A wedding ceremony is a chance to publicly announce you love for each other and show your friends and family that you have committed to each other for the rest of your life. You should always include a few things in your ceremony.
A verse or two
Including a verse in your ceremony is very traditional. Most often it is a bible verse, but it could be from anywhere. One of the most appropriate verses is 1 Corinthians 13. This is the famous “Love is patient, love is kind…” verse. It is very nice to include in the ceremony because it reminds the couple what love really means. However, you may decide to get your quote from somewhere else. A poem that you enjoy or a favorite book could also be places to find very nice quotes that will help summarize your love.
Memories of the courtship
The biggest thing that will bring a happy tear to your families is sharing some memories of your earlier years. Spending a few weeks prior to the ceremony with your officiator will give you both the best chance share some fine memories. Sharing memories is not something many couples think about, but it is a great addition to the ceremony.
Exchange the symbols
Rings are often exchanged in a wedding ceremony for various reasons. A ring is an endless circle, which is said to represent the love to people share for each other, which is also endless. By putting a physical representation on each other’s hands, it shows the world that another loves them. If you are a couple that is non-traditional you may wish to exchange a different symbol, but the point remains the same.
It is very customary to exchange vows of some sort during a wedding ceremony. Some couples decide to write their own or ask someone us to come up with the vows. Many times these vows are from the traditional vows found in The Book of Common Prayer published in 1549. However, there are many versions of these vows around. Many couples have chosen to try different things with these traditional vows.
Presentation and the kiss
After the main part of the ceremony is finished, you must not forget the presentation and the kiss. The officiator should say “I now introduce…Mr. and Mrs. …” or something equal to such. This is often after the union is completed with a kiss. The style of kiss is left up to the couple, but it may be something you want to talk about before hand. You do not want to seem uncoordinated with each other for your first kiss as a married couple.
Including these things in your ceremony will mean a beautiful service. Your friends and family will enjoy sitting in the crowd listening to you exchange your vows.