Entering a legal relationship is one of the most memorable moments in one’s life. No surprise, each of us dreams of an immaculate wedding, full of pleasure and joy shared with our loved ones. However, sometimes an excited bride or groom may forget that their perfect day begins with a detailed plan — you do not want to think about finding extra chairs for the guests who unexpectedly arrived at your ceremony. So, what has to be planned in advance? The essentials include:
The list can be transformed and prolonged. And if you wish to have a traditional religious wedding, it is apparent that you will also have to prepare a wedding ceremony script.
A wedding ceremony script serves as an outline that leads you through the marital event. Depending on your beliefs, this may contain religious or faith-neutral values. A typical script consists of:
However, it may be modified the way you wish. We have already prepared a great script for your ceremony and recommend using our form-building software to customize it.
Two examples of the paper are introduced below.
The first one is dedicated to celebrating the marriage of the protestant bride and groom.
The ceremony is opened up with greetings and prayer. The pastor is thanking God for gifting the future spouses to each other and reminds that marriage is as blissful as responsible.
Then, the pastor is asking who the parents of the bride are.
As you might view the marriage not only as joining a bride and a groom but also joining two families together, the parents are offered to bless their children to enter this relationship. They may opt for reading the script, prayer, sing, or express their emotions otherwise. However, this part is optional.
The intention statement is one of the most sentimental parts of the service. The bride and groom are holding each other’s hands and confirm that they have decided to marry under no coercion.
The vows may be written by both partners in advance, stating whatever they feel should be said or simply repeated after the pastor at the event.
Giving and receiving rings symbolizes eternity and the duration of the commitment you are making. Traditionally, they are made of gold — to signify the purity of the relationship you are about to enter.
Lightning, the unity candle, and prayer of blessing go thereafter. Eventually, the pastor pronounces that you have created a family and introduces you to the guests as the newlyweds.
The more extended version of the service known as the Pastor’s Service Manual for EFCA will be described hereunder. Keep in mind that not all of its parts are obligatory but mostly serve as a source of ideas. You are welcome to discuss which components of this type of ceremony you wish to include.
The pastor reads several verses as an introduction, reminding all the participants of the service that God is Love.
After that, they invite God’s presence and ask to sanctify the ceremony.
Marriage is sacred, given to all of us by Christ for welfare and happiness. The pastor proclaims how important the spousal relationship is and reminds us that both spouses have to get ready to cherish and support each other no matter what life brings.
Two different types of vows will be announced during this service, the first of which is each future spouse’s declaration to wholly accept the other partner and spend their lives forever.
At this point, the father (or guardian) of the bride is supposed to kiss her and lead her to the platform.
The bride and groom may choose to prepare the vows before the service, speak from their hearts, or repeat the pastor’s words.
Exchanging rings is sealing the vows you have given. The precious metal of the rings serves to remind you of the precious possession you have in the marriage. The round shape is a symbol of eternity.
This is an optional component of the service. Some couples choose to light the candle to signify that their individuality has become a family relationship, full of mutual love and respect.
At this point, the pastor addresses the Lord and asks to send his blessings upon the bride and groom.
Pronounced to have become spouses, the husband is welcomed to kiss his wife, celebrating their newly-born marital relationship.
The pastor finally introduces the family to all guests.