Planning the Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony is the heart and soul of your wedding because it seals your union, marking the start of your new journey as one. Today's wedding ceremonies range from highly traditional to extremely personalized and unique, but their purposes and outcome are all the same ... to complete the union and join the lives of the couple.

When planning your ceremony, it can be helpful to create a ceremony worksheet. This will help ensure you haven't overlooked anything important. The outline below can serve as your guide. Be sure to speak with your officiate for his/her input, as well. If you are marrying in church, temple, or other religious venue, there can be specific rules and requirements by which you must abide.
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Ceremony Worksheet Outline


Ceremony site reserved:

Cost for site (some religious venues simply request a donation):

Date of ceremony (be sure to confirm!):

Ceremony time - From: To:
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Name of officiate:

Officiate's telephone #:

Officiate's email address:

Officiate's fee (if any):
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Ceremony Details
If you are incorporating music or performances in your ceremony, indicate your music selections and performances in the appropriate area of the checklist, as well.

Seating of Guests (who will your ushers be?)

Seating of Parents (who will escort each?)

Procession (names of participants and order of procession):

Giving Away (i.e. who gives this bride .... ideas to make it unique):

Reading and/or prayers (name of readings and verses):

Readers (who will be presenting each reading or verse):

Bride's Vows:

Groom's Vows:

Exchange of Rings:

Unity Ceremony:

Pronouncement of Marriage:

Benediction or Blessing:

Recessional (names and order):

Signing of the marriage license (In most cases, this actually happens after the ceremony, however you can actually incorporate this into the ceremony if your officiate will allow it!)

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