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Wedding Ceremony Part Two

Wedding Ceremony Part Two Opening Remarks Dearly Beloved, we are assembled here in the presence of God, to join ___________ and ___________ , in holy marriage; which is instituted of God, regulated by His commandments, blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ, and to be hold in honor among all men. Let us therefore reverently remember […]

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Wedding Witness

Wedding Witness Bill Yaccino Officiating the weddings of unbelievers can be a key to reaching them. Pastor, thank you so much for the awesome job you did at our wedding. You helped us become a little less skeptical of the Christian faith.” I was encouraged by this feedback but haunted by it as well. How […]

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The Wedding Processional

WEDDING SERVICE PLANNER THE PROCESSIONAL – ENTERING THE CHURCH In all the styles mentioned below the signal for the commencement of the wedding is normally the seating of the mother of the bride by the usher, the latter who then informs the minister that the wedding party is ready. The wedding party, once assembled at […]

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Wedding Homily

WEDDING HOMILY (Given by the Rev. C. Wayne Hilliker) It was the theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer who once wrote—’It is not love that sustains your marriage, but marriage that sustains your love’. I believe that to be profoundly true. There is something both powerful and enduring in a covenant made before God and before one another. […]

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Sample Wedding

Sample Wedding THE EXCHANGE OF RINGS The rings are normally being held by the Best Man and the Maid/Matron of Honour. They may have received these rings from the ring bearer at the beginning of the service (during the processional) or have had them from the very start. In any case the minister will request […]

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Wedding Notes

The Wedding Clothes and Paul’s Advice on Clothing It must have taken you a long time to get ready this morning, N. It must have taken you some time too, N. You are dressed beautifully, just like in those fairytales we learned in school where the next line after the wedding was always, ‘and they […]

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The Wedding Address

WEDDING SERVICE PLANNER THE WEDDING ADDRESS Comments to those assembled and to the Bride and Groom as determined by the Presider. This is brief and to the point, and is usually followed by a prayer as the couple prepare to make their vows. As mentioned in the “Readings” section, the couple may also have another […]

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Declaration and Blessing of Marriage

WEDDING SERVICE PLANNER DECLARATION AND BLESSING OF MARRIAGE The declaration of marriage takes place following the vows and exchange of rings. Generally following the declaration the bride and groom are invited to kiss – and then, while still facing each other and holding hands, a blessing is pronounced upon them – with the Presider placing […]

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The Exchange of Rings

WEDDING SERVICE PLANNER THE EXCHANGE OF RINGS The rings are normally being held by the Best Man and the Maid/Matron of Honour. They may have received these rings from the ring bearer at the beginning of the service (during the processional) or have had them from the very start. In any case the minister will […]

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Candle Lighting Ceremony

WEDDING SERVICE PLANNER CANDLE LIGHTING Candles and candle holders are provided by the couple to be married. The three Candles are normally white – arranged on a table in front of the couple. The centre candle, called the Wedding or Unity Candle is sometimes being a bit larger than the two outside “family” candles. If […]

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Sample Wedding – 2nd Marriage for Both

Sample Wedding By Rick Hoyt A wedding for a couple in their late 30’s. This is a second marriage for both partners. WELCOME Welcome to this joyous day! Peter and Cheryl have invited you here today because you have an important place in their lives and you have an important role in this wedding. As […]

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The Exchange of Vows

WEDDING SERVICE PLANNER THE EXCHANGE OF VOWS There are many ways to exchange the actual vows. The following are a sample of traditional and not so traditional vows. The couple is asked to join hands for this part of the service and face one another. The groom is normally asked to go first with the […]

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Blessing of Family

WEDDING SERVICE PLANNER BLESSING OF FAMILY The blessing of the family has tended to replace the “who gives this woman to be married to this man”? The reasons for the replacement are related to the recognition that no one can “give” another. They can, however, bless them on their way. Please note that not only […]

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Signing the Register

WEDDING SERVICE PLANNER SIGNING THE REGISTER This is pretty basic stuff – but it must be done. Normally the signing table or lectern will be present in the place of the wedding. The Bride and Groom, and their legal witnesses (normally The Maid or Matron of Honour and the Best Man) will precede to the […]

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Declaration of Intent

WEDDING SERVICE PLANNER DECLARATION OF INTENT This declaration is one of the key parts of the wedding and could be considered to be part of the vows or promises. Notice the language focuses on what you “will”, not on what you “do”. This is very deliberate. It is meant to remind you that your “Will” […]

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Prayers for the Wedding

WEDDING SERVICE PLANNER PRAYERS AND THE LORD’S PRAYER No attempt has been made here to present a large variety of pastoral prayers. The Presider can “wing” this section – the main thing is to pray for not only the newly wed couple, but for all families, and for ourselves as individuals. The following is a […]

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