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What Is the Sequence for a Wedding Ceremony?

What Is the Sequence for a Wedding Ceremony?

Most weddings follow a similar order. If you have ever attended a wedding, you probably have an idea of the order of events. Different religions and cultures might include other specific events, with some of them even having personal touches such as written vows, prayers, reading, and even songs. Here is a typical framework of the order of things at a wedding. However, it is not necessary to include every step or to stick to a specific timeframe.

  • Processional. This is the part of the wedding ceremony where the people involved in the wedding walk down the aisle and take their places. When walking down the aisle, you and your spouse can decide to walk down the aisle together, separately or even be escorted by your parents. In traditional Christian weddings, the bride is escorted by the parents down the aisle while the groom waits by the altar. In Jewish weddings, the groom is escorted by the parents, and the bride is escorted by her parents afterward.
  • Opening remarks. Once everybody has taken their places, the person officiating the wedding will say a few words, to welcome everyone and start the wedding ceremony. This is also meant to signal the beginning of the wedding celebration politely.
  • Couple remarks. This is the time when the couple is given a few minutes to make a few remarks about the wedding and the significance of their vows. At this time, the couple may also give a brief description of how they met and how their love story started. If you wish to include prayers or reading, it should happen right before the couple remarks.
  • Exchange of Vows. This is the time where you exchange your vows. You might opt for the traditional vows or write your own.
  • Exchange of rings. This comes right after the exchange of vows. Typically, the groom will be the first to put a ring on the bride, followed by the bride putting the ring on the groom.
  • The announcement of the new marriage. After the exchange of rings, the person officiating the wedding will officially announce that they are husband and wife.
  • Kiss. After being announced man and wife, the wedding official will proceed by telling the groom to kiss the bride. This is the first action of sealing the marriage. As the groom, you should not rush into the kiss, and you want to make sure that the photographer gets to take a nice shot of this moment.
  • Closing comments. The person officiating the wedding will bring the ceremony to an end with a few final words. If the wedding was a religious one, the official presiding over the wedding would mostly end the ceremony with a prayer and a blessing.
  • Recessional. This is the grand exit. It is worth noting that recessional order is the opposite of the processional order. During recessional, the bride and the groom exit together as a new couple. The wedding party follows the bride and the groom and then finally the guest's exit, as the ceremony proceeds to the wedding reception.