Wedding Ceremony Outline:
This will give you an idea of the major elements that create a
cohesive and powerful wedding ceremony. It’s not necessary to
include all these features. And I encourage you to create your own
traditions! Any references to a Higher Power are up to you.
Things to consider before the ceremony
- Wedding Programs
- Seating of guests
- Seating of significant family members
Processional: The order in which the wedding
party enters the ceremony.
Presentation of the Bride/Groom: In traditional
weddings, the Officiant may ask the parents to give their blessing
on the marriage with words such as: "Who presents this bride for
marriage?" Or in more modern language: "Who gives their blessing on
this marriage and the joining of these families?"
Convocation /Welcome: A greeting to the guests
with appreciation for their attendance. May include remembrance of
loved ones who have died or are unable to attend. We may
also mention special or unusual elements of the ceremony, such as
ethnic traditions, to acquaint your guests with their
Invocation: Often in the form of a prayer which
states our intention for gathering together and asks for blessing
(click here for
Reading: You may wish to select one or more
readings that have special meaning for you. Here’s an opportunity to
invite friends or family to participate by giving the reading. Of
course, I am happy to read as well. Note: Some couples like to
choose a passage from Scripture as a way of honoring the religious
tradition in which they were raised even if they have chosen other
The Address: A personal message I give
to you that speaks to the unique qualities of your relationship.
Song/Musical Interlude/Reading: Here’s another
opportunity to feature a reading or song you love.
Exchange of Vows: Words of love
and commitment that you choose and speak to each other.
Unity Candle/Sand Ceremony: Some couples choose
a ritual that illustrates how their lives are being irrevocably
joined by lighting a joint candle from two individual ones or
pouring sand from individual containers into a joint container.
Blessing of the Hands: A blessing of the
hands that will wear your wedding ring for a lifetime.
Blessing of the Wedding Rings: The circle is a
sacred symbol of the everlasting love that unites all life….
Exchange of Rings with vows of commitment (click here for an
Pronouncement of Marriage: Hooray! I get to say
you are married!
Blessing/Benediction: Click here for a
favorite one from the Native American tradition.
Presentation of the Bride and Groom: "Family and
friends, it is my privilege to present for the first time: [Put your
Recessional: The bride and groom return down the
aisle followed by the wedding party, parents and grandparents and
finally the Officiant. Let the party begin!
Create a ceremony as special and unique as your love.
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