(Closed) How long was your non religious ceremony?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Ours will be 15-20 including the processional and recessional!

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Kafrine:  15-20 minutes from walking down the aisle to walking back down it! We had no readings, just a very basic ceremony. DH and I both don’t like long ceremonies so we wanted to make sure it wasn’t overly long.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@Kafrine:  

Our ceremony was very modern and beautiful. Not a traditional ceremony at all. 

My favorite part was after the ring exchange. We joined hands and our marriage commissioner said:

“These are the hands of your best friend, tender and strong and full of love for you, as you promise to cherish each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.”

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

15-20 is estimated for ours

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@Kafrine:  

Thanks! We are going to use it in our vow renewal. 

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

We Eloped.

We said Traditional Vows… and didn’t have any readings or extras (sand ceremony, etc) added in.

The Ceremony was over in less than 10 Minutes.  Start to finish, about 30 minutes … which included time speaking with Officiant before the Ceremony (as we had no Rehearsal), and time with the Photographer afterwards.

Short & sweet… just the way we both wanted it to be.

 

Post # 24
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Ours is set to be 20-25 minutes, which is just the length I wanted. If it was only 10 minutes I feel like that would be way too short for us. Anything longer than 30 minutes I figured would feel like it dragged on and on.

We start with a welcome, and our celebrant is having guests greet each other for a moment. She then introduces the ring warming and gets that started. Then she goes a little into our love story and history. We have one short reading. Then we’re doing a unity ritual – sort of like a sand ceremony, but we are pouring spices for our favorite curry. Then we’re doing the declaration of intent, vows, ring exchange, and wham, we’re married.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Less than 15 minutes.

Welcome speech given by the officiant

Short reading: excerpts from Chief Justice Margaret Marshall’s decision in Goodridge vs. MA Dept of Public Health

Vows

Ring

Married

Drinks!

It was perfect. 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think ours was about 20-25 minutes including the processionals. It went:

  1. Welcoming Remarks
  2. Reading x 2 (two short quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ray Bradbury)
  3. Vows (we wrote our vows so this took a bit more time)
  4. Ring Exchange
  5. Closing Remarks
  6. Married!

Post # 27
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

@Kafrine:  My friend is officiating our ceremony and she pulled some amazing secular readings for us. It should be about 30 minutes.

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

My Pastor performed our non-religious ceremony. We did pray but that was all that was religious. It was about 15 min. 

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Kafrine:  My secular wedding ceremony was about 15 minutes long.  Our officient let us write the ceremony (we pieced together some of his former ceremonies), which included some stuff on marriage and love, a reading, reciting our own vows, exchange of rings, and the mandated stuff he had to say.  

 

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Ours was about 20 minutes. Short and sweet! Smile

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ours was 20 min from processional to exit, including the signing and popping open a bottle of champaign and pouring it for our wedding party before walking back up the aisle.

 

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