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Wedding Ceremony Choices Abound

Oct 31, 2007
Nowadays, when a couple is ready to make a decision about which style of wedding ceremony they would like to have, they are faced with endless options. For many couples, they are moving away from formal religious ceremonies and are seeking out other ways to exchange their vows. However, the standard wedding ceremony program still remains very traditional.

In stepping away from tradition and opting for a non-religious ceremony, some couples are asking a friend or a family member to perform the ritual. However, an important part of the role for the person who officiates, is to provide guidance in preparing and crafting the wedding vows, as well as for the overall ceremony.

Should the bride and groom decide to simply take on the task of planning their wedding ceremony on their own, there are many considerations. In order to have a well-planned ceremony, there are certain elements that should not be overlooked, but which can be customized to reflect the couple's personality.

Some of these critical wedding ceremony components to consider are:

1) The processional for the entrance of the bride, the groom and other members of the party, if desired;
2) The music, poetry, literature or other marriage readings, including those from the Bible, as desired; 3) The witnesses who you wish to sign your marriage certificate;
4) The wedding vows, whether standard or custom written by the couple;
5) The exchanging of the rings;
6) The lighting of a unity candle of other type of unity ceremony;
7) Any type of blessing or benediction on the marriage; 8) Any community or familiar commitment to support and uphold the union;
9) The newlyweds' first kiss and the recessional during the exit of the bride and groom.

Another important aspect of planning the marriage ceremony is in choosing the special event location. This is not only proper for the solemnity of the occasion but it will also inspire the couple and reflect their personality. For those couples who wish to have their nuptial ceremony at the place where they, or their family worship, then their perfect location is already a given.

For others seeking a less traditional venue for the exchange of their vows, the choice can sometimes be quite a challenge as there are so many marriage locations and receptions sites to choose from. More and more often, many of the best reception sites also feature superb settings for hosting the marriage ceremony as well. This offers a very convenient option which simplifies the day for the bride and groom and guests alike.

While finalizing the plans for your wedding ceremony, be sure that you feel comfortable with the choices made since they will become lasting memories. Often, well-meaning friends or family members try to influence the couple, but the final decision should always align with the ultimate desires of the couple as it is a day of celebration in their honor.
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