The wedding ceremony is one of the most important parts of the wedding day and the reason for the celebration. There are a few key components to every ceremony and just a few elements that make it unique. Your wedding ceremony will probably include the wedding party, officiant, witnesses, speakers and all the special traditions you include. This blueprint for the wedding ceremony should help you create your own.
Mapping out the Wedding Party
Your wedding ceremony will include a wedding party that could consist of a maid of honor, bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen, page boys, flower girls and parents. Each special person has a very important role and position in the ceremony. You should map it out on paper to create a visual that lists the specific tasks being delegated to each person. It will help you visualize placement during the wedding ceremony.
Wedding Ceremony Roll Call
It is important to understand the duties assigned to each person and their special involvement in the actual wedding ceremony. The maid of honor is a personal assistant to the bride on her wedding day and takes a supportive role throughout the entire event, especially at the wedding arch. The best man does the same for the groom, and usually holds the rings during the ceremony. These are important people you absolutely cannot imagine the moment without. Bridesmaids and groomsmen make up the rest of the supportive party that will plan with the you and support you during your big moment. Page boys have the role of escorting flower girls. Flower girls walk down the aisle behind the ring bearer and scatter rose petals or blow bubbles. Some couples chose to have a ring bearer hold the rings, instead of the best man. Having children participate in the wedding ceremony is completely optional.
Procession of the Wedding Ceremony
The procession of the wedding ceremony begins with the entrance of the mother of the bride. This signals that the main event is about to begin. Once she takes her front row seat, the groom will walk down the aisle and take his place at the wedding arch. Sometimes the groom’s parents escort him down the aisle. The best man makes his entrance and joins the groom. The groomsmen walk down the aisle, one by one. The bridesmaids follow behind the groomsmen, one by one. The maid of honor walks down the aisle behind the bridesmaids. Sometimes the best man escorts the maid of honor and the groomsmen escort the bridesmaids down the aisle in pairs. The page boys and flower girls make their entrance before the bride, dropping rose petals on the aisle. Traditionally, the father of the bride escorts the bride down the aisle and gives her away. This role could be filled by a family member, close friend or no one.
Officiant's Role During the Wedding Ceremony
If you choose to have a legally recognized wedding ceremony, you will want to have an officiant present. Your officiant will help you plan the rituals, readings and vows you would like to be part of your wedding ceremony. Never be afraid to create something different. Step outside of the box and incorporate your unique customs and rituals. Think about how you envision your wedding ceremony. Whether you are writing your own vows, considering a unity candle or sand ceremony, the officiant will be the coordinator of all your customs and rituals. They will deliver special speeches and pause for readings. They will explain traditions to your guests in attendance and guide you through the ceremony. Your officiant will make all the difference in your special moments and make your wedding ceremony legal.
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