WITH ALL THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS? Anything more than the "Basic Wedding" (for an elopement or a traditional wedding)is an accessory. You can do what ever creates a Spiritual, Romantic, Holy or Sacred Ceremony to you. You do this by honoring the traditions of your families, your cultural and
religious background along with your personal desires for the
Two of You.
What ever you wish to add in the way of traditions or other extras/accessories starts the building of your Personal Unique Wedding.
Your Wedding Ceremony is for the TWO of you, whether just for
the 2 of you or with 2,000 of your friends and family.
An example of a traditional Ceremony
Including family and friends: The Parents and Groom, if available, greet Guests with the Minister as they arrive, and the guest register is available for them to sign The Ushers (who can also be Groomsmen) seat them while prelude music is playing.
Mothers of the Bride & Groom are seated last.
The Processional begins with the groom ushering the minister to the front.
The Bride’s Maids come down the aisle spaced one at a time The Maid of Honor comes next.
(The best-man and groomsmen can either walk behind the groom or
escort the maids down the isle, they are then, followed by the Ring Bearer The Red Carpet (or white) if any, to be rolled out. The Flower Girl comes just before the Bride
sprinkling petals or blows bubbles as she walks in front of the Bride. The Bride arrives alone or with escort
(father, brother, mother, son, friend or pet)
The congregation of guests stand as the music changes
for the Bride as she walks to complete the procession. It can be live music, CD, vocal or no music or..
perhaps a Bagpiper who leads the bride.
If she has a long train, the Train Bearers walk behind her.
The Bride and father or other escort presents the Bride to her Groom and is seated as the rest of the guests are re-seated.
(Details of the actual Ceremony performed here)
The Presentation of Bride & Groom as Mr. & Mrs. The Recessional starts with upbeat music or piper back down the isle to the reception line to be congratulated by
Well Wishers. The Reception if any, follows.
The Ministers part: 1. Welcome introduction, The minister invites all who wish it, to make this wedding interactive and to join their hands or hearts in a renewal of their own vows while the bride and groom are making theirs. 2.Intentions, areview by the minister of why we have gathered and what we are doing today (See Traditions & Rites page for the following) 3.Wedding poem/ancient?s history, a sweet poem of antiquity and an ancient account of man and woman read by the minister. 4.(options) 9.Introduction of the Vows/Rings, a review of their meanings 10. Vows & Ring Exchange, as chosen by the bride & groom 11. (options) 12. Blessing, by the Minister, acceptable to all faiths with the common denominator of Love, God or Creator13. (options) 14. Tying the Knot 15. Confirmation-Pronouncement, You have made your vows before these witnesses and are now pronounced husband and wife. . 16. Seal with a kiss, a wonderful old custom of symbolic mutual surrender, joining together and offering of nourishment to each other 17. Presentation, Minister introduces the new couple to the witnesses and guests EXAMPLE OF SOME OPTIONS:
1.Burning Bridges 2.The Profit 3.Love Feather & Sage Smudge 4. 1st Corinthians 5.Exchange of Nuptial Gifts 6. Nuptial Candle & Heart Flame Vows 7.Wine Toast (with or without guests joining) 8. Parents Flowers 9.Special Honoring, Song, Poem or Reading 10. Special family tradition (Celtic Wheel or Medicine Wheel) 11.Children's vows & gifts 12.Blessing Stones 13.Seedlings 14.Tying the Knot There are many other lovely old traditions that I haven't included here but that we can visit about if you are interested, like African jumping the broom, Vikng presentation of swords, Native American cutting the apron strings, Pinning the tartan, etc. More fun at the Reception