This the choreographed walk down the aisle of the wedding party to the altar. The Officiant, Groom and Best Man wait at the altar for the wedding party to walk down the aisle in the following order; first the Groomsmen paired with the Bridesmaids, followed by the Maid or Matron of Honor, then the Ring Bearer, then the Flower Girl, and lastly the Bride and her Father.
This element call together all in attendance to begin the ceremony. The words spoken at this time welcome and thank guests as well as introduce the purpose of this gathering.
Presentation of the Bride
Who presents this woman to this man? The father/escort says “I do”
Pick a message/prayer/reading Insert here
About 3-5 minutes in length, just a few simple thoughts about “love and family”. You’re welcome to suggest or select a short reading/writing of me to use and build my comments around. See Readings for examples. Also here is where you may want to inject some words for your cultural or religious values.
Declaration of Intent
“Do you stand here now to give yourselves in marriage?” You respond “We do.”
Choose vows Insert here
The words spoken at this time may be memorized, read from paper or repeated after me.
The Ring Exchange
(Bride/Groom) I give you this ring, as a symbol of my love and as a constant reminder that I have chosen you, above all others. To be the one, to share my life.
Groom repeats the same thing.
I now pronounce you Husband and Wife…You may now kiss to seal this union!!
I thank the guests for coming, making my closing remarks, and then present you as “Mr. and Mrs.”…
The Bride and Groom exit with Bridal Party and Parents following.
This is a 20-30 minute sample of the Order of Service