Pictures of the wedding party

This should begin at least an hour or an hour and a half prior to the start of the wedding and be should be finished before the wedding ceremony event.

Next the wedding party

The wedding party should be dressed, ready and waiting in the appropriate locations at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

The Prelude

Any musical preludes or solos should take place at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

The Lighting of the Candles

This will depend on who will light the candles. Sometimes the candles or candelabras are lit before the guests arrive. Other times the ushers light them as part of the prelude, or as part of the wedding ceremony.

Your Wedding Ceremony

Of course start with the processional and the seating of the parents Having the support and involvement of parents and grandparents in the ceremony brings a special blessing to the couple and also expresses honor to the previous generations of marriage unions. Next the processional music should begin with the seating of the honored guests:

Seating of the Groom's grandmother

Seating of the Bride's grandmother

Seating of the Groom's parents

Seating of the Bride's mother

Next the bridal processional begins

The minister and groom enter usually from stage right. If the Groomsmen are not escorting the Bridesmaids down the aisle to the altar, they also enter together with the minister and groom.

The bridesmaids enter, usually down the center aisle, one at a time. If the Groomsmen are escorting the Bridesmaids, they enter together.

Next the maid or matron of honor enters. If the Best Man is escorting her, they enter together.

The flower girl and ring bearer enter.

Now the Wedding March should Begin The Bride and her father enter. Typically the Bride's mother will stand as a signal for all of the guests to stand. Sometimes the Minister will announce, All rise for the Bride.

The Next steps are

a. The Call to Worship

b. Opening Remarks

c. The Opening Prayer

d. At this time the congregation is typically asked to be seated.

e. Giving Away of the Bride

f. Worship Song, Hymn or Solo

g. At this time the wedding party typically moves to the stage or platform

h. The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer are seated with their parents.

I. The Charge to Bride

J. and Groom

K. The Pledge

L. Wedding Vows

M. At this moment in the wedding ceremony the Bride and Groom face one another.

N. Exchanging of the Rings

O. Lighting of the Unity Candle

P The Pronouncement

Q Communion

R Many times couples will incorporate Communion into the wedding ceremony, making -.Communion their very first act as a married couple.

S. The Closing Prayer

T. Minister announces

U. ____, you may now kiss your Bride.

V. Presentation of the Couple

W. Minister: It is now my privilege to introduce to you for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. __________________________.


1. The wedding party exits the platform, typically in the following order:

2. Bride and Groom

3. Maid or Matron of Honor and Best Man

4. Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

5. Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

6. The Ushers return for the honored guests who are escorted out in reverse order of their entrance.

7. Ushers may then dismiss the remaining guests, either all at once, or one row at a time.

Use Doves, Butterflies, or Bubbles

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