Vows (usually included, but required if not using Expression of Intent)
The Vows are one of the most (if not the most) memorable parts of the ceremony. Here, you are making your solemn promises of what you are willing to do for one another.
Although the Celebrant's Blessing of the Rings implies a religious or spiritual presence, included here are both some religious blessings and some secular words expressing the importance and symbolism of the rings.
The words you choose to speak to each other when exchanging rings are among the most important of the ceremony.
In the Unity Candle Ceremony, couples use two lit taper candles (symbolizing their individuality) to light one big candle as a symbol of their two lives becoming one in commitment. The Sand Ritual and the Rose Unity Ritual are sometimes substituted for the Unity Candle Ritual - especially if the wedding is taking place outdoors, where candles are easily blown out.
The Wine Ritual is sometimes substituted for the Unity Candle Ritual, but it can be an event chosen in addition to the Unity Candle.
The Pronouncement of Marriage is the Celebrant's public and legal proclamation that you are married. It is the exact moment of Marriage.
The Kiss is usually the crowning point of the ceremony. The guests often enjoy it, and it represents the sealing of the promise you have made to each other.
There are many readings suitable for a marriage ceremony. The readings on this page are divided into four parts - 1. Biblical Readings of the Old Testament; 2. Biblical Readings of the New Testament; 3. Non-Biblical Readings; and 4. Poetry. For each Reading a suggestion will be made as to whom the reader might be - either a guest, the Bride, the Groom, or the Celebrant.
There are many types of rituals you can include in your wedding ceremony. The rituals on this page are divided into five parts - 1. Child Recognition Rituals; 2. Cultural Rituals; 3. Flower Rituals; 4. Religious Rituals; and 5. Family and Other Rituals. For each ritual, we suggest in which part of the ceremony it might occur (i.e. Preceding the start of the ceremony, in Part 1 - the Opening of the Ceremony, in Part 2 - Setting the Stage, in Part 3 - Consummating the Marriage, or in Part 4 - the Closing of the Ceremony) and if the ritual demands a very specific place in the ceremony, we'll indicate that also.