Post # 1
We’re having a religious wedding, but not following a particular structure. Our pastor is very talkative (EXCELLENT public speaker), so his prayers tend to last a couple minutes. Depending on the health of FH’s grandfather, he will probably co-officiate (he’s also a pastor). Our pastor has known FH his entire life, and has known me since FH started dating 6 years ago, so he’ll probably say something about how he has watched our relationship grow over the years too. We’re not doing a unity candle or sand or anything. Basically, our vows, probably a verse reading or two, and whatever the pastors decide to throw in. What did y’all include in your ceremony, and how long did it last?
Post # 3
My wedding ceremony was about 25 minutes and that was 30 years ago. When my daughter got married last summer, I helped with nearly everything, including writing the ceremony. She wanted a fairly traditional church wedding, but with personal touches added in. The groom was OK with whatever she wanted, although I got them to go over the draft together before submitting it to our pastor. After researching several ceremonies from various Protestant denominations, I put together a very meaningful service that included beautiful Celtic piano music for the prelude and processional, a presentation of roses from the bride’s bouquet in memory of departed grandparents, a unity candle ceremony, two songs sung by friends from our church, exchange of vows and rings, signing the register, and of course, prayers and blessings by the pastor. The entire service from processional to recessional was 35 minutes. We concluded with a receiving line in the church foyer, followed by family pictures in the sanctuary. That took about 35 more minutes, so punch and water were served during the brief interlude between the ceremony and reception, which was held at the church gym. Outdoor photographs of the couple and the wedding party were taken after the reception and before the dance–about 2 hours total. It was a full day, but very memorable.