Ceremony too short?

posted 2 months ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

I don’t really even understand how that’s possible.  Yeah, that sounds way too short, or perhaps you’ve allotted unrealistic amounts of time for certain things.

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

That sounds really short to me.  Our ceremony was about 15 minutes.

Are you not having any readings or anything?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Can we see the draft? 5 minutes is incredibly short for a ceremony.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Ours was maybe 10 minutes. No readings, or anything. Just vows and ring exchange and some words from officiant (who was a local Mayor). Perfect for us.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

longtobee :  That seems very speedy! But if you have no readings and dont plan on having the officiant say anything personal. I can see how there isn’t much else to do expect say I do…

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I appreciate a short ceremony. My maid of honours wedding ceremony was probably 6 minutes. No special readings, just vows, ring exchange, the basics to make it legal.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

Mine was only 5 minutes long! Some people made a little fun of us afterward, but most people we recieved compliments from saying they were happy to get to the fun part of the wedding!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think it kind of depends – will your guests be seated comfortably indoors? Or standing around in the sun? 

I think if your guests are going to be seated comfortably, you might want to make it a touch longer. Maybe throw in a short reading or ask your officiant to say something about you as a couple or something. But if your guests will be standing up outside in the sun, 5 minutes will be perfect. I went to a wedding this summer that was outside and only had seats for VIPs and elderly people so this pregnant lady appreciated their very short ceremony very much. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I would think that could potentially be too short – I’m not actually sure if you could get through the core elements in 5 minutes?? You may have misallocated time somehow? I’d think maybe 15 minutes for a short ceremony? My sister’s was 25 and that was pretty quick!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

I’ve been to and participated in a whole slew of weddings over my life time, and I cannot recall one single one EVER after which anybody said “WOW, that wedding was just too short!”

On the other hand……

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

That outline will definitely take more than 5 minutes.

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