A lot of couples have this question but they’re embarrassed to ask it: What actually happens during a wedding ceremony? What does a sample wedding ceremony look like? Sure, we all know about the vows, the rings and there’s a kiss in there somwhere. But what is the usual order of events? What else happens while the couple is up there?

Don’t worry! We’re going to walk you through a sample wedding ceremony. Like everything at Young Hip & Married, we believe you should do your wedding your way. So remember: this is just asample wedding ceremony! You don’t have to include all of these parts of the ceremony and you don’t have to do them in this order.

A few of these ceremony elements are important in order to make your wedding legal, but you can get creative with almost everything. Just ask you officiant! They’ll be able to bring your dream ceremony to life and make sure it’s a ceremony that represents who you two are and honours your values.

Here’s a sample wedding ceremony. Be sure to click on some of the elements to learn more:

Casual announcements by Officiant
(what to do after the service, turn off cell phones, etc.)

Processional of wedding party and couple

Welcome by Officiant

Commitment Statements/Declaration of Intent

One or two prayersreadings or quotes

Brief reflection on readings and/or the couple’s story told by Officiant

The Vows

The Rings

Pronouncement/The Kiss

Signing of Registry

Wedding Blessing/Announcement of couple with new name (if applicable)

The Recessional

written by Riana Ang-Canning
feature image by Erica Miller Photography