Ceremony details

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@beeconomist:  Good question.  Of the weddings I’ve been to, I knew they were about to start when the officiant and groom got to the front.  I’ve also heard a break in the music and then the next song, prosessional, will come on louder than the background music they had ahead of time.

Post # 4
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

My Groom and officiant literally stood at the front of the church for the HOUR before the wedding started!

Then there was a LONG (10 second?) pause in the music, and the processional started.

Post # 5
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

There is no need for the groom and the officient to stand an inordinately long time at the front.

Most churches have a side entrance at the front of the church through which, historically, the officient, groom and groomsmen entered.  They stood in a row at the front and watched the bridal party and bride enter.

Many couples are changing everything traditional about weddings, so if you want the groom to be part of the processional, have at it.

Regarding the subject f how the guests know when the processional is beginning, having the parents escorted down the aisle is a good clue. Then the organist or whomever is in charge of the music, changes from quiet listening music to something more dramatic that is also louder.

Post # 6
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

I’m never been to a wedding that had an announcement that the wedding was about to begin, the music is the only cue.  And I’ve also never been to a weding that the groom and groomsmen walk down the aisle, or the officiant.  They are always up front, whether it’s been a church wedding or at another venue.  But you can do it however you see fit.  I like the idea of the men and officiant already up front waiting for the bride 🙂

Post # 7
8847 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Our MC made an announcement that the ceremony was starting and to please find your seats (we had a pre-ceremony cocktail hour at our outdoor venue – highly recommended!!).  Then, once people were seated, our officiant walked down the aisle and made a short announcment.  Then the groom walked in with his parents, our sibs walked down the aisle and sat, our flower girls and ring bearer walked down and sat, and then me and my parents.

I think the MC announcmenent + officiant walking + officiant announcement was a solid heads up that things were happening…

Post # 8
6948 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@beeconomist:  There are a few ways to indicate the ceremony is about to start. 

If you don’t have music playing beforehand, music coming on is a cue to sit down and get ready.

If you do wnat music playing in the background beforehand, some people put on the program “when you hear BLAH BLAH SONG, please take a seat- the wedding is about to start!” Not everyone will read it, but enough will that they will get everyone else in order. 

Or… have the music silenced for several seconds. 

Or… have your groom and officiant walk in (from the side or whatever works). People seeing them will get their attention. 

Or… have your officiant say “Hey everyone. Sit down and shut up.” or, you know, whatever. 

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