Weddings from the Heart offers five complete new ceremonies, the texts of traditional Christian and civil ceremonies, and hundreds of vows, consecrations, and blessings. Includes more than fifty heartwarming, philosophical, and poetic readings on love from a wide range of writers and poets such as Pablo Neruda, Rainer Maria Rilke, Shakespeare, and Elizabeth Barret Browning.
Get the best of both worlds for your wedding with this keepsake shadow box and unity sand ceremony set. The smaller sand box serves as a stunning alternative to a unity candle, and comes with two delicate glass pouring vases that can be filled with colored sands. Once you have performed the unity ritual, the box becomes a beautiful keepsake that serves as a gorgeous reminder of your special day.
Add a creative, contemporary touch to your wedding ceremony with this floating unity candle. Each set comes with a tall glass vase and an elegant white floating candle. The vase is made from artisan crafted hand-blown glass. Customize this set with your initials etched into the vase in simple and striking script, surrounded by a chic circle.
There are a number of components that are common to all weddings, others are optional. The following guide can server as a starting point for planning a ceremony.
The order and formality of the processional may vary based on a number of factors, including the religious tradition and formality of the proceeding.
For a typical protestant processional, the groom, best man, and any groomsmen will already be in place at the altar along with the officiant. The remainder of the bridal party will proceed in the following order:
Other traditions have the groomsmen escorting the bridesmaids down the aisle, or have both sides of the wedding party, including the bride and groom enter from opposites sides of the venue meeting to walk down the aisle in pairs.
Another option is for the officiant to meet the bride and groom at the back of the congregation and precede them down the aisle.
The parents of the wedding party may also be included in the processional, and will typically precede the bridesmaids and be seated before the remainder of the processional. Yet another option is to have the parents flank the bride and the groom and walk down the aisle with them. This can help both sets of parents feel more a part of the ceremony.
The ceremony can be as simple as an opening, exchange of vows, and the closing or “pronouncement”. Or the ceremony can be more elaborate and include a greeting; selected readings; words of blessing by the celebrant; a ritual such as a blessing of the rings, a ring exchange, a candle lighting ceremony, or sand ceremony; the exchange of vows including the couple’s statements of appreciation; a final blessing; and the pronouncement by the celebrant.
Some couples are choosing to include the signing of the wedding certificate as part of the ceremony. If it is not included at this point, it is usually completed after the receiving line or recessional. Remember, the wedding is not official until the certificate is completed and filed, by the officiant, with the county clerk.
The newlyweds turn and face their guests, the bride is given her bouquet, and the bridal party start down the aisle in pairs, in the reverse order of entry, led by the bride and groom, with the families following after the bridal party and before the other guests.
Older traditions have the parents of the bride, bride and groom, and parents of the groom greet guests and thank them for attending. It ensures that the bride and groom get a chance to speak with each guest, an opportunity that may be lost during the festivities of the reception to follow.
Did you know it is perfectly legal to have a family member or friend conduct your wedding ceremony?
By becoming ordained, they will be authorized to legally solemnize and conduct weddings.
We believe women have the same right to be ordained as men. Have you already chosen a maid of honor? Have another best friend that you would like to honor too? Save money and have a friend or your sister perform your ceremony!
Our starter packages include everything they need to get perform their first ceremony, including a framable ordination certificate, credit-card style pocket ID card, letters of good standing (where required by localities), and (optionally) ready-to-use or customize marriage ceremonies and a keepsake marriage certificate for your friend to complete at the conclusion of the ceremony.