide in peace.
No other human ties are more tender, no more perfect than those which you are about to assume.
I ask you (groom), and I ask you (Bride), are you both now ready to profess your faith to each other?
It is now time for both of you to face each other and profess your faith to one another.
Groom: I ________, take you _______, to be my lawful wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, for as long as you/we both shall live?
Bride: I _______, take you _______, to be my lawful wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish for as long as you both shall live?
May we now present the rings.
With this ring I thee wed and I pledge unto thee, my faith and my love.
Scottish Wedding Blessing,
the Pille Version 5-24-2009
May you have enough happiness
to make you sweet,
Enough trials to make you strong,
Enough sorrow to make you human,
Enough hope to make you happy,
May joy and peace surround you both and
Contentment latch your door,
May happiness be with you now and
God bless you ever more!
For as much as you have consented to live together in wedlock, you have professed your faith to each other in the presence of these your many friends and now your family. Now, by the Power and authority vested in me by this The Commonwealth of Kentucky//The great State of Ohio, I now proudly pronounce you as Husband and Wife. You may now kiss your Bride!!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great honor I present to you as husband and Wife, Mr & Mrs _____________!!!!!!!!!