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A Step-By-Step Guide to Your Wedding Ceremony Order

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Congratulations, lovebirds! You’re on the exciting journey towards your big day, and the wedding ceremony is undoubtedly the heart of it all. We’ve got you covered with this step-by-step guide to help you orchestrate the perfect wedding ceremony order.


Wedding Ceremony Outline


Start planning your ceremony order when you’re about 30 days from your wedding day. Lean on your wedding planner, venue manager, or officiant to help you with this part of your wedding day. They have so much experience coordinating and being a part of ceremonies. Tap into their expertise to develop a clear timeline of events for your ceremony.


At this point in your planning process, you’ll have a lot of the details worked out for your ceremony like whether you want to do a unity candle, write your vows, or have a friend or family member do a reading. Make sure to discuss everything so no detail is missed! Now, you can start plugging these into a smooth-flowing sequence.


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Traditional Wedding Ceremony Order


1. Processional (3-6 Minutes)

The ceremony can’t start until everyone arrives and is in their place. The typical order for a processional starts with the officiant, the groom comes next accompanied by their parents or alone, the best man with the maid of honor, and the rest of the bridesmaids paired with the groomsmen. Next, the ring bearer hands off the rings, and the flower girl showers the aisle with petals as she makes her way down the aisle. Lastly, the bride is escorted by her father or family member to begin the ceremony.


2.  Opening Remarks (2-3 Minutes)

Once everyone has made it down the aisle and settled into place, the officiant welcomes everyone and talks about the significance of the day. They may share a few personal words about you, your partner, and your love story. The officiant says a few words about marriage and love, setting the stage for the vows.


3.  Readings and Special Performances (5-10 Minutes)

This is where you can include readings, poems, or musical performances. Invite friends and family to share their stories and wisdom to help you in starting your marriage with their sweet words. The officiant will announce each person to come up to the front to speak so everyone can see and hear them.


4.  Exchange of Vows (5 Minutes)

The heartfelt promises! You and your partner exchange vows you’ve written for each other or repeat traditional vows after the officiant. If you’re writing your vows, they can be as unconventional and personal as you want them to be. Don’t forget to speak loudly and clearly for all to hear, and say, “I do!”


5.  Exchange of Rings (3 Minutes)

The symbol of your commitment! You and your partner exchange rings, traditionally accompanied by the words, “With this ring, I thee wed.”


6.  Unity Ceremony (5 Minutes)

If you’re including a unity candle, sand ceremony, or any other symbolic ritual, this is the time for it.


7.  The Pronouncement (2-3 Minutes)

The officiant declares you married! Envelop your partner in a sweet embrace and enjoy your first kiss as a married couple!


8.  Recessional (5-10 Minutes)

The reverse of the processional. The newlyweds lead the way, followed by the wedding party, and finally, the guests.


Additional Tips:


1. Personalize Your Ceremony: Regardless of your chosen order, make sure to infuse your personalities and love story into every aspect. Your ceremony should be a reflection of your unique connection.


2. Choose Meaningful Music: Your playlist should reflect your emotions. If you have a song that’s “yours,” consider including it in the ceremony.


3. Engage Your Guests: Encourage your guests to participate, whether through readings or sharing well-wishes.


4. Practice, But Stay Natural: Rehearse your ceremony at least once to ensure smooth transitions, but don’t stress over perfection. Authenticity is the key!


5. Communicate with Your Officiant: Have a clear and open conversation with your officiant about your expectations and any specific elements you want to include.


6. Time Management: Have the officiant keep a close eye on the clock to ensure that your ceremony doesn’t run too long or too short.


7. Capture the Moment: Hire a professional photographer and/or videographer to capture all the special moments throughout your ceremony.


8. Don’t Forget the Rings: Assign someone you trust to be responsible for the wedding rings, just in case you or your partner forget them in the rush of the day.


9. Enjoy the Journey: This is your day. Breathe, smile, and savor every moment.



At Banquets of Minnesota, we want your wedding day to go as smoothly as possible. Our team will work closely with you to create the experience you desire. From the arbor, layout, and décor for your on-site ceremony to the last dance, our venue manager will work with you every step of the way. We can even help in creating your wedding ceremony order so it all flows with ease and you can enjoy every single moment.

Contact us at Banquets of Minnesota to get started planning your wedding ceremony today.