Planning Your Wedding Ceremony


Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony is the main event and the reason for it all. This important moment requires a perfectly choreographed performance. It doesn’t just happen in the moment. The ceremony, fashion, flowers and rituals are all planned to perfection. Explore these tips for planning your wedding ceremony.


Practice the Wedding Ceremony


Practice makes perfect. Get all the nerves out of the way and become comfortable going through the motions. Use props, such as a mock train and ribbon bouquet. Practice turning with the train and handing off the bouquet to the maid of honor. Ceremonial elements, such as jumping the broom and pouring sand for a sand ceremony, should have a practice run too. Create opportunities to work with the officiant. Practicing the ceremony avoids embarrassing mistakes. The rehearsal dinner is probably the last opportunity to gather with the wedding party and have a final practice wedding ceremony.

The Processional


The processional usually forms at the rear of the ceremony site. The order begins with the parents of the groom taking their seat in the front, followed by the entrance of the groom, best man and officiant. The groom and best man usually stand on the right side of the aisle, facing the guests. The best man stands to the groom’s left, slightly behind him. It is a good idea to organize the wedding party according to height, with the shorter individuals in front. The wedding processional forms with the groomsmen, junior groomsmen, junior bridesmaids, bridesmaids, maid of honor, flower girl, ring bearer, bride and her father and train bearers. Properly space the wedding party four to six paces between each individual or pair in the line.

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony Rituals


A handfasting ceremony, unity candle or sand ceremony are ways to make the wedding ceremony unique. During a handfasting ceremony, the officiant wraps a chord three times around the hands of the bride and groom to bind them together. The officiant explains the symbolism and meaning behind the ritual. Then, the couple exchanges vows during the ceremony. During a unity candle ceremony, the bride and groom light a column candle to symbolize uniting as one. A sand ceremony is similar to the unity candle ceremony. The bride and groom pour colored sand into a single vase to symbolize becoming one. If you want to add a special ritual to your wedding ceremony, discuss it with your officiant.

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