With traditional and modern variations, the procession defines who will walk from/to where and when. This typically starts with the officiant and can include the groom escorting both mothers to their seats before the wedding party.
To start off to the ceremony, I speak to the audience about what marriage is and what their role is in supporting you.
Turning my attention to the two of you, I go into what it means to be a true and complete partner for one another.
Your Love Story
Officiant for Ian and Ashley P.
Photo courtesy of True Love Photo
An optional piece that is shared with your guests. If you'd like to incorporate your Love Story into your ceremony, we'll set a separate time for the three of us to get together for a relaxed conversation where I can learn about you and your relationship. We'll talk about how and where you met, your first impressions of each other, your first date, who made the first move, how your feelings for each other grew, when you knew you you were in love, who proposed and how everyone felt, and what your hopes are for your married life together.
This is always my favorite part of our time together!
I often find that the fellas are a bit intimidated by this and don't tend to initiate much of the story telling, but do add end up having a lot of input, so try not to worry too much about how they may or may not contribute here ;)
Vows & Ring Exchange
Vows can be read by the two of you using personal or pre-written verbiage, or in "repeat after me" or "I do" format for those that might prefer not to do much public speaking.
Rings can be exchanged during or after the vow reading and can also include a reading on the background on what the ring symbolizes.
An optional piece, there are endless versions and variations, but all are generally based around the concept that two persons are becoming one. I always enjoy learning about different ceremonies and welcome my couple's to bring new practices into their ceremonies!
This can also be a great place to include your children or step-children if you want to have them play a part in your ceremony.
Another optional and popular piece for those that may or may not have a religious preference. The Marriage Prayer is a beautiful and sentimental way for everyone present to surround your marriage with protection and infuse it with extra love and positive energies.
Pronouncement of Marriage
This is the official and legal announcing of the marriage and where ya'll get to do that smooch you've been practicing ;)
The Couple's Introduction
Introducing you to your friends and family as the newly married couple!
I once also got to announce the future arrival and gender of a couple's second child! What a great thing to be a part of!!
Like the procession in reverse, the recession begins with the newly married couple fully exiting the ceremony area, followed by the rest of the wedding party.
This takes place after the entire wedding party has recessed down the aisle and typically consists of thanking everyone for coming and directing them to cocktail hour while the wedding party takes photos.
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