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The Parts of a Wedding Ceremony

The Recession Explained

The recession marks the end of the wedding ceremony. This is where everybody leaves, or "recedes" from the room.

OFFICIANT ACTIONS

  1. The officiant should be the last person to leave, unless otherwise specified.
  2. The officiant may be charged with instructing people on how to exit the ceremony. For instance, they may assign priority to the elderly, etc.
  3. Work with the couple and wedding planners to clearly establish how to recession is to transpire.

CEREMONY EVENTS

  1. The order of people leaving is usually the reverse of the procession.
  2. The married couple leaves first, followed by the wedding party (bridesmaids and groomsmen), followed by the rest of the wedding reception.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Now that we have gone over the 7 essential parts of a wedding ceremony, let's take a look at a Wedding Ceremony Template that follows this structure.

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