A wedding is a ceremonial event in which two people are united as husband and wife. It is a wonderful time for family and friends to celebrate the new couple’s love and commitment to each other. Whether you are planning a simple ceremony, an extravagant affair or something in between, there is much to consider. From choosing the right officiant to deciding on which vows to read, there are many ways to make your wedding truly your own.
A good place to start is by learning the basic requirements for a wedding ceremony. From there, you can add in elements that will enhance your special day. Good ceremonies are like Christmas trees — you start with the bare branches (the required parts) and then add ornaments to make it unique to you and your partner.
You will want to introduce yourself to the crowd. You should state your name, your role in the wedding and how you are related to the couple getting married. This is especially important because not everyone will know you or how you are connected to them. Adding humor to your remarks can also be an effective way to connect with your audience, especially those who may not be as close to the bride or groom.
After the introductions are completed, it is time to read your vows. These should be written by you and your partner, rather than simply being memorized for the big day. The vows are your promise to each other that you will always care for and respect each other, no matter what. Your vows are your foundation in marriage and a reminder of why you chose to marry.
Following the exchange of vows, you will give each other your rings. The officiant will instruct you to place the rings on each other’s ring fingers and then symbolically join them together as one. The exchange of rings is a powerful moment that signifies your lifelong commitment to each other and your desire to be together forever.
The officiant will usually offer a few words of wisdom on marriage and how to overcome the inevitable challenges that come with it. It is a good idea to choose an officiant who you feel comfortable with and trust to lead your special day.
Many couples choose to announce their wedding in a local newspaper. Before you submit your announcement, check the newspaper’s guidelines to ensure it meets their expectations. Also, it is a good idea to ask for feedback on the content from those who are familiar with you. Then, you can rest assured that your announcement is both appropriate and well-written.