(Closed) How long does a ceremoney usually last

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Most Protestant or non denominational ceremonies take 15 minutes. Ask your officiant. 

Post # 4
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Ours was about 15 minutes, and we added 2 readings to get it to be that long!  But we didn’t do a unity candle/sand/or other ceremony.  I think 15-20 minutes is pretty normal.

Post # 5
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Our ceremony was religious (AGC Christian), so it lasted approx 40-45 minutes. Our ceremony included a processional, singing a hymn, multiple prayers, a short sermon from our pastor, personal vows, formal vows and exchanging rings. Everyone said they loved our ceremony and that it was one of their favorite parts of the day.

I think most ceremonies only last like 15-20 minutes though, especially if they are secular.

Post # 6
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

There are vows and a ring exchange.

Speak to your officiant.  Usually justice of the peace ceremonies are the quickest.

Post # 7
48 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

We’re getting married by the registrar (legal requirement in Germany) and since we’re not having an additional religious or free ceremony this is going to be our proper, one chance to make it right, wedding ceremony. We’re aiming for 20 minutes of good mood feely-ness (as it can be a bit of a bureacratic ‘sign on the dotted line’ act if you’re unlucky with your registrar).

A church ceremony would probably take longer.

Post # 8
2965 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Also if you’re having the non-traditional music how long are those songs going to last? Thats also something to think about. Thats how I estimated the ceremony time. Just something to think about. I have a processional song where my grandmother and bridal party walk down the aisle to (5:37) bride’s entrance song (4:08) song during the mixing of the sand (2:07) and the recessional song (3:53). Jus the songs makes 15 mins!!! I’m hoping this doesnt take more than 25-30 mins for my total ceremony to be over and done with.

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