Post # 1
I need to finalize my ceremony details and I have no idea what do include, do, have etc. I know I walk up, there are vows….and done?
I was told that a ceremony should be about 30 minutes so what on earth do you include to make it last that long?
I would love to know some of the extra things you are including/did include in you ceremony.
Post # 3
I am a wedding planner. The average wedding ceremony that has no religious traditions involved is on average 15 minutes. That includes processional and recessional, so who ever is telling you 30 minutes is incorrect. You can have it be 30 minutes if you chose though.
Processional. Most ceremonies start with a story about the bride and groom or a poem/reading about love, wedding vows, exchange of rings, at this point you could do a prayer/benediction/or community support of the marriage, first kiss, recessional.
Hope this helps.
Post # 4
Yeah, I think ours is about 15 min long. It’s non religious, so not many passages or readings being done, just a couple of blurbs about us as a couple starting on our journey together and the love we share. Then the vows, the ring exchange, and bam we’re done! lol
Post # 5
@mwitter80: Thanks! That is helpful. I kept thinking I had to include special music or something which I really don’t want.
I have never been to a wedding that was less than 30 minutes so in my family I can see where that information would be applicable. I even attended one last year that last over an hour (it was ridiculous!!).
Post # 6
I have just written the first draft of our ceremony and this is the order we plan to do things in.
rose ceremony to mothers
exchange of rings
Post # 7
Our ceremony was literally less than five minutes long. It was just as meaningful and important to us, and I think the guests kind of appreciated not having to sit through anything long.
I was escorted in by my parents, there was a greeting by the officiant, we said our vows, exchanged rings, kissed, and walked on out!
Post # 8
Our ceremony will be between 20-30 minutes. We are signing the marriage license during the ceremony.