Marriages by Marcia
Personalized Wedding Ceremonies Performed by Rev. Marcia McGuiness
Elements of a Wedding Ceremony
The following is an outline of the flow of a typical wedding ceremony. Any of these elements can be personalized to create your nuptials special and distinctive:
• Introduction and/or Greeting:
The officiant greets the guests and calls to attention the solemn nature of marriage, and asks all assembled to respect the union of the couple's marriage.
• Presentation of the Bride/Groom:
The officiant asks the person(s) giving away an individual or couple to do so.
The officiant’s statements to the couple and guests of the meaning of the commitment of marriage.
• Declaration of Consent/Intent:
The so-called “I do’s” whereby both partners assert that they enter into the marriage by their own volition.
• Invocation or Opening Prayer:
God or our Higher Power is invoked by the officiant to witness
the ceremony and bless the union.
The cornerstone of the ceremony in which the couple address each other and promise to fulfill their roles as each others spouse.
• Ring Exchange:
The traditional act of exchanging wedding rings, meant to symbolize the couple's eternal union as married partners.
• Charge to the Couple & Pronouncement of Marriage:
Wherein the officiant reiterates the couple's commitment before the witnesses and pronounces them joined in matrimony.
• The Kiss
This needs no explanation!
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