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Your Ceremony Order – Half Moon Bay – Coastside

Written by Terry Plank on . Posted in Wedding Tips

A wedding ceremony program order basically has just four major elements. You can add things like readings, prayers, a Unity Candle Ceremony, and other elements where they seem appropriate within the basic structure.

First, your wedding ceremony begins with how you want the wedding party to proceed in to where the ceremony actually takes place.

The traditional approach is for the men in the wedding party to proceed in from the side and the women proceed down the aisle with the bride entering last. The bride may enter by herself or be escorted by her father or some significant person.

Once the bridal party is assembled, usually the officiant will welcome the guests and give a short talk to the bridal couple. This part of the wedding ceremony program can be religious, secular, or can be a ceremony that combines the religious and the secular.

Next is the exchange of vows and rings. There are two different approaches to wedding ceremony vows. One type is where the officiant asks you a series of questions  to which you reply “I do.” In the second, the couple reads their vows or is prompted by the officiant to share significant words of commitment.

The wedding ceremony program concludes with the pronouncement of you as “husband and wife” and an introduction to the guests. The introduction can be something like, ” Ladies and Gentlemen I’d like to introduce to you, George and Mary, husband and wife.” Or “Ladies and Gentlemen I’d like to introduce to you, Mr. and Mrs. George Henderson.

Here is an example of a Wedding Ceremony program order from Weddings By The Sea. There is also a link on that the Ceremony page to a page of additional wedding vows.

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