Wedding ceremonies are always a wonderful thing to behold. Weddings are a definite highlight of every engaged couple who both spent months planning, coordinating, shopping, and inviting their loved ones from all over the town (or world) to celebrate with them.The covenant of love between two persons in the sight of their family is a memorable thing to treasure. The white dress, the music, the rings, the gowns, the flowers, the food, everything is just so festive and everyone is merry.We know that planning a traditional wedding ceremony can be exhausting. There are a lot of details that you have to decide and plan, especially the order of your traditional wedding ceremony. When it comes to this, a lot of couples have opted to customize how they want the schedule to flow. Thus, there are a lot of things that you can do nowadays on your own traditional wedding ceremony.But, let’s start with the basics. What happens in a traditional wedding ceremony? What is the flow usually followed by people? A traditional wedding ceremony gives you the basic highlights of what goes on during a traditional wedding ceremony. In the future, you can always choose to remove, retain, or even customize its elements to your own preference.But, in this article, we’ll discuss what happens in a traditional wedding ceremony.
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Traditional Wedding Ceremony Ideas
The ProcessionalThis is the part where you get to parade for a few seconds. The special people in your life are now present to celebrate this milestone.The processional usually begins with the officiant making their way to the front where they’ll conduct the traditional wedding ceremony. This is followed by the groom who can be accompanied by his best man, his parents, or he could go solo. After the groom, the older people in your life that will serve as your guide in this new chapter, followed by your best friends, close relatives, ring bearer, then the flower girls, which will signal the entrance of the bride by decorating the aisle with flower petals on their baskets.After the little girls have safely made their way to their respective seats, the officiant will ask everyone to rise up for the bridal procession. This is when the music majestically shifts and the bride slowly makes her entrance as the crowd looks at her in awe and the groom tears up as he watches her. During a bridal procession, the bride is usually accompanied by her parents or others that she considers as a parental figure.
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Opening Remarks and The Message of the OfficiantHearing the words of the officiant saying, “dearly beloved we are gathered here today,” signifies that the ceremony proper is about to start. This will be said after the bride has made her way in front and she’s now standing there with her groom.The officiant will then address the people and welcome them to a traditional wedding ceremony. Then, they’ll proceed to talk about the great importance of the covenant of marriage and what it represents. The officiant might even use your own love story as an example of what you’ve fought for to get to where you are now.With a religious traditional wedding ceremony, the officiant will use this time to read something from the scriptures and encourage the couple with a short message.
Exchange of VowsThis is where you exchange with your partner your promise and commitment to be there for each other and to fulfill your duties and responsibilities as a married couple. You can have pre-written vows that can be found in books or on the internet. But, it’s always better to write one yourself since it speaks from the heart.
Photo by Sarah Libby PhotographyIf you choose to write one yourself, here are a few tips that can help you.
- Tell your partner that you love them. We say this too much but sometimes we don’t mean it. Saying I love you out loud is also a proclamation to everyone present at the wedding how much the person standing next to you means.
- Promise to be there for each other no matter what life throws at you. A common line recited during a traditional wedding ceremony goes like this, “To have and to hold, for better or for worse.”
- Avoid using always and never in your promises. We’re all fallen humans, and we cannot promise someone perfection. Admit that you’re not perfect but that you’ll try your best in everything.
- Try to use humor and add little anecdotes that can help lighten the mood. This also provides a realness, so that when others hear it they realize that you’re not trying to show anyone that you’re perfect and that you’ll make it. But, rather just two imperfect humans willing to do the work to make the marriage succeed.