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Ceremony Writing: What Pieces Make Up a Wedding Ceremony?

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Tags: writing, asked to officiate, format

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 26th, 2019

Most first-time wedding officiants find themselves asking, "what pieces or parts are necessary in a wedding ceremony, and what else can be added to make the ceremony special?"  

You’ve probably seen hundreds of wedding ceremonies by now -- both in the real world and on television -- including some that you remember years later. 

What’s the secret? 

Well, there isn’t a “secret” because every couple is different, and their ceremony needs to be approached with fresh eyes. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a formula though. Don’t worry, we’ve got it down to a science, so here’s what you need to know to start with, and we’ll be with you right up to the ceremony: ...(continued)


How to Include Family and Friends in your Wedding Ceremony

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Tags: ceremony preparation, family, friends, ceremony, blessing, asked to officiate

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 2019

When it comes time to plan the wedding ceremony, couples often want to include their family, friends, and in some cases, their guests in the ceremony. Weddings are a communal event, and we want the shared experience to remain in the memories of our guests, long after the wedding is over and our loved ones have parted ways. 

Here’s some ideas to help you include as many friends and family as possible in your big day! 

The Family and Friends Blessing: The family and friends blessing is a small piece (reading) in which the officiant explains the importance of family and friends. After the reading, the officiant asks the guests whether they will support the couple as they begin this new chapter of their lives. It’s similar to the end of aisle question, but it’s answered in unison, allowing all guests to feel like they’re a significant part of the ceremony. 

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