Ceremony too short?

posted 11 months ago in Ceremony
Post # 16
2631 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

That will take longer than 5 minutes.  Do you have a different person doing the reading?  It will take a minute just for them to stand up and get to the front and then to sit back down.  Do you have any music playing during the transitions?  That takes time too.  Overall, I think the tranistions will take more time that you are thinking, and if your officiat is good, he’ll be speaking more slowly than normal.


Overall, I think it will take more than 5 minutes, which is good, because 5 minutes seems super short….  I think you have a great outline too.  There’s some good stuff in there,, but it won’t be too long either.  Just go with your script.  Sounds good to me!

Post # 18
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

longtobee :   lahela017 :  I read everything outloud and timed it, and it did take 5 minutes. But I agree with lahela017 : that if someone else is doing the reading, it will add time for them to stand and sit

Post # 20
4662 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’d allow about 120-140 words per minute. And there will be time between different people speaking.

Post # 21
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

Transitions always take longer than you expect! I think it’s lovely, and your vows are so touching.

Post # 23
1889 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Looks fine I’m length to me!!

Post # 25
3418 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

Most non-religious weddings I have been to have been about 10 to 15 minutes from the time the bride starts walking down the aisle to the time the couple walks out. I highly doubt yours will be 5 minutes. The JOP will take a lot more pauses than you are likely accounting for, and there will be moments that linger, etc. It’ll be around 10 minutes give or take. Which is both standard and appropriate.

I don’t see any sense in worrying about it. As long as you’ve got the elements that you want in there, it really doesn’t matter whether it ends up being 5 minutes or 15, does it?

Post # 26
3418 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

Haha oops! Didn’t see your update!

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